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Thread #66703 Message #3263353
Posted By: Jim Carroll
25-Nov-11 - 12:02 PM
Thread Name: Gulp! Ewan MacColl - Scottish or Not?
Subject: RE: Gulp! Ewan MacColl - Scottish or Not?
"but I imagine Mr Miller would have been most gratified to hear it so described !!"
Not really - he based it mainly on actuality recorded from two East Anglian fishermen, Sam Larner and Ronnie Balls (using actuality was one of the vital ingredients of many of MacColl's successful songs) A number of the Travellers we recorded claimed 'Freeborn Man' as an old Travellers song - it was neither 'Traveller' nor 'old'.
There was an eejit who claimed that MacColl "stole" 'Shoals' from traditional singers - MacColl (he changed his name you know - just like Robert Zimmermann) was always rather proud of that accusation.