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Thread #45493   Message #673327
Posted By: Ron Olesko
21-Mar-02 - 10:42 AM
Thread Name: Marais and Miranda Documentary
Subject: RE: Marais and Miranda Documentary

That was one of the reasons we chose to do this biography - their story isn't widely known.

As Don pointed out, they would not be considered "folkies" in the way we look at folk performers today. In their time, the 1940's, folk music was mainly sung in homes, picket lines, and rural and ethnic gatherings. Marais and Miranda were part of cadre of performers that took the music into nighclubs and concert halls. Richard Dyer Bennet, John Jacob Niles, Josh White Jr., and even Lead Belly created a style of performing that attempted to reach a popular audience that wasn't looking for "authentic" settings.

Marais and Miranda were classically trained artists and used that setting to present their "folk" songs. I think our documentary will illustrate a style that is no longer in vogue, but still a style that I think audiences will find interesting to sample. An analogy would be vaudeville comics - the style has been replaced by standup comics and other styles of comedy, but the genre played an important link in history. I feel the same with the artists mentioned above.

I've been working with Bill for the past year and I find the Marais and Miranda story quite fascinating and a wonderful reminder of our roots.

I hope many of you will be able to tune in!