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A Folk Music Novel

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Subject: A Folk Music Novel
From: Elmore
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 09:25 AM

I just read and enjoyed "Revival" A Folk Music Novel, by Scott Alarik, and would be interested to know what other mudcatters thought about it. Elmore


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: Kit Griffiths
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 01:57 PM

Just downloaded the ebook from Waterstone's. Got to finish the new Robert Rankin first, but I'll read it next and get back to you. Many thanks for pointing me in its direction! (Have you read the Songkiller trilogy by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough? Now available again as an ebook, if you're interested.)


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 02:17 PM

Just ordered from Amazon.

Thanks for the heads-up.

Watch this space!

~Michael~


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: Elmore
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 02:26 PM

Attn: kit Griffiths -Thanks for the tip. I'll check it out, Elmore


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: katlaughing
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 04:30 PM

If I had ten thumbs, they would ALL be UP for Scarborough's trilogy! Thanks for the tip re' the new novel.


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 10:41 PM

I haven't read Scott Alarik's book yet, but he read some excerpts from it on WGBH, Boston, a few weeks ago, and it sounded good. He will be doing a book talk on October 15 at 7 PM at Stone Soup in RI prior to Christine Lavin's 8 PM concert there. Here's a link to the coffeehouse website. http://www.stonesoupcoffeehouse.com/
As I always tell people, Stone Soup is is just off Rt. 95, north of Providence and just south of the Massachusetts state line.


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 19 Sep 11 - 11:27 AM

Colin Andrews, Editor of Devon Folk's 'Whats Afoot' has had a folky novel published.


No mobile phones, no internet, no mixed sex accommodation and definitely no alcohol on Sundays ... A Matter of Degree is set in the early 1970s and follows the comical and dramatic exploits of Robert Kiddecott, a farmer's son from Devon, and Jacob Moses, his folksinging friend, through the three years to graduation at a fictional teacher training college in mid-Wales.

Rob's relationships with the fairer sex and Jake's penchant for involving Rob in well-meaning projects lead to bizarre yet utterly believable and amusing scenarios. Will unexpected turns of fate always thwart Rob's amorous inclinations? Why is Jake obsessed with an abandoned observatory? Whatever inspires Jake to get Rob and their fellow students involved in the folk traditions of Mumming and Morris Dancing? In what other directions does Jake's persuasive enthusiasm lead his his friends? And what key part does Jessica play in their lives?

A Matter of Degree is an entertaining snapshot of a time now passed, but it also touches on controversial issues such as racial prejudice, sexual temptation facing young teachers, religious fanaticism and political correctness in a thought-provoking yet sensitive way.


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: Tradsinger
Date: 19 Sep 11 - 06:21 PM

I am reading "A Matter of Degree" at present and am finding it very entertaining and well written. I must confess to some inside knowledge, as I have known Colin Andrews for 45 (sic) years, including 3 years together at Cardiff University. I was rather dreading finding myself in the novel but my fears are unfounded. There are 'bits' of me in the novel and I recognise most of the scenarios but it is skillfully written, to protect the innocent!

Tradsinger


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: GUEST,Susie
Date: 19 Sep 11 - 07:57 PM

These both sound rather jolly. As it is my birthday on Oct 2nd, I might treat myslef. Publishers, chaps? ISBNs?
And if anyone out there is going to SEE Scott Alarik, PLEASE tell him that Susie Stockton from Cheshire never forgot meeting him at Philly Fester in ? '82/'83? - "Many moons ago, when buffalo roamed the plains". I still chuckle at the thought!


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 20 Sep 11 - 03:52 AM

For the best Folk Novels around - check out Phil Rickman's Merrily Watkins series, currently in a new paperback imprint...


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: Charley Noble
Date: 20 Sep 11 - 07:51 AM

Elmore-

Thanks as well from me for pointing out Scott Alarik's book; I'll download it next and give it a try.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 07 May 12 - 11:46 AM

I must have missed this last fall... but I just saw that Scott Alarik will be doing a reading from "Revival: a Folk Music Novel" at the Brooklyn Folk Festival, May 18-20, 2012.

Here's his page for the book.

Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: Peter E. Randall Publisher (September 16, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1931807914
ISBN-13: 978-1931807913

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: Elmore
Date: 07 May 12 - 08:59 PM

The Brooklyn Folk Festival. Just read the lineup. Only recognized a couple of names. Must be out of it. Oh well. I've "discovered" opera.


