The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #109916   Message #2306438
Posted By: Brian Peters
04-Apr-08 - 10:15 AM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
"I'm not sure i entirely agree. I love VOTP, but I think it's important to keep the recordings in perspective. They consist of one person's interpretation of a song, which had a life long before that particular singer took it on. It's a snapshot, and not necessarily a definitive one."

Yes, of course you're right. My remark was a bit of a throwaway that I hadn't really thought through. What I was trying to do was suggest that people might at least listen to one or more versions from tradition, rather than just copying the Carthy version or the Nic Jones version or the Kate Rusby version, as quite a few tend to do. Yes - find your own voice. But you can draw on some of the skills of the old singers without necessarily performing a ludicrous copy of, say, Fred Jordan. Sam Lee seems to manage the former pretty well!