I think Sylvia Woods carries the two instrumental albums, "The Legend of The
Scottish Harpers", volumes 1 & 2. I know they worked together and was on "A
Glint At The Kindling", but I was unaware that she had been a student of his;
I know she has a completely different attitude to taching than he does and I
was told she believes she has to unteach his students before she can teach
them. I took lessons from Robin for a few months, but I could never quite
master the coordination and my little lap harp only had 21 strings, not
enough to keep up the work on. However, I must say he was an excellent
teacher, never made me feel stupd no matter how bad I was. I learned more
about life and him and things Celtic than I did harp, but well, perhaps that
was what I was there to learn.
I have a lot of the old "Incredible String Band" vinyls too, but I far prefer
him as a bard to an experimental musician. That's where his real gift lies.
What's he doing in Wales? Living there with his family, as far as I know. I
lost touch with him 3 or 4 years ago and lost his address in the earthquake
we had in the San Fernando Valley a bit over 2 years ago. His U. S. post box
address in Los Angeles is no longer good, and I haven't managed to find the
British one, which I believe is still good, at least for ordering tapes and
CDs, and he may still even be selling records. There are 3 books, "Selected
Poems", "Five Denials on Merlin's Grave", and "The Craneskin Bag" also, all
very worthy. The latter is a compilation of the Wee Jack stories and the
like. There is also one book he used to sell which has an expanded version
of his "Song of Mabon" in it, along with works from several other writers,
but it may be out of print.
He probably has a couple of new cassettes or CD's out. The last one I have
is songs for children, but I'm not sure if that's the title. I think I have
talked myself into going home and putting on Ten of Songs and lamenting about
Wallace's broken heart.
If you find out anything, please let me know. He was working on preserving
the last 8 acres of the Caledon Forest, and I am now representing the
Sherwood Forest Trust in England, a charitible trust, which is trying to
reclaim and replant Sherwood Forest, down from a strip which once ran 20
miles by 8 miles to scattered pockets of trees which now span about 3/4 of a
square mile. Quite a project.