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Thread #132312 Message #2995025
Posted By: Howard Jones
28-Sep-10 - 04:11 AM
Thread Name: Boring, Bleating Old Traddy (Peter Bellamy)
Subject: RE: Boring, Bleating Old Traddy (Peter Bellamy)
I can't claim to have known him - I only met him two or three times, although I have fond memories of an afternoon in his company at a small festival in Suffolk where he was the main guest. However I think many of us who were around at the time - even those who didn't know him personally - feel a collective sense of guilt that we didn't appreciate him enough when he was alive. He could be uncompromising, with a voice and singing style which you either liked or hated, and it is undeniable that he polarised audiences.
We failed to appreciate him enough, and it's hard to avoid the conclusion that it contributed to his state of mind.
In the words of Karl Dallas, he "was a giant in a world where the pygmy is the standard by which all must be measured."