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: Charley Noble
Date: 07 May 12 - 10:18 PM

I did find the book a good read, rich with detail, and interesting characters. Why I even remember them.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: CupOfTea
Date: 08 May 12 - 05:36 PM

I'm waiting for the publication of the book Garnet Rogers is writing about his adventures as part of the Stan Rogers band. At a concert last fall, he read part of a chapter about carousing at a folk festival with some legendary partying musicians (Silly Wizard & the Tannahill Weavers). Garnet has a wonderful storytelling streak and puts his tales together with as much care as his lyrics - that ought to be a treat of a book when it's done.

Joanne (who also loved the Elizabeth Scarborough trilogy)


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: Charley Noble
Date: 08 May 12 - 08:14 PM

Joanne-

That too could be a great read.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 08 May 12 - 10:52 PM

I always like Jack in the Green by Clo Chapman.


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: Elmore
Date: 09 May 12 - 02:37 PM

As long as we're mentioning other books I found "Edson" by the late Bill Morrissey a good read. It's available used, for next to nothing at Amazon, or Barnes and Noble. I understnd that Bill was working on a new novel when he passed away.


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: Paul Davenport
Date: 09 May 12 - 06:10 PM

Some of you could also try Jo Hiestand's 'MacLaren' series. Her folkie detective solves murders in deepest Derbyshire, England. (Jo herself hails from St Louis and the books are really only to be found in the States) Try 'Swan Song', Liz and I did the title song and Jo might even let you have the CD too)


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: GUEST,Paul Slade
Date: 09 May 12 - 06:15 PM

Do blues and country novels count? If so, I'd recommend Charles Shaar Murray's The Hellhound Sample in the first category and Steve Earle's I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive in the second. I read them both earlier this year, and enjoyed them both immensely.

More details here (CSM) and here (Earle).


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: GUEST,David E.
Date: 09 May 12 - 06:16 PM

I second the recommendation of Bill Morrissey's "Edson." And a little extra internet time spent asking around in the right circles might land you a copy of Bill's second novel, "Imaginary Runner", which was published posthumously, as well.


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 09 May 12 - 07:11 PM

"no alcohol on Sundays" That's not how I remember the 70s...


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: Nicholas Waller
Date: 09 May 12 - 07:35 PM

"no alcohol on Sundays" That's not how I remember the 70s...

Seems like the last bit of Wales (and the novel in question is set in Wales) to allow alcohol on Sundays did so in 1996, according to "130 years since Sunday drinking was banned in Wales" by Neil Prior, BBC News, Wales.

"the Sunday Closing (Wales) Act 1881 banned the sale of alcohol in Welsh pubs on the Sabbath. It would not be repealed until 1961, when each county was charged with holding a referendum on Sunday opening, to gauge support in their particular area.

"While urban districts such as Swansea, Cardiff and Merthyr ditched the ban at the earliest possible opportunity, many rural and Welsh-speaking counties held on to "dry" Sundays. Dwyfor - now part of Gwynedd - was the last district to drop the ban in 1996."


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 11 May 12 - 07:08 PM

They only drank in pubs?


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 19 Feb 13 - 02:16 AM

Just read "Revival: A Folk Music Novel", by Scott Alarik (see the OP!), and really enjoyed it. Alarik's love song to the Boston/Cambridge folk scene.

~ Becky in Long Beach


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 25 Feb 13 - 11:54 PM

Scott Alarik will do an author's talk on March 9 in Rhode Island before a Martyn Joseph concert. Information is at the bottom of this linked page.http://www.soup.org/page1/AboutThePerformer.html I will get around to making a thread about this event soon, but not tonight!


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: GUEST,Barnacle at Work
Date: 26 Feb 13 - 07:22 AM

I quite enjoyed Brian McNeill's - The Busker


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Feb 13 - 10:37 AM

Mike Regenstreif reviews "Revival" by Scott Alarik.


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: Elmore
Date: 26 Feb 13 - 05:44 PM

Thanks, Guest. Glad to see Scott getting the credit he deserves.


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 24 Mar 13 - 07:19 PM

Of course the problem with reading "Edson" and having known Bill when he was living in Newmarket, NH ("small town on a river") is trying to figure out what all the places really are -- The Stone Church, Marelli's Fruit & Real Estate, the Polish Club, etc.

