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Thread #134256   Message #3057095
Posted By: GUEST,Alan Whittle
19-Dec-10 - 07:26 AM
Thread Name: Ballad Singing: A Dissenting Opinion
Subject: RE: Ballad Singing: A Dissenting Opinion
The thing is that in those days - lots of people did it. So the techniques could be seen on every street corner.

Face the facts - its an artform that's ben pretty much lost. you can see guys like Carthy or the late Ewan MacColl making a brave stab at guessing how it might have been. But Martin's livelihood (thank God) doesn't rely on how many copies of a broadsheet he can flog at a ha'penny a time from a pitch in the street. he doesn't have to subdue a roomful of pissed up vikings with his story telling skills.

It must have been very different.