Long ago before they were famous, Astrid Kirchherr heard The Beatles in a Hamburg, Germany night club. She soon decided that she wanted to be as close to the Beatles as she could.
Another thing about Astrid is that when walked into the room every head would turn her way.
Astrid asked the Beatles if they they would mind letting her take photographs of them and most of the pictures you see of The Beatles from their early days in Hamburg were taken by Astrid.
Mandolin Bridge has their own "Astrid" called Kathy Abbot. When Kathy first saw Mandolin Bridge she determined right away to become friends. Most of the pictures you see on our website and promotions were taken by Kathy.
Kathy comes to most of our shows and she's usually the first one on the dance floor. She dances with free-spirited abandon and people often ask us what her connection is with the band.
If they ask her directly, she will answer, "They allow me to help them set up and tear down their equipment" as though it's a privilege. It's true we don't let just anybody help us. There's an exact science to the way we wrap cables, things to do and not to do, and an order in how and when each item goes into the van. Most help however well intended is more often a hindrance. Kathy has watched closely how we do things and has learned the ropes. When she's not there we miss her. So the privilege is ours.
Kathy has been to so many of our shows that she has become friends with many of the people who come to see us. She's often the thread that ties one group of people to another. Because of Kathy, two big tables of friends soon become one bigger table of friends.
We're happy and proud to call Kathy our friend. If you haven't met Kathy and you love to dance, be sure and introduce yourself. Once you get to know Kathy you'll soon find you have more friends than you could ever have imagined! Kathy has a way of bringing people together. PHOTO BY WILLIAM DAVID DICE