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Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music

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Subject: Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 03 Apr 10 - 10:46 AM

When I first came to the UK, my partner introduced me to Graham and Eileen's music on a couple of LPs he had bought at their concerts at Chelmsford Folk club in the 1970's.

I quickly learned almost everything off those 2 LPs. Later I started searching and singing Americana. Recently turned on again to G & E Pratt so, ordered 2 CDs Early Birds and Borders of the Ocean from here

http://www.grahamandeileenpratt.co.uk/

I also sent a thank you email for the enjoyment I derive from their music and asked if they would consider putting up some music on youtube. Had a lovely email reply from Graham the other day and CDs arrived today plus a gratis CD The Greek King's Daughter and thank you note.

I love this CD. The harmony is dazzling. I have heard and learned most of the Early Birds CD, but love it none the less for its familiarity. Have not listened to the Borders... CD as I am saving it for my birthday.

Anyone else have reviews of their music? Would love to hear about remembered concerts.


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Subject: RE: Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 03:55 AM

Saw them a few times when we lived in Bath in the 70s - excellent

L in C


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Subject: RE: Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music
From: SunrayFC
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 04:36 AM

Thanx to Madcats.

Their "Lad of lovely hair" is a wonderful song.


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Subject: RE: Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 05:39 AM

I think they sang with another couple under the name Regal Slip - Pils Lager - backwards

L in C


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Subject: RE: Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music
From: GUEST,Dave (Bridge)
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 05:51 AM

Had them at the Bridge a few years ago. A nicer couple you could not hope to meet. Friendly, warm and great performers. Must get them back again, soon.


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Subject: RE: Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 05:59 AM

Yes they did Les. The 4 part harmony group Regal Slip also included Sue Burgess and Ron Taylor. I did not clock that name reversal though. That is great.

My absolute favourite song written by Graham and performed by Eileen is The Minstrel.

Close second and third are Pat a Pan (the timing and harmony so much fun) and Merlin's Song (love dark unresolved ending notes on musical phrases).

They are just marvellous to hear.


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Subject: RE: Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 07:44 AM

True, true all excellent songs. And that one about the bloke convibced that food made him ill - he stopped eating and just as he was about to be proved correct - he died - Oh and wrapped up in a sack

L in C


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Subject: RE: Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music
From: Celtaddict
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 11:21 AM

I have never seen them, but years ago a friend gave me a composite tape that included 'The Minstrel' and it is a spectacularly good song. I am delighted to know CDs can be purchased; I searched long ago and could not find them at the time and was afraid the duo was no more. Thanks for passing the word!


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Subject: RE: Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music
From: SunrayFC
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 11:22 AM

What I would give to have them at the Sunray!


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Subject: RE: Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 01:39 PM

Why not ask them, Bob?

I've corresponded with Graham about his version of 'The Death of Nelson', an early nineteenth century broadside that he added an excellent tune to. Unless someone knows better, he and I are the only people to have recorded it, and his was on a tape many years ago that's no longer available.


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Subject: RE: Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 02:22 PM

I get requests for The Bundling Song (tied up in a sack) at my local folk session.   Great sing along chorus.

You can contact Graham via the link to their website in the original post. I did. Very nice reply received the next day. But he did mention to me that they don't go out as a duo very often these days.


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Subject: RE: Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 28 Apr 10 - 04:00 AM

Near the end of the Early birds CD is their version of Silver Whistle a reworking of the Flora MacNeill Gaelic waulking song.

Gorgeous. I have already memorised it and plan to sing this weekend at Rochester Sweeps.

Lyrics here

http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=20712&messages=15#2889020


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Subject: RE: Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music
From: GUEST,LTS pretending to work
Date: 28 Apr 10 - 07:12 AM

I remember their LP 'Heiroglyphs' which was fab - had 'Silver Whistle' on it, which I would love to get hold of again, my tape of it has sadly vanished into the ether... I practically played it to death anyway, so I suspect it would be unplayable anyway. Wasn't there something called 'Kerry is no more'? I learned it to sing for a friend's memorial and haven't been able to sing it since, but it is beautiful.

Or am I having a moment and am remembering someone completely different?!

LTS


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Subject: RE: Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 28 Apr 10 - 07:22 AM

You remembered correctly.

"Heiroglyphs" tracks are:-
We live we love
Faces of love
Little man (you've had a busy day)
Shed me no tears
Going back home
Sad song
Family tree
Silver whistle
Wizard of Talay
In the end
Kerry is no more


I must get the LP out and refresh my memories.


