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Thread #16103   Message #148681
Posted By: Metchosin
13-Dec-99 - 04:33 AM
Thread Name: Martin Carthy - general discussion
Subject: RE: Martin Carthy
Lost John
Wabash Cannonball
Cumberland Gap
Digging My Potatoes
Have a Drink on Me
My Old Man's a Dustman
Does your Chewing Gum Loose Its Flavour
Nobody Loves Like an Irishman
Yes, some of his recordings sound dated, some not, my God the man's almost 70 years old and first recorded Rock Island Line in England in 1954, but that doesn't diminish The King of Skiffles impact on British Folk and Rock Music and his influence on the Beatles and their subsequent impact on North America.

I don't mean to lead this thread away from Martin Carthy, I love the man's music, he can bring me to tears (and so does Richard Thompson) and he has had a huge impact on Celtic Music and a subsequent impact on present day folk music in general, but I am loathe to see Donegan's stellar contribution denegrated.

If you are interested in finding out more about Lonnie Donegan, go to I'm sorry I don't know how to do the blue clickety thing, but if anyone else can, please do. Some of his recordings are still available. I don't think the 1977 album Putting On the Style is, but I would gladly send you a copy. Some of the cuts on it are dog sh*t, despite the impressive list of contributers ( Rory Gallagher, wow!, Ringo Starr, Albert Lee, Brian May, Ronnie Wood, Leo Sayer, Elton John and others] but a few are stunning. There is also a more recent bootleg tape floating about of a Parlour Session of Donegan and Van Morrison.