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Oct UK Tour 2002

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Narvel's UK Tour with Slim Whitman
October, 2002


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Narvel Felts & Slim Whitman Backstage
Opera House, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Oct. 12, 2002

I arrived in London Oct 1st, after flying through the night from St. Louis. When I arrived at my hotel I met Slim Whitman in the lobby. He'd just flown through the night from Orlando. We were there to do a 20 concert tour (His Farewell Tour) of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

This tour was promoted by Mervyn Conn. In England we would play theatres, concert halls and Opera Houses in Portsmouth, Eastbourne, Torquay, Salisbury, Croybon, Nottingham, Hull, Newcastle, Darlington, Stoke on Trent, Reading, Liverpool, Cambridge, Worthington and Norwich. In Scotland, Edinburgh and Glasgow. In Northern Ireland, Derry and Belfast.

The shows would open with the Metric Stetsons, then Vanessa Barrett. After her show she would introduce me and I would close the first half. Slim Whitman would do the last half, his son Byron would be a part of his show.

Narvel fans were sprinkled through the audiences. Slim fans were very kind to me. Highlights were the standing ovations and encores given me in many cities throughout the tour such as Nottingham, Derry, Belfast and Glasgow. At intermission and at the show's end, I'd join BCL Merchandising in the lobby and autograph while they sold my CDs. I was usually among the last to leave the building. I was almost mobbed while autographing in Liverpool.

This tour worked very well for me so chances are, there will be another one in 2003.

Oct. 30th I flew back to St. Louis then drove the 200 miles on home to Loretta, a month after I left - My longest tour since Germany and Belgium in 1979 - That time, Loretta, Stacia and Bub plus my band were with me.

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