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Thread #6827 Message #3153604
Posted By: GUEST,Alan Whittle
13-May-11 - 05:22 PM
Thread Name: Hamish Imlach (1940-1996)-info, songs, etc.
Subject: RE: Hamish Imlach (1940-1996)-info, songs, etc.
British folk music was great in those days - inspirational because it was eclectic - it opened new worlds to you. Carried off with superlative guitar picking, presented brilliantly and with charismatic delivery and political awareness. Hamish was a class act. I never knew the guy, but I was in awe of him.
I think his guitar style had been influenced by ramblin Jack eliot - certainly his version of blind lemon jefferson's Matchbox Blues was. he was a neat picker though - listen to his version of the Foggy Dew. I loved his version of Where the Gowdie Rins. It wasn't always a success - I never liked the bluesy guitar to black is the Colour. Christy moore sold that song to me.
I suspect that sort devotion to the craft costs in lots of ways that you can't quantify. Still - good job some people go for it. otherwise we wouldn't know how it needs to be done. We'd only have the word of people who say - listen to folk music cos its good for you - not because it has the power to entertain.