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Subject: Autobiographical article on folk revival
From: lisa null
Date: 04 Jun 14 - 04:15 PM

I have an autobiographical article on the American folk revival in the most recent issue of "Living Tradition", a beautifully-produced British magazine for tho interested in the traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, England and with less emphasis, North America.


http://www.livingtradition.co.uk/articles/lisanull


Although founded by Pete and Heather Heywood (a terrific singer of Scots material), it is now edited by Fiona Heywood. The article grew out of a long series of email exchanges I had with Pete, who later asked me to tie my observations on the folk revival in with my autobiographical experiences.

Living Tradition generally limits the reading of articles to subscribers, they have generously posted mine on their website as a means of expanding interest in the magazine among Americans. I tried my best, towards the end of the article, to point out a few of the differing characteristics between British and American revival performers, as I observed them during my heavy touring days in the late seventies/early eighties. I also tried to show how some revivalists use traditional or traditionally-rooted folksong today. These observations were in response to questions I was asked, and they draw from my own experience rather than any sort of disciplined research.

Any feedback would be welcome. I don't mind a debate as long as i'm allowed to change my mind midstream!

http://www.livingtradition.co.uk/articles/lisanull


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Subject: RE: Autobiographical article on folk revival
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 04 Jun 14 - 06:03 PM

http://www.livingtradition.co.uk/articles/lisanull


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Subject: RE: Autobiographical article on folk revival
From: Janie
Date: 04 Jun 14 - 10:47 PM

Thanks for making the blue clicky, Ross. Lisa, a very good article, and I loved learning so much more about your own experiences with the music interwoven with your own life. What really strikes me, as I read through it, and I will read through several times again, I'm sure - is the tension - the dialectic - I personally experience regarding folk music as performance/history/preservation/(you get my drift) vs the role or function of music in the lives of people that is not about being musician, a performer, a folklorist, an historian, etc. Has made my brain hurt for many years, trying to sort out my own thoughts and emotions about such things.

I didn't get to hear this entire broadcast, but what I did hear touches on my own thoughts, internal conflicts, and awareness of the dialectics involved. Don Pedi interview on the State of Things

What you have written is an important contribution. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Lisa Null:Autobiographical article on folk revival
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 04 Jun 14 - 11:43 PM

Good article, Lisa.


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Subject: RE: Lisa Null:Autobiographical article on folk revival
From: lisa null
Date: 05 Jun 14 - 12:24 AM

Thanks Janie and Phil. The role of music didn't change a whole lot when I stopped touring vigorously as a singer. I just turned local-- getting ready to share a song or two at one of our local sings, prearing workshops for the Getaway, playing piano with a shortlived trio, singing with thee friends for East-West highway. The article didn't talk musch about the tours I booked for green Linnet artists or the festivals I ran at Wesleyan UNiversity and the university of maine. That organizational support of the larger folk community also went local-- programming the Washington Folk Festival or the FSGW concert series, running a traditional song room for years at the Minifest. Maybe I once had aspirations and saw myself in an international context but now it is local. The joy of it all is that at last, I can make a living however small and meagre, in music-- I teach voice, mostly to people interested in traditional song of one sort or another, I feel very happy to be able to pass somethig on. Sorry if my writing is hard to read here-- I am post cataract surgery and pre- eye glasses. I am typing by touch and feel.


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Subject: RE: Lisa Null:Autobiographical article on folk revival
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 05 Jun 14 - 02:43 AM

thanks for the information on the American scene, Lisa, it was all new to me

sandra

your semi-blind typing is much better than my full sighted efforts!


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Subject: RE: Lisa Null:Autobiographical article on folk revival
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 05 Jun 14 - 07:57 AM

I recall meeting you in Chicago at a Come For To Sing benefit in the early '80's, and later at some gatherings in MD at the Cook's house.


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Subject: RE: Lisa Null:Autobiographical article on folk revival
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 06 Jun 14 - 05:11 AM

Hi, Lisa. I have happy long-since memories of a visit you & Bill, alerted to my being there by Peter Bellamy, paid to my home in Cambridge when you were here during the 1970s. I wonder if you recall the occasion. The wife you met then died 7 years ago, & I am married again, and living elsewhere in a village near Cambridge, - & 82, would you believe?! Read your account with much interest for such old-times' sake; and now send you all my best of regards.

