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Folk Awards on TV now

Cusco 08 Feb 11 - 02:22 PM
G-Force 09 Feb 11 - 09:08 AM
Bonzo3legs 09 Feb 11 - 10:31 AM
My guru always said 09 Feb 11 - 02:48 PM
Hamish 09 Feb 11 - 04:50 PM
GUEST,henryp 10 Feb 11 - 11:26 AM
GUEST,Alex 10 Feb 11 - 11:40 AM
GUEST,henryp 10 Feb 11 - 03:06 PM
GUEST,henryp 10 Feb 11 - 03:26 PM
MikeL2 10 Feb 11 - 03:33 PM
Noreen 10 Feb 11 - 05:36 PM
GUEST 10 Feb 11 - 07:18 PM
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Subject: Folk Awards on TV now
From: Cusco
Date: 08 Feb 11 - 02:22 PM

I'm watching highlights of last nights Folk Awards on the red button on BBC1 at this very moment . Absolutely brilliant performance by Chris Woods of his song about THe shhoting (murder of the Brazilian on the Tube.

Unintelligible sing from Kate Rusby, very shaky performance by Donovan, Sheer beauty by Barbara Dickson and a host of others. Levellers at the moment.


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Subject: RE: Folk Awards on TV now
From: G-Force
Date: 09 Feb 11 - 09:08 AM

Murder? No, quite obviously not murder, just a godalmighty cock-up by overstretched police force thoroughly spooked by events of previous day (4 terrorist bombs which didn't go off), not to mention those of two weeks earlier (50-odd terrorist murders).

If you want to blame somebody, blame the terrorists, and their masters (they know who they are).

Good song though, and excellently performed by Mr. Wood.


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Subject: RE: Folk Awards on TV now
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 09 Feb 11 - 10:31 AM

We were watching The Nativity from The Mysteries once again - infinitely more entertaining, for a start there's Home Service providing the music!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Folk Awards on TV now
From: My guru always said
Date: 09 Feb 11 - 02:48 PM

Oh, I wish I knew more about this Red button???


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Subject: RE: Folk Awards on TV now
From: Hamish
Date: 09 Feb 11 - 04:50 PM

What the blue blazes have The Levellers got to do with folk???

But the highlights are much, much better than the show was which was largely embarrassing. So much so that I gave up during Frank Skinner's purile drivel.

Yep - rivetting perfromance by Chris Wood.

(Hils: on a digital telly, press your red button from any BBC channel. Or just go to channel 301)


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Subject: RE: Folk Awards on TV now
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 10 Feb 11 - 11:26 AM

The police hardly distinguished themselves at Stockwell - they shot an innocent man! And their behaviour afterwards was inexcusable.

The stakeout called; He's left his home
Under his coat he carries a bomb
To blow us all to Kingdome Come
Down at Stockwell Station

They couldn't verify the claim
They didn't even know his name
They hunted him down just the same
Down at Stockwell Station

Are you armed? With a gun
Can you shoot? Anyone
Like Jean Char-les whose life was undone
Down at Stockwell Station

Cressida Dick was in command
She held his future in her hand
He must be stopped! was her demand
Down at Stockwell Station

Nobody heard a warning shout
As two armed men began the rout
And loudly gunshots they rang out
Down at Stockwell Station

Who could have guessed what lie in store?
He hadn't broken any law
And yet he lay dead on the floor
Down at Stockwell Station

Sir Ian Blair hides behind his lies
We must make London safe; he sighs
Meanwhile a mother softly cries
Down at Stockwell Station

To the tune of The Keeper


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Subject: RE: Folk Awards on TV now
From: GUEST,Alex
Date: 10 Feb 11 - 11:40 AM

Lest anybody is confused, the lyric listed above is not Chris Wood's song Hollow Point on the same subject. I think the polemic of the lyric quoted above underlines the strength of Wood's far more subtle, measured song, which doesn't point the finger in the same way and carries much more emotional weight as a result. Wood carefully read all the evidence in the official enquiry before writing his song and it shows - the details he includes are accurate. Sir Ian Blair didn't hide behind lies, he was lied to by his own staff about what had happened.


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Subject: RE: Folk Awards on TV now
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 10 Feb 11 - 03:06 PM

I stand corrected.

Sir Ian Blair hides behind the lies of his staff about what had happened. How long did it take him to realise that his statement was a pack of lies and to retract it?

Incidentally, in Chris Wood's song, the video wasn't buggered, the operator said that he was having a pee.


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Subject: RE: Folk Awards on TV now
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 10 Feb 11 - 03:26 PM

On the other hand, according to The Independent;

Yasmin Khan, a social justice and race relations lawyer who runs the Justice4Jean campaign on behalf of Mr de Menezes' family, said: "Ian Blair has always had quite an evasive relationship with the truth and these extracts [from his autobiography] emphasise that. He seems to be trying to rewrite history because a lot of what he says flies in the face of what the jury at the inquest said."

Unfortunately, 'Sir Ian Blair hides behind quite an evasive relationship with the truth' doesn't scan very well, so I think I'll leave it as it was.


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Subject: RE: Folk Awards on TV now
From: MikeL2
Date: 10 Feb 11 - 03:33 PM

hi

I only watched the "highlights" on the red button.

In general I thought that "lowlights" would have been a more appropriate word.

IMHO only Chris Wood and ( completely at the other end of the spectrum ) Barbara Dickson did themselves and "folk" music any justice.

I was hugely disappointed by Kate Ruseby - I couldn't always make out the lyric - and she sang off key at times.

Donovan was patronisingly poor.

I am not a lover of Bellowhead but like Bonzo I do see that they have some good musicians in their midst.

The Levellers.....the less said the better.

Cheers

Mikel2


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Subject: RE: Folk Awards on TV now
From: Noreen
Date: 10 Feb 11 - 05:36 PM

I was very surprised at Kate Rusby's singing, her voice sounded shaky as if she had an attack of nerves- not like her normal smooth, relaxed style. Even the famous have their off days!
Enjoyed the programme though, despite the (at times) very odd choice of presenters.


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Subject: RE: Folk Awards on TV now
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Feb 11 - 07:18 PM

III IIIId    I wouldn't have thought it possible--it's great that folk         is being considered again. I'll have to add this to my
             lense Americnan Folk Music, Past, Present and Future.


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