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Derby Ram Peter Paul & Mary on BBC4 (43) RE: Peter Paul & Mary on BBC4 29 Jan 09

In 1964, Peter, Paul & Mary were the guys who really woke me up to the power of vocal harmony and set me on a course of self development in folk music and song arrangement. Their story telling skill through their singing and supportive arrangements was outstanding and as I understand it, thoroughly in keeping with the whole accepted ethos of folksong performance. Perhaps their only crime was a little sophistication and experimentation and if that's true...BRING IT ON! Remember all you very English folk (LIKE ME), they were American, they sang like Americans and their musical interpretations followed a direct American historical musical development line which in my view despite their being targeted by Warner Bros for a commercial manufactured Folk Band were intensely passionate, sincere and committed to their art and folk music in general - but were never 'gated' by it. What's more, a large percentage of their material was in fact English. They not only moved with the times throughout their long, though circumstantially interrupted career together, they also moved the times along occasionally. They were FANTASTIC!

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