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Subject: RE: Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music
From: GUEST,LTS pretending to work
Date: 28 Apr 10 - 07:38 AM

Phew! Glad the old brian cells are still firing!

Had forgotten 'We live, we love'... loved that one! If only some nice, kind, folk-loving record company would reissue them on CD or Downloadable media....

LTS


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Subject: RE: Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 28 Apr 10 - 07:53 AM

Woohoot!

Just got email this minute from Graham. They have created a youtube account and already have 3 recordings up.

http://www.youtube.com/user/MrGrahamPratt

And how very strange that Silver Whistle is one of those recordings he posted. And today is the day my daughter Andie passed away and she is the one who introduced me to Silly Sisters Silver Whistle.

Some Weird Cosmic Shit going on.


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Subject: RE: Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music
From: Irene M
Date: 28 Apr 10 - 12:42 PM

I got that email too.
Lovely couple, lovely sound and CHECK OUT the pics on Youtube.


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Subject: RE: Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 28 Apr 10 - 02:01 PM

Was the bloke who starved himself to death Lumley Kettlewell?

DeG


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Subject: RE: Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 29 Apr 10 - 07:14 AM

Yes, from Bolton Percy.


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Subject: RE: Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music
From: mikesamwild
Date: 29 Apr 10 - 07:27 AM

Great duo and all round good eggs!. I sing The Black Fox written by Graham from a Yorkshire fragment and it is taken as trad.. he is currently leading the excellent Sheffield Folk Chorale.


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Subject: RE: Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 04 May 10 - 05:50 PM

I haven't done Black Fox in more than a year. I should brush that up again.

I did Silver Whistle twice at different sessions over the past weekend and received some of questions about it. lovely, unusual, never heard that, etc.. So I did a plug for Graham and Eileen. Hopefully they will get some more requests for CDs.


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Subject: (Graham and Eileen Pratt)
From: GUEST,Dogsbody, Scrivener and Wretch
Date: 16 Oct 12 - 03:21 AM

Graham and Eileen are more than fine performers.
They are two of the most generous people with their songs and music that I have ever come across.


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Subject: RE: Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 16 Oct 12 - 06:33 AM

I've only ever heard them live once back in the early 80's, a fantastic night. I bought the LP "To Friend and Foe" which I transferred to CD last year, I've not stopped playing it since and have added some of the tracks to my reportoire, great songs, great singing.


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Subject: RE: Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music
From: GUEST,Black Belt Caterpillar Wrestler
Date: 16 Oct 12 - 07:37 AM

I still occasionaly sing "The magic pear tree" which I recognised when first heard as another version of a story that I had read in a slightly altered form as a science fiction short story, where the protagonist slave claims to see his master climb on his horse and gallop away over the horizon.
Another one that I do from time to time is "The High Mettled Racer".


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Subject: RE: Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music
From: GUEST,Guest - Linda
Date: 16 Oct 12 - 02:29 PM

I am in California and sadly not too many people here know of
Graham & Eileen Pratt. Somehow their music escaped the folk music scene here (even though other UK folk artists did get noticed).
I love, love, love their music and two of my favourite songs are,
"Silver Whistle" and "Lad of Lovely Hair."
I guess it comes down to touring, radio exposure on folk music programs, etc. and distribution of their albums - which I don't believe they have in U.S.A.
They are extremely talented and I only wish I could be there to see them in a concert venue. I have a few of their vinyl LPs and then later, some CD's. Is there a list somewhere of all their albums ever made, tapes, etc. (even if not available or out of print)?
I think their web site I saw at one time only listed the available CD's but I would be curious to see everything they ever recorded (even if out of print now).   Thank you.


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Subject: RE: Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 17 Oct 12 - 10:43 AM

I contacted Graham a couple of years ago to ask permission to record me singing The Minstrel for the Mudcat CD set produced last year.

He is very approachable. I contacted him through the link on this website.

http://www.grahamandeileenpratt.co.uk/index.html

Best of luck in your search.


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Subject: RE: Review: Graham & Eileen Pratt's music
From: GUEST,AEOLA
Date: 18 Oct 12 - 09:20 AM

A lovely couple and great singers. I had the privelege of being guided through an afternoon workshop of singing by Graham and we performed that evening. Wonderful.


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