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GUEST,raymond greenoaken Peter Bellamy - died 24 Sept 1991 (190* d) RE: Peter Bellamy 18 yrs today since he died 30 Sep 11

Back of the net, Dick! Personally, I'm well aware that the things I love about PB's singing are precisely the things that annoy so many. I love the ferocity, the theatricality – and the bleat. I'm not being wilfully eccentric: these are just the things that go straight to the emotional bullseye for me. It's noteworthy, I think, that his singing always makes me laugh – with mirth, when he's putting across a humorous trope, but also with sheer delight when he unerringly nails some intrinsic quality in the song. Can't think of any other singer who makes me laugh even at serious bits, with the sole exception of Jim Eldon. And if push comes to shove, I'd say that's why he (PB) is the best singer, for me, that the folk movement has produced.

He also happens to have written some of the very finest tunes to have come out of that same movement. Do any of his tunes get up people's noses too?

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