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Thread #101506   Message #2048078
Posted By: Ythanside
10-May-07 - 11:06 AM
Thread Name: What got you hooked on folk music?
Subject: RE: What got you hooked on folk music?
Time; Early 1950s.
Location; (Non-)working class slum in Dundee, Scotland(difficult to imagine, I know, but it really did exist).
Event; Waking to the sound of an angelic voice, and dashing outside to find that its unlikely source was a middle-aged street singer.
The Singer; Mary Brooksbank.
The Song; Joe Hill.
The Effect; Instant intoxification, a 'high' that just blew me away, that turned me into a music junkie at eight years old.

The combination of voice, melody and lyric still presses all the right buttons for me, Mal Waite singing 'Wild Geese', Bill Alldrick's 'Franklin', Luke Kelly's 'Raglan Road' or 'Night Visiting Song' being prime examples.
'Super-fixes' are more rare these days(well I AM getting old, as my wife insists upon reminding me), but they do still happen from time to time. My latest find is Jean Redpath's rendition of 'Before They Close The Minstrel Show', and it's absolutely sublime. I'm thoroughly ashamed to admit that I heard it for the first time only about two months ago, but am delighted with the discovery and haven't stopped singing it since then.      
Most folkies I've encountered over the last half century or so are unable(or unwilling?) to pinpont what got them started, hence this thread.

BTW, is the Bob Coltman who posted here a short while ago the same Bob Coltman who wrote 'Before They Close The Minstrel Show'?
If so, I must say I'm in awe of your songwriting and would like to know where I might buy your CDs. I've been looking and asking around for weeks and can't find a source. Perhaps serendipity DOES exist, after all.