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Thread #116775   Message #2510199
Posted By: evansakes
08-Dec-08 - 05:03 PM
Thread Name: 2008 R2 Young Folk Award - What Happened
Subject: RE: 2008 R2 Young Folk Award - What Happened
Yes, it is Nettlebed they're linked to.

Having a quick listen to MySpace I'm pretty certain the song 'Lavender Moon' was one of the songs they played on the night. Listen to it and imagine it stripped down to just guitar and sax and that's pretty much what we had on the night.

The issue of the accents is a strange one for me....I didn't notice that Megan sang in a particularly English one or that Jayhawkers were employing American ones. Musicality, quality of song, tone of voice, diction etc but please God I hope the judges weren't marking up or down based on such trivialities.

Megan has a distinctive and powerful voice and Joe is a talented sax player with a mature ear for improvisation. I'd say he's listened a fair bit to the likes of David Sanborn. This of course wouldn't ever be a bad thing but it's not going to help him gain much of a folky sensibility. Just as you'd never expect Courtney Pine or Wayne Shorter to be nominated for a Folk musician of the year award.

This may be doing them a disservice but it would be reasonably easy to understand how people could jump to the conclusion that Megan and Joe have been encouraged to temporarily disengage themselves from their band purely to enter this competition.