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Thread #35618   Message #3873008
Posted By: FreddyHeadey
21-Aug-17 - 05:50 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: While the Gamekeepers Lie Sleeping
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: While the Gamekeepers Lie Sleeping

On th thread "Do purists really exist?" ...

From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray - PM
Date: 17 Jul 11 - 06:49 AM

macrame is making things out of string.

"For sure, on one level, it is making things out of string, or rather (and more properly) jute. On another, however, Macrame has come to typify a certain 70's Folksy-Crafty Zeitgeist not altogether unassociated with the rhythmic contrivances of Steeleye Span and June Tabor (et al). I hardly think it's in any way disrectful or unreasonable to call this Macrame Beat. Tabor's While Gamekeepers Lie Sleeping is a Macrame Beat classic, as is Steeleye Span's All Around My Hat, both of which force hitherto natural Traditional Songs into all sorts of unnatural contortions in a way that only becomes evident on seeking The Source of such material to see the extent of such perversions.

Another example is Carthy's Rufford Park, the Macrame Beat of which is so insistent I had to stop singing it because every time I did it came out all jerky."