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GUEST,Anthony Harland 08 Jun 10 - 05:07 AM
GUEST, Sminky 08 Jun 10 - 05:17 AM
GUEST,Hootenanny 08 Jun 10 - 05:32 AM
GUEST,Anthony Harland 08 Jun 10 - 06:13 AM
MikeofNorthumbria 08 Jun 10 - 06:38 AM
GUEST,JonR 08 Jun 10 - 07:09 AM
GUEST,JonR 08 Jun 10 - 07:31 AM
GUEST,Anthony Harland 08 Jun 10 - 07:52 AM
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Subject: Davy Graham - Hullabaloo
From: GUEST,Anthony Harland
Date: 08 Jun 10 - 05:07 AM

First, I've only just found this site and if I am repeating what is already widely known then I apologise, but after visiting many Davy Graham web sites, and looking at the titles of previously posted threads here on the subject, I think what I have to say is new.

As any fan of Davy Graham will tell you there is very little film evidence of Davy's playing in the 1960s, just a couple of clips and one of those is from 1959. Secondly, all his biographies (those that I've read) seem to say that he started work with traditional folk singers when he recorded 'Folk Roots, New Routes' with Shirley Collins. However, a year before that LP , in 1963, he was playing behind the American folk singer Carolyn Hester, and their playing together was recorded for a British TV programme called 'Hullabaloo' (not to be confused with the American pop show of the same name that ran in the mid 60s). Although sadly Davy has his back to the camera for most of the scemes in which he is featured.

This show also features Long John Baldry backed by the Cyril Davis All Stars, Rory McEwan (MC), Tommy Makem, The Clancy Bros, AND a very young Martin Carthy. I recommend it most highly to anyone interested in the British folk scene of the early 60s.

If you would like to see this programme then pay a visit to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, sign up as a member (it's free) and search their archives. You'll need to choose search TV, type in the search word 'Hullabaloo' without quotes, and select the option Digital Image Available. You should get three programmes come up, two are from the American pop series and the other is the folk show, incorrectly labelled as being Australian. (They were fooled by the Midlands TV logo - ABC)

The Link:
http://archives.museum.tv/login?from=archives

Note if you are interested in 60's music generally this site has some great treasures, but finding them is half the fun. Will give you one more tip, if you like Richard & Mimi Farina, then try typing in 'Pete Seeger' to the search engine.

Anthony Harland


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Subject: RE: Davy Graham
From: GUEST, Sminky
Date: 08 Jun 10 - 05:17 AM

Many thanks for that, Anthony.

There was a recent thread in which several people expressed an interest in tracking down some of those old TV Folk programmes.

My understanding (per Colin Harper, the author) is that all 13 episodes of 'Hullabaloo' have survived.


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Subject: RE: Davy Graham
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 08 Jun 10 - 05:32 AM

OK, accuse me of nitpicking but John Baldry was not "backed by the Cyril Davies All Stars" he was a part of that group. Cyril himself also did much of the vocal work . Although John had been around the folk and jazz scene for a while he didn't come to the notice of a wider audience until he made his pop hit "Let the Heartaches Begin".
Incidentally for those inetrested there is a site dedicated to the late Cyril Davies with much information.

Hoot


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Subject: RE: Davy Graham
From: GUEST,Anthony Harland
Date: 08 Jun 10 - 06:13 AM

Hoot

He may well have been a member of Cyril Davies's All Stars, he quite possibly was still a member when this show was produced, but he is introduced by the the MC as "Long John Baldry backed by the Velvettes" (a three piece vocal girl group), poor Cyril and his band aren't mentioned although there they are playing in the background. However, they are mentioned later, certainly in the credits.

'Tis an unjust world we live where 'good looking singers' who appeal to young girls (let's not say any more about that) get more star billing than great Chicago blues style harmonica players.


Anthony


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Subject: RE: Davy Graham
From: MikeofNorthumbria
Date: 08 Jun 10 - 06:38 AM

What a treat! It made me feel half a century younger for 24 minutes.

But then, after the euphoria had subsided, I couldn't help thinking about how far we've come since then. All that stuff seems a long way away from the 'folk nouveau' of Kate Rusby, Seth Lakeman, Bellowhead & co. And the 21st century Martin is certainly very different from the smooth-voiced ex-chorister we see performing there.

Some might regard that version of 'folk' as nothing more an embarrassing anachronism that's better left in the archives. But even they should consider the possibiliy that without the efforts of those sixties pioneers today's folk universe and all its bright twinkly stars might never have happened.

Wassail!


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Subject: RE: Davy Graham
From: GUEST,JonR
Date: 08 Jun 10 - 07:09 AM

I'm about to check that link, but meanwhile I guess this is from the same programme...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QynodK3u0O8


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Subject: RE: Davy Graham
From: GUEST,JonR
Date: 08 Jun 10 - 07:31 AM

Isn't is funny how Martin Carthy has looked the same age for nearly 50 years....


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Subject: RE: Davy Graham
From: GUEST,Anthony Harland
Date: 08 Jun 10 - 07:52 AM

With regard to last 3 postings:

JonR - Thanks for You Tube link that's a great clip but it isn't from the progamme I mentioned.

Mike Of Northumbria "All that stuff seems a long way away from the 'folk nouveau' " Yes it probably is but we still sing some of these songs in my local club (Pontardawe). And personally I hope they never die out.

Jon R again - You're right, I have it on good authority he made a pact with the Devil when he went down to the Crossroads where the A247 to Woking crosses the A246 to Guildford.


Anthony


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Subject: RE: Davy Graham
From: Will Fly
Date: 08 Jun 10 - 09:16 AM

Ah... those crossroads! Thanks for the link, Anthony. Marvellous stuff - took me right back - and just great to see Long John and Cyril D on peak form. I don't think DG added much to Carolyn Hester, to be honest, but it was good to catch a glimpse of the master...


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Subject: RE: Davy Graham
From: Maryrrf
Date: 08 Jun 10 - 10:53 PM

THAT brought back memories. GoGo boots! Brylcream...a little dab'll do ya..


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