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Thread #87396 Message #1631196
Posted By: Abby Sale
20-Dec-05 - 08:08 AM
Thread Name: Happy! – Dec 20 (Enoch Kent)
Subject: Happy! – Dec 20 (Enoch Kent)
December 20, 2001
Enoch Kent's 70th Birthday Tribute
at the Flying Cloud Folk Club in Toronto
(ie, born 12/20/1931)
And his first live (but non-commercial) CD.
Happily, he's recorded four (I think) more now (Check with Camsco) but he still "owes" the world about 25 more.
Seems Enoch left Edinburgh just shortly before we arrived in 1966. I've never been in the same room, or, perhaps, country, as the man. But I did get a nice sampler LP with a few Edinburgh friends on it and a bare four tracks of Kent's. One was the "Gaberlunyie Man." It was to me (but not so much to Scotland) a completely new and exciting and satisfying tack in which to sing ballads – especially for one which had already been and remains my faforite.
I've been a frustrated fan since. As have perhaps 100,000 others. In spite of much urging, Enoch refused to record or gig, feeling, he says, that he could not bring himself to commercialize his tradition.
As I get the story, Enoch re-started his career, apparently, when Tam Kearney and another ex-Scot were in a store in Toronto and heard this voice order something. They realized who it was and Tam went straight up and said that Enoch was booked at Fiddlers' Green and no refusal possible.
At the above Birthday Tribute you might be stunned (well, I was!) to hear a joyous audience loudly singing along on the chorus of "McGinty's Meal and Ale." No small task, I assure you.
[much thanx to Rana Sodhi of the Flying Cloud Folk Club, Toronto]
Fine sea song singer William Pint born 12/20/1953 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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