Fifty years ago two Irish friends, about to marry, were slimming down possessions ready for their new life. They gave me what they thought were blank reel-to-reel tapes. I checked them over at home and discovered their beautiful voices. Later I thanked them and said how much I loved their singing. They hadn’t realised they were recorded and were acutely embarrassed so I gave the tapes back. The Shores Of Amerikay is the only song I had memorised.
The illustration is Cathedral Harbour, St John’s, Newfoundland.