I had trouble getting into "Revival" but can't say why. About 90 pages in Scott really got my attention. I think he had some very useful things to say about performing, especially for a singer-songwriter. And what he had to say about the contemporary Cambridge folk scene and the "business" of folk, in the guise of a novel (even a love story). The book isn't compelling reading, but, all in all, I enjoyed it and enjoyed his insights.

What I'd really like is a novel about the '60s (rather than contemporary) folk scene in Boston (rather than Cambridge -- the two crowds didn't mix much) but I guess I'll have to continue to coax Tom into writing "The Charles Street Chronicles".

By the way, some books work as read aloud books and others don't. This one doesn't, so Tom hasn't "read" it. (Maybe if I get VoiceOver set up...) I DO intend to read him some exerpts.

Linn


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 24 Mar 13 - 07:23 PM

The review by Mike Regenstreif is spot on.

Linn


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: Elmore
Date: 24 Mar 13 - 08:14 PM

Wish I could find Bill Morrissey's second novel somehow, somewhere.


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 25 Mar 13 - 08:17 AM

Sorry, Elmore. I don't have a copy of it.

Did you know that Bill Morrissey's first recording, a 45 of "Live Free Or Die" (NOT the re-recording that appeared on a CD years later) was recorded by Chris Biggi in Curmudgeon's (Tom Hall's) living room in Epping, NH? Also on the recording was Bill Madison of Them Fargo Brothers who was staying with Tom and his first wife at the time.

Linn


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: Elmore
Date: 25 Mar 13 - 02:13 PM

I really enjoyed Bill in his early years as a performer. A great talent.


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 25 Mar 13 - 03:46 PM

Especially those Sunday hoots (often with Tom as hootmeister) at The Stone Church in Newmarket with Cormac McCarthy, Ed Gehrhard, Doug Clegg, Sammy Haynes, Susie Burke...the list goes on.

What a time we had!

Elmore, do you live around here now? Then?

Linn


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 25 Mar 13 - 05:35 PM

Have more time for reading these days and glad to see the suggestions here. Though these books have been mentioned elsewhere on Mudcat, they might be appropriate here as well; Sharyn McCrumb's novels about Frankie Silver and Tom Dooley. Her other books in the "ballad novel" series take names from folk songs or other songs from antiquity but though interesting, to me at least, because of the setting as well as gift of tale telling, are not necessarily about folk music.


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: GUEST,THE PHANTOM BANJO by Elizabeth Ann Scarboro
Date: 25 Mar 13 - 07:23 PM

THE PHANTOM BANJO by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: Jeri
Date: 25 Mar 13 - 07:51 PM

The Phantom Banjo is one of a trilogy, called "The Songkiller Saga".

1) The Phantom Banjo
2) Picking the Ballad's Bones
3) Strum Again?

I've read 'em, and I'm pretty sure I have all of 'em, but I'm only positive I have the second.


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: Elmore
Date: 25 Mar 13 - 08:46 PM

Attn: Bat Goddess Lived most of my life on Boston's North Shore. More recently near Manchester, NH. Now, the middle of Nowhere, Ga. Saw Bill Morrissey many times in Cambridge and Marblehead. Regards, Elmore.


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: GUEST,Mike Yates
Date: 26 Mar 13 - 06:16 AM

Two blues novels that I liked are "Leavin' Trunk Blues" and "Crossroad Blues", both by Ace Atkins. Many years ago I read an English murder novel that was set in a village with a mummer's team. The murder victim was the same person who was ritually "killed" in the mummer's play (if my memory serves me right!)To be honest, it wasn't the best novel that I have ever read. I think that it was written by a female writer, though I cannot recall the name.


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 26 Mar 13 - 06:58 AM

Slightly off tack:
Has anybody come across the novel 'Lambkin' - saw a reference to it in a book catalogue, but it was going for an astronomical price?
A novel entitled 'Sovay The Female Highwayman' appeared in our local bookshop - was in too much of a hurry to stop.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: GUEST,Brewgyrl
Date: 26 Mar 13 - 08:28 AM

In response to Mike Yates - the book is "Off With His Head" by Ngaio Marsh who wrote the Inspector Alleyn books. I read it in my teens (***** years ago)and thought it rather exciting. I had a sheltered upbringing!!


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Subject: RE: A Folk Music Novel
From: GUEST,Mike Yates
Date: 26 Mar 13 - 10:18 AM

Thanks Brewgyrl. Yes, that is the one.


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