The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #55154   Message #857302
Posted By: RoyH (Burl)
02-Jan-03 - 12:40 PM
Thread Name: Norma Waterson
Subject: RE: Norma Waterson
There is one man who's name stands out to me as deserving of an MBE for 'services to folk music'. He has the longest professional career of any folksinger in Britain. He has steadfastly maintained an English song repertoire throughout his career. He has written songs that have become established as classics wherever the English language is sung. He has brought many neglected songs to life via his collecting and research. He has published the definitive book on the songs of the Royal Navy. He pioneered singing at the Sidmouth Festival,very much a dancers event in the early days. He was the driving force behind the birth and growth of the folk club scene in the English West country. He was the first folk DJ on BBC radio. He has been and still is a source of inspiration and encouragement for scores of present day singers. I suggest that this man's life has been one long gift of 'services to folk music', and he is still going strongly at over 70 years of age. He deserves the MBE, no one more so. . His name is Cyril Tawney.