~Michael Grosvenor Myer~


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Subject: RE: Lisa Null:Autobiographical article on folk revival
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 06 Jun 14 - 05:43 AM

BTW -- have you read the Wikipedia entry on Pete? I have added some bits of my own to it, at one point quoting you, among others, on that old 'Boring Bleating' thread.

~M~


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Subject: RE: Lisa Null:Autobiographical article on folk revival
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 06 Jun 14 - 06:29 PM

Lovely, lovely article Lisa! So nice to "see" you again! B x


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Subject: RE: Lisa Null:Autobiographical article on folk revival
From: GUEST,John Foxen
Date: 07 Jun 14 - 12:18 PM

Very enjoyable and informative.
I have passed on your tip about margarine tops vs turkey feathers to my musical partner who is learning the mountain dulcimer.
PS I've always particularly loved your singing with Peter Bellamy on A-roving On A Winter's Night.


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Subject: RE: Lisa Null:Autobiographical article on folk revival
From: Larry The Radio Guy
Date: 07 Jun 14 - 04:49 PM

Lisa, I had the pleasure of meeting you and Charlie at one of the Princeton Traditional Music Festivals, and I really enjoy reading your article and learning more about you.

My more 'mongrel' folk roots came from the "Fireside Book of Popular Songs".(only later did I find that Fireside Book of Folk Songs") ..which had quite a few songs that would now be considered folk songs.   That plus songs we'd sing in school (do kids still learn those?).   Then the American/Canadian 'hootenanny' folk revival, listening to The Chad Mitchell Trio, Peter Paul and Mary, Kingston Trio, and The Brothers Four, Alan Lomax, and Pete Seeger. That took me to the public library where I discovered the New Lost City Ramblers.......and then I'd search for the 'roots' of much of that music.   Discovered lots of old timey music plus Leadbelly, and the Lomax connections.   

I wonder how many children today are able to have that experience that you describe of learning those songs directly from family?


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Subject: RE: Lisa Null:Autobiographical article on folk revival
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 07 Jun 14 - 08:40 PM

Interesting article!


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Subject: Lisa Null in Living Tradition mag
From: bradfordian
Date: 01 Jul 14 - 04:56 AM

Lovely informative biographical article by Lisa in issue 102.

(I borrowed her song "Going Home To Geogia" re-titling it (with her blessing) "Going Home To Yorkshire" - to give a sense of place on the other side of the pond)

Also in the mag --an article about Cicely Fox Smith relating to the "Celebrating Cicely" held in Devon, UK on 21 June 2014.
Living Tradition mag
Threads combined. -Mod


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Subject: RE: Lisa Null in Living Tradition mag
From: maeve
Date: 01 Jul 14 - 08:50 AM

It's great to see friends featured for their knowledge! Here's Lisa's thread on the interview to add to bradfordian's thread:

Lisa Null:Autobiographical article on folk revival


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Subject: RE: Lisa Null:Autobiographical article on folk revival
From: maeve
Date: 01 Jul 14 - 08:51 AM

Lovely and informative, Lisa... the next best thing to seeing and hearing you in person.
Maeve


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Subject: RE: Lisa Null in Living Tradition mag
From: bbc
Date: 01 Jul 14 - 09:00 AM

Nice! Congratulations, Lisa!


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Subject: RE: Lisa Null:Autobiographical article on folk revival
From: bbc
Date: 01 Jul 14 - 10:34 AM

Thanks for combining the threads, Joe!


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Subject: RE: Lisa Null:Autobiographical article on folk revival
From: bradfordian
Date: 01 Jul 14 - 01:01 PM

And thanks from me too. Apologies for lack of checking.


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Subject: RE: Lisa Null:Autobiographical article on folk revival
From: bbc
Date: 01 Jul 14 - 09:51 PM

Excellent article, Lisa!


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