From: SEFAN [admin_at_sefan_dot_org_dot_uk]
Sent: 05 September 2006 11:08
Cc: Vic Smith
Subject: SEFAN:2006-09-05:01. Geoff Harden

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From: "Doug Hudson" <doug_dot_hudson_at_blueyonder_dot_co_dot_uk>
Date: 5 September 2006 09:08:57 BDT
Cc: "mike peters" <mike_at_muzikman_dot_freeserve_dot_co_dot_uk>, "burkin, kay" <kay_dot_burkin_at_medway_dot_gov_dot_uk>, <brodgers_at_blueyonder_dot_co_dot_uk>, "JOHN FIRMAN" <john_dot_firman2_at_btopenworld_dot_com>
Subject: Geoff Harden

I have heard today that Geoff Harden died yesterday in Belfast after suffering from heart disease and cancer.
Geoff ran the hugely successful Medway Folk Centre in the Old Ash Tree in Chatham in the early seventies, booking the likes of Long John Baldry, Richard Thompson, Malicorne and every well known folk act of the time. He also encouraged many local musicians to develop their talent. He wrote the folk column in the Evening Post under the pseudonym Al. E. Stire and opened an intimate singers' club in Wouldham.
The audiences at the Old Ash Tree were regularly over 200 and Geoff, who worked for the BBC, recorded every moment from floor singer to star's encore. He moved back to Belfast in the late 70s where he was active in the arts - instigating the Belfast Folk Festival.
He was a journalist and a mover and shaker in the arts world in Northern Ireland, bridging sectarian differences.
His death was quite sudden and he will be missed by the many folk enthusiasts, musicians and artists who came into contact with him.
Doug Hudson

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