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Thread #109916   Message #2302081
Posted By: GUEST,Tom Bliss
31-Mar-08 - 11:46 AM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
"And like it or not, that vocal accent *is* the type irrevocably associated with trad folk."

Err, sorry?

It is not an accent, it's a respected vocal technique just like bel canto, or the rock roar, or ballad tenor, or any other style, that has to be learned and developed and should be respected even if not liked. This singer happens to have an Irish accent, but that's not the point.

The point is that he is an expert exponent of a specific, long established and well-defined style, one that involves tiny and very precise alterations in pitch which are very VERY difficult to do well. The whole point is NOT to slide between the notes - but to land lightly and precisely on each ledge of the decoration. Caterwauling might be used unkindly to describe a screechy, slidy style of singing (like some singers) but not this technique, and to apply it in this case was just nasty.

There are lots of styles of music that do nothing for me, and some I actually dislike, but I'd never be so downright rude as to go on the radio and call them ghastly.

You friend's opinion of Ms Bush is one thing. But would he go on the radio and describe her in those terms? I hope he'd have better manners.

To quote from a new poem by a folk singer of this parish: "Decorum Mattersey."

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