The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #89022 Message #1679513
Posted By: GUEST,Bemusedpunter
26-Feb-06 - 02:24 PM
Thread Name: Origins: The Golden Glove (Dog and Gun)
Subject: RE: Origins: The Golden Glove (Dog and Gun)
To Malcolm Douglas
Last word from me on the subject of the Wallis review; after all, you raised it in the first place, and are still prepared to continue with your somewhat hit-and-run comments, and pretty much in the same manner as the reviewer – hence my somewhat feeble joke about your writing style.
Despite the fact that I disagree with you totally about Wallis's review, may I express my heartfelt gratitude to you for giving me the opportunity to set the record straight.
At the time of the review we were still trying to put right some of the damage done by McCormick's nastiness through his Mulqueen and Cronin efforts. Most of us here adopted the easy way out, kept our heads down and said to ourselves 'the Brits are at it again'.
We couldn't believe that anybody, for whatever reason – (who knows, Wallis might have wanted to join Fred's 'Big League!') would take some sort of satisfaction on the backs of traditional singers.
Even if Carroll and Mackenzie had made twice the number of mistakes that your man accused them of, surely the singers on the CDs deserved some acknowledgement, and maybe a comment or two about the songs wouldn't be out of place.
Those of us whose families have lived their lives with the consequences of mass emigration know damn well that the points that were made on the subject, if anything were understated.
As for the church's attitude to traditional music, five minutes conversation with an older musician would soon put Wallis right (despite his dismissive attitude towards the opinions of one of our great music researchers, Breandán Breathnach).
You will, I am sure, be aware of the damage done by McCormick, in making inaccessible the rest of the extremely important Cronin material. It is to be hoped that Carroll and Mackenzie don't adopt the same attitude towards their own collection, though I have to confess, were it me in their place I would think very seriously about putting anything I value within the not-so-tender clutches of the Musical Traditions reviewers (Wallis and Grommitt isn't a bad name for them.
Thanks to Musical Traditions' behaviour a new phrase has recently entered our vocabulary - people are referring to something having been MTd (vandalised).
Thanks again for raising the subjec and giving us a chance to set the record straight
Over and out