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George Papavgeris The Position of Don MacClean (32) RE: The Position of Don MacClean 11 Feb 12

Stop and think. The guy is not deaf, he clearly knew the guitar was out of tune. Why then did ho not retune? I offer one explanation, similar (though on a grander scale) to what happened to me Monday night - I was told "you're on, two quick ones, please, we're short of time" as I came into the room, no chance to tune up. I obliged and managed to go through Emptyhanded with 2 strings out of tune somehow - and a third string went seriously out of kilter by the end of the song. I retuned after that, for the second song.

We know that the Folk Awards were live and on a tight schedule - indeed, Ralph McTell later on indicated precisely that when he said "I have been given two and a half minutes to do this introduction". I imagine everyone, Don included, was on promise to be as quick about it as they could. So he goes on, guitar is off. Dilemma - retune, or make do? He opted for the latter, just as I did on Monday (I hasten to add that this is the sum total of any similarities between us!). I can't say I blame him, you play as you find sometimes.

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