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Where You're Meant To Be/Sheila Stewart/

FreddyHeadey 31 Mar 16 - 10:44 AM
GUEST,Guest 31 Mar 16 - 07:10 PM
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GUEST,Hartlepool FF 20 Jun 16 - 08:56 AM
Johnny J 20 Jun 16 - 07:12 PM
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Subject: Where You're Meant To Be/Sheila Stewart/
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 31 Mar 16 - 10:44 AM

Where You're Meant To Be/Sheila Stewart/Aidan Moffat

- a documentary by Paul Fegan , 2016

" It's meant to be a tour that allows Aidan Moffat to explore the roots of his country. It's meant to be a trip that celebrates Scotland's communities and lore. But then he meets Sheila Stewart – a 79-year-old force of nature and travelling balladeer whose life, and unexpected death, upturns Moffat's musical assumptions. He believes these old songs are ripe for updating against a modern urban backdrop. She does not."
http://whereyouremeanttobe.com/#about-the-film 


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BBC radio4 Film Program , 31 March 2016

"Ex-Arab Strap front man Aidan Moffat talks about his controversial attempts to re-write traditional Scottish folk songs, as documented in the new film Where You're Meant To Be."
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b074vtmx 


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Subject: RE: Where You're Meant To Be/Sheila Stewart/
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 31 Mar 16 - 07:10 PM

Accidentally heard most of the radio interview yesterday and have to admit to being more than impressed.

Will be keeping an eye on this.


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Subject: RE: Where You're Meant To Be/Sheila Stewart/
From: Rain Dog
Date: 20 Jun 16 - 05:33 AM

Reviewed in The Observer yesterday and out on general release now

Observer review


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Subject: RE: Where You're Meant To Be/Sheila Stewart/
From: GUEST,Hartlepool FF
Date: 20 Jun 16 - 08:56 AM

Where You're Meant to Be will be screened at Hartlepool Folk Festival, along with Hamish: The Movie.

21 - 23 October. Early bird tickets available till the end of June. www.hartlepoolfolkfest.co.uk


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Subject: RE: Where You're Meant To Be/Sheila Stewart/
From: Johnny J
Date: 20 Jun 16 - 07:12 PM

I watched this film at the weekend and, although I appreciate that it was a very well produced and interesting piece of work, I came away feeling very angry about the attitude of Adrian Moffat towards the Scottish tradition and his disrespectful attitude towards the music, song and performers especially the late Sheila Stewart. He is not a sympathetic or likeable character nor somebody whose company I'd choose to seek. His notion that the "old songs" should be adapted and updated for modern day urban consumption is flawed in itself but the whole situation is exacerbated by Moffat's total arrogance and obvious ignorance of the Scottish tradition.

To be fair, his attitude did appear to soften a little on his travels as he learned or was "put right" over a few things. However, I am convinced that had it not been for the sad death of Sheila Stewart, the direction of the film would have been quite different and likely to have been even more dismissive of Scotland's folk traditions.

For what it's worth, I believe the old songs should be left as they are although I am quite open to hearing interesting and imaginative arrangements as long as these are tasteful and respectfully done. Also,I have no objection to musicians and singers brought up in the tradition being involved in such projects... The late Martyn Bennett springs to mind here.
However, Moffat's efforts were crass, vulgar, and little more than third rate parodies. I didn't see the point of the whole thing.

If he is so keen on "relevant modern" folk songs, why doesn't he just write a few new ones of his own instead of interfering with and "blootering"(Sheila's words) the old ones?

You will see a few "weel kent" faces from the Scottish traditional singing scene in this film. I think they were surprisingly restrained and polite with their comments. Much more than I would have been.


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Subject: RE: Where You're Meant To Be/Sheila Stewart/
From: Jack Campin
Date: 20 Jun 16 - 08:16 PM

If Johnny J (who is usually Mr Diplomatic, above and beyond the call of duty) writes in those terms I suspect I'd be downing Ramipril like popcorn halfway through it...

Is there enough of Sheila Stewart to make it bearable?


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Subject: RE: Where You're Meant To Be/Sheila Stewart/
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Jun 16 - 04:14 AM

There was quite a bit of Sheila and other well known tradition bearers featured although it seemed fairly obvious they didn't approve of Moffat either.

The scenery was beautiful and, as I said, the film was well produced. However, in other circumstances, it's theme and conclusion would probably have not been as sympathetic to the folk tradition. After all, althugh he did appear to "come round", he still went ahead with his project anyway.

I suggest everyone should see the film anyway. Not everyone will come to the same view as me I'm sure especially those who have had little involvement or previous music of traditional music. However, having known The Stewarts and the others for so many years, I couldn't help but feel angry and hurt on their behalf at being used in this way.

Yes, attempts were also made to portray Moffat as a bit of a buffon and he, at least, managed to portray a "self deprecating" personality throughout the film. As I said though, I'm sure this "balancing factor" was influenced by the turn of events and wasn't the original plan.


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Subject: RE: Where You're Meant To Be/Sheila Stewart/
From: Johnny J
Date: 21 Jun 16 - 04:26 AM

Sorry. Last post was also from me sent from a tablet.


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Subject: RE: Where You're Meant To Be/Sheila Stewart/
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 24 Jun 16 - 10:39 AM

Radio 2 Aidan Moffat talking to Jonathan Ross (available till ~20 July2016)

Jonathan Ross ((~0:49:00)Canal Poetry from Jo Bell) .... (~01:06:20) Aidan Moffat)

imho Not much of interest once they start talking about deep fried Mars bars(it IS Radio2, it IS Jonathan Ross), then sings Parting Glass @ ~01:24:30 if you like his voice.


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