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Thread #157042 Message #3703894
Posted By: ChrisJBrady
24-Apr-15 - 05:19 PM
Thread Name: Peter Bellamy Kipling documentary
Subject: RE: Peter Bellamy Kipling documentary
Chiff and Fipple
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Poststructural Pub
Topic: Peter Bellamy with a Clark [tin whistle]
Martin Carthy's obit/tribute for PB, via the beeb:
My source says this was Jan 29, 1982, but I think it must be 92. He died on 24 September 1991.
A hour long interview with PB on australian radio, 1980 or 81
Four-part radio documentary/interview featuring PB talking about Kipling and his Kipling project*. Also Australian.
I haven't heard any of these yet, but I'm eager to.
*Peter Bellamy recorded three LPs of Rudyard Kipling poems set to music; either english folk standards (Kipling's house in england was in the village of Rottingdean, where generations of the Copper family have been singing their unique book of songs since at least the later 19th century.) His first collection consisted of songs from Puck of Pook's Hill, and he went on to also record poems from Barrack Room Ballads.
It was Bellamy's quite plausible theory that certain of Kipling's metrical verse rollicked so successfully that it might well have been composed (as other poets are known to have done) by being set to some well-known tune.
As a warning, however, be aware that his singing style was brilliant but not unchallenging. Some people get scared right off. Ballamy was trying to reproduce the excitement and energy of the Rolling Stones (seriously!) while singing english traditional song either unaccompanied or with his black, proto-punk concertina. His work is nothing at all like folk-rock, however.
Sadly Rapidshare closed down a few months ago.