The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #65111   Message #1126401
Posted By: The Borchester Echo
29-Feb-04 - 05:09 PM
Thread Name: Jim Moray....
Subject: RE: Jim Moray....
Of those mentioned by Tunesmith, only Martin Carthy and June Tabor are still performing. Nic Jones is unable to and the other two are long dead. There are a handful of others who started then who are still regularly on the road:   Louis Killen, Pete Coe, John Kirkpatrick, and Dick Gaughan are probably the most active. And sadly, two of the greatest, Peter Bellamy and Tony Rose are no longer with us and the Dransfields no longer perform.

Interesting though that you should cite Nic Jones and June Tabor. These are two of Jim Moray's greatest influences. Who else with similar talent has emerged in the past 20 years? You could start by looking at the revivalists' children: Eliza Carthy, Nancy Kerr, Benji Kirkpatrick (and all the rest of Dr Faustus), Rose Kemp. And the many brought up on their parents' vinyl, morris dancing and festival involvement: such as Spiers & Boden, Kate Rusby, Laurel Swift. Jim Moray has said that Sidmouth Festival was his family's annual holiday...

The wave that preceded these in the late 1980s brought Kathryn Tickell, Karen Tweed, Chris Wood, Andy Cutting, Ian Carr, Simon Care to the fore, all of whom are sharing and passing on their musical expertise to young musicians through workshops such as those organised by Folkworks. If Tunesmith or anyone else stuck in the myth of overall 60s revivalist talent could be arsed to get along to one of these, they'd be left in no doubt that there is tremendous up-and-coming talent and knowledge which far surpasses what we had way back then.

I really fail to see the point in begrudging today's younger musicians their success, their far superior musical knowledge, technique and expertise.   They have had advantages we didn't's our responsibility to catch them up, if we can, and admire them anyway.