The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #23215 Message #2376477
Posted By: Janie
28-Jun-08 - 10:57 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req/Add: Roller Bowler
Subject: RE: Roller Bowler by Finn & Haddie on U-Tube
Damn, it is good to hear and see you, Barry! That is one of my favorite cuts on the CD you guys did.
Based on my own experiences of seeing you both perform and lead songs in a song circle, one of the things that is so powerful about your performances, im (exceedingly) ho, is the way you convey to your audience the authenticity of the music you do, and engage them in a real sense of the utility of the song to men working to haul in a sail, or prisoners chopping cotton or working a road gang. If you have some one to man the camera, you might want to have them pan the audience during times they are also participating, like in this song, to better capture this.
Anyone who has seen you live, Barry, comes away with a sense of the real place - both the functionality and the expression of the human spirit and condition -of these chanties and worksongs in the lives, labors, loves, heartbreaks, and often grindingly laborious and mundane lives of human beings.
Keep it up!