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Rick at Peoria Library, Peoria, Arizona Mon 22nd September 2014 by Myrna Foster 

Hello again,

We meet again in the virtual world, since lockdown, along with government policies on the arts, has destroyed live music and theatre. I hope you are all coping, while still trying to make sense of all the madness and mayhem going on in the world. To all my friends in Arizona, I’m sorry I didn’t make it over there last year, and was still unable to do so this year, but circumstances dictate otherwise.

Sadly, I lost my good friend, excellent musician, and all round nice guy, Mick Graves, in July. He had played on some of my albums, and he will be sadly missed. The funeral service was beautiful, and a lot of friends, musicians and family were there to pay their respects on the day. RIP Mick.

As you know, all of my dates here in the UK, for folk clubs, care homes, Women’s Institutes, and many others, were cancelled, which left a very empty calendar. I have managed to play a couple of dates, and one or two are now creeping back in, but there are still no guarantees. Just to prove that, I have had to cancel some of the bookings recently added, as a result of a fall, I have broken two toes in my foot, which means I can’t drive, and I am now wearing a giant boot, and using a crutch. The staff at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, were brilliant, and I can’t thank them enough for all that they did.

Meanwhile, our thoughts go out to the people working for the NHS, and in care homes, who really are putting their lives on the line, in many cases without adequate support. Meanwhile, keep supporting the National Health Service, and don’t allow it to be privatised. Make sure you speak up for it, to ensure that it continues well in to the future, for all our sakes. And on that note, make sure you are registered to vote in the upcoming elections.

Just to remind you that I am still not sending out my newsletters. In the light of all my dates being cancelled, and with few, or none, coming in, there seems to be little point. I will resume sending them as soon as dates start to pick up again.

Meanwhile, It’s About Time, the album, is still available, and selling, along with my other recordings, via the website (PayPal). Make sure you get your copy, to help me compensate for the lack of gigs.

Thanks for supporting live music over the years, and I hope you will again, when all this is over. Until then, take care of each other, and stay safe.

October 2021

It's About Time

The latest album from Rick Christian