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Banjo Man (Quina Chapman / Free Festival)

By | Published on Tuesday 12 August 2014

Quina Chapman’s father had a one-off chart hit playing the banjo in the 90s. Through songs, memories and stories that have been passed on to her, Chapman reveals the pride in him that she only truly recognised after his death in 2009. Her performance is understandably emotional but it’s not always heavy hearted; there are laughs and funny anecdotes along the way, too. The finale is particularly touching, serving not just as a conclusion to the show but also as a goodbye to her father. ‘Banjo Man’ is a moving tribute to Roger Dinsdale; capturing the emotions of loss and regret but, mostly, of outstanding pride.

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