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Thread #109916   Message #2306373
Posted By: GUEST,Jon
04-Apr-08 - 08:51 AM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
Brian, I've tried focus many of my comments on instrumental sessions. I have my reasons but it's been suggested I don't go into it in this thread. I'll try to leave it at that.

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As for inspiration and being attracted to folk in the first place, I think singing at home with the piano and singing at school (notably Singing Together) would have been sufficient for me to always have some inbuilt like of folk music waiting to be triggered off later.

Of course professionals have helped too. I'd single out the Clancey Brothers and Tommy Maken from childhood and Barney McKeena of the Dubliners later in life. The revisiting the Dubliners and me picking up on the tunes possibly owes a bit to a local folk club and some participation in Morris...

On this, to me, it is exactly as Tom has suggested, ie. both pro and am have been important to me and it has needed both for my personal "folk journey.