The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #142469   Message #3851023
Posted By: Jim Carroll
18-Apr-17 - 11:12 AM
Thread Name: Why didn't MacColl like Dylan?
Subject: RE: Why didn't MacColl like Dylan?
"Arguable, MacColl was a bigger influence on Luke Kelly, Luke Kelly and the Dubliners"
Far from it
Ewan warned Luke about stripping out his voice back in the early sixties and nobody could possibly suggest that Luke took anything from Ewan's singing.
Interestingly, they remained friends to the end, falling out only when Ewan objected to Luke's attempts to copyright traditional songs he had learned in the English revival (from MacColl, among others)
I was present at The Singers Club when the Dubliners turned up at the end of the evening
Ewan and Luke greeted each other like long-lost lovers
"you're a bit of a stamper yourself ,Jim.."
Not really Al - I picked up Ewan's love for traditional song as 'The Voice of the People', which give it a significance far beyond putting bums on seats to entertain
I write about it, and lecture on it so I feel it necessary to stress that significance.
Charles Parker coined the phrase 'The tyranny of the nice guy" and went to great lengths to describe the damage it has done to the music that is our voice - another thing that stuck with me.
Charlie was full of such sayings; I particularly like, "a well-sung love song is a fist in the face of the establishment"
Brrrrrr - still gives me a tingle
Jim Carroll