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Thread #105162 Message #2162189
Posted By: GUEST,Shimrod
02-Oct-07 - 02:32 PM
Thread Name: 2007 Ewan MacColl Bio - Class Act
Subject: RE: Folklore: New Ewan MacColl Biography
"I think his most important contribution was his songwriting.Ihave never seen any of his play so cant comment on that."
There is no doubt that MacColl was a great songwriter, Cap'n - no-one would dispute that. But, through his magnificent singing, he introduced me to the great ballad repertoire of these islands, and I am forever in his debt for that. He also made an LP called 'The Manchester Angel' which is my favourite recording of all time - and a wonderful 'showcase' of English traditional song.
Finally, nearly 40 years ago now, I attended one of the weekend singers' workshop sessions which he and Peggy Seeger used to run and that was a truly life-changing experience.
There are few artists who have had such a positive impact on my life as Ewan MacColl.