Interconnections


I was listening to Dave Raven’s blues radio show this morning and while I was listening to a new Sean Taylor track I had a mooch around Dave’s website and found a link to a bit of history of Taggs Island. Turns out that close by there is a houseboat moored on the Middlesex bank called ‘Astoria’.

Turns out Astoria was once owned by Fred Karno, entertainment impresario of the early 20th century who gave a number of entertainers their break. These include Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Will Hay, Flannegan and Allen and my Grandfather, Gus McNaughton.

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This comes back to the modern era because Astoria is now owned by Pink Floyd guitar legend Dave Gilmour who uses her as a recording studio. Where do the connections come in? Well all these connect my recent preoccupations with the Blues with one of my favourite guitarists – Gilmour – my family – tenuously and Sean Taylor, who played a gig at Shakedown in 2012. An example of Douglas Adams’ interconnectedness of all things.

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