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Thread #137936   Message #3208833
Posted By: Will Fly
18-Aug-11 - 08:52 AM
Thread Name: June Tabor Discussion
Subject: RE: June Tabor Discussion
Seeing and hearing June sing Richard Thompson's "Strange Affair", with Martin Simpson on guitar in a concert on BBC4 some months ago, was one of those beautiful moments when song, singer and accompanist were perfectly matched.

As for "The Roses of Picardy" - described some time ago in this thread as a "sentimental stinkeroo" - my own view is that it's a quietly nostalgic song from 1916, the music of which repays some study. The composer of the music, Haydn Wood, was a superb violin player and composer of light classics. The chordal and harmonic structure of the verse to R of P is a classic exercise in early 20th century light composition from a master of the genre. Personally, I can't hear it without thinking of the Somme - and the nostalgia, for me, is always tinged with melancholy.

I haven't heard June Tabor sing it, but I can imagine that she brought out that sense of melancholy.