Musician and Portsmouth University lecturer Dave Allen is 62 and lives in Old Portsmouth. Tomorrow he performs at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, in his duo Reet Petite & Gone as part of the Pompey Pop Show. Here he describes his perfect weekend.
· What would be your ideal weekend destination?
Southsea seafront is fine by me. If not there then the Isle of Wight for beaches, countryside, cliffs, cricket grounds and villages – all within easy reach – plus no motorways or high-rise buildings.
· Not counting your loved ones, who would be your dream companion?
Keith Richard. Imagine the stories (and the music).
· What music would you take with you?
With Keith, maybe nothing more is needed? Otherwise, Muddy Waters, Miles Davis, Country Joe & the Fish and Bob Dylan. They’ve been lifelong companions.
· What about something to read?
This weekend, Bound for Glory – the autobiography of folk singer Woody Guthrie. July is the centenary of his birth, so I’ll remind myself why he still matters.
· What would be your ultimate way to relax?
An empty head is the secret (and it’s rare for me). If I was a better guitar player that would do it, so maybe Keith can help.
· If money were no object, which shop would you head for?
The Music Room in Commercial Road. I’d buy a guitar or keyboard for every Pompey kid, add in some lessons and watch the world change.
· What’s your all-time favourite film?
It’s A Wonderful Life. An ordinary guy goes from dreaming to despair and then redemption. What’s more, he’s a banker with a conscience and a sense of social purpose. There’s a thought!
· We’re buying the drinks tonight. What’s your poison?
Good English bitter will do, although I’m often content with real ginger ale or lime and soda.
· What are you doing this weekend?
Today, just like Paul Simon, ‘I have nothing to do but smile’ and that’s a rare delight.
Tomorrow is the Pompey Pop Show at the Kings Theatre, so most of the day will be setting up, sound checking and then performing – all the while reminding myself how much fun it’s been to ‘get back’ to my 1960s.
· What’s a favourite local destination for a weekend day out?
Hampshire’s Cricket Ground, the Ageas Bowl, up the M27. More than 50 years of my life has been invested in supporting them and I have many friends there. Can we arrange some sunshine please?