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Thread #119597   Message #2623045
Posted By: Jack Blandiver
02-May-09 - 05:39 AM
Thread Name: What is 'feral folk music'?
Subject: RE: What is 'feral folk music'?
sing out of a book

My memory is so poor these I've taken to using printed sheets for new songs that just won't go in. This is a practical necessity, though not altogether without precedent - I've just uploaded my Gently Johnny / Song 32 sequence onto my myspace page ( for the purposes of which I'm using words. There is no shame in using words - The Coppers do it, and I do it in church too when singing hymns, so why not in folk clubs?


As an ex-pat Northumbrian myself I yearn for the wilds; even for the bleak pans of Cambois with fond memories of the chimneys of Blyth A & B that still haunt my dreaming, but mostly my hearts in the Jolly Fisherman at Craster, washing crab sarnies down with a bottle of Dog before a merry trudge up to Dunstanburgh Castle & beyond...

A few Merry Mays back we ensconced ourselves midst the rockpools at low tide with a diversity of gongs, pocket trumpet, singing bowls and suchlike for an afternoon of feral field-recording, & filming. Needs must I dig out the footage. I seem to recall the whole of Craster had taken on the semblance of the Wicker Man on account of them filming some TV series there - now what was all that about?

For whatever we lose, like a you or a me, it's always ourselves we find in the sea...