Weekend with Dave Allen

Dave Allen
Dave Allen
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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?