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Thread #157386   Message #3715188
Posted By: GUEST,Dave
08-Jun-15 - 08:42 AM
Thread Name: Still wondering what's folk these days?
Subject: RE: Still wondering what's folk these days?
I think some people have a bit of a hair-shirt approach to folk music, maybe all genres of music have aficionados with this approach. So, not having heard of Joseph Taylor, and wondering why his music was being ignored, with the magic of Youtube you can listen to a small number of these. Two I found were Rufford Park Poachers and Sprig of Thyme. A good singer, with a good voice, but not, I think, out of the ordinary. The recording is a scratchy wax cylinder recording and the sound quality is of course dreadful, but its 105 years ago, so what do you expect.

A recording of great historical importance, yes. But for an evening's relaxation I will listen to Nic Jones singing Rufford Park Poachers, or Anne Briggs singing Let No Man Steal Your Thyme, with modern sound recording techniques (remastering a live performance in the case of Nic Jones). Did these people listen to Joseph Taylor's recordings? Who knows? In any case, Joseph Taylor's music is not being ignored, it is being recorded by people with great talent, in the case of those two possibly greater than his, and with vastly superior recording technology.