Bob Davenport

Decades: 1990s 2000s


31 May 1932, Gateshead, Tyne And Wear, England. Although more often known as the front man in Bob Davenport And The Rakes, both with and without the group, Davenport enjoyed a great deal of popularity and earned a high degree of respect during the British folk revival. Down The Long Road included an unaccompanied version of the classic ‘Whiskey In The Jar’. The Rakes formed in 1956, essentially as a dance band, but managed to combine both this role with that of backing Davenport. To many, both acts were an inseparable whole. The Rakes, then just Michael Plunkett (fiddle/whistle), and Reg Hall (melodeon), met Davenport in the Queen’s Arms, Camden Town, London, in 1956. Paul Gross (fiddle), joined the Rakes later on. After earlier doing his National Service with the Royal Air Force, Davenport first sang in public in 1956, at the Bedford Arms, Camden Town, and, in 1959, won the Collet’s Folk Music Contest, as the best amateur performer in...

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