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Thread #66703 Message #3262659
Posted By: Jim Carroll
24-Nov-11 - 09:24 AM
Thread Name: Gulp! Ewan MacColl - Scottish or Not?
Subject: RE: Gulp! Ewan MacColl - Scottish or Not?
MacColl came from Scots parents and grew up in Salford surrounded by Scots friends and neigbours.
His accent's never bothered me - on the contrary - he introduced me to 137 Child ballads, cornkisters, Burns songs... and many, many more beautiful Scots songs that, as a young Liverpudlian, would have totally passed me by.
He also taught me the beauties of the Scots dialect.
I remember seeing MacBeath at the Edinburgh Festival back in the mid 60s (Matt McGinn played the gatekeeper) - and coming away not having undersood a single word - MacColl's accents led me to appreciating that at a later date.
Here's to his memory as far as I'm concerned.