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Seeking Obscure Folk Cassette Tapes

GUEST,Lin 11 Apr 17 - 01:14 AM
vectis 11 Apr 17 - 04:52 AM
GUEST,David Nuttall, Wakefield 11 Apr 17 - 05:06 AM
Jack Campin 11 Apr 17 - 09:38 AM
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Subject: Seeking Obscure Folk Cassette Tapes
From: GUEST,Lin
Date: 11 Apr 17 - 01:14 AM

I am seeking to buy obscure folk cassettes by mostly unknown folk artists (solo, duos or groups) from USA, Canada, UK) that were released in the 1960's through 1980's and perhaps sold at folk venues or coffeehouses, (and limited distribution.)
Looking for singers who were unknown and mostly just sang, played guitar and sold their tapes at folk festivals, folk clubs, etc.
Not interested in acapella singing or instrumentals. Only interested in singers with guitar or other acoustic instrument accompaniment.

If you have any tapes like this, please post message as to the singer/singers names and title of tape or songs, year released, etc.
I am in USA. Thank you.

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Subject: RE: Seeking Obscure Folk Cassette Tapes
From: vectis
Date: 11 Apr 17 - 04:52 AM

I must have about 100, mainly UK based singers.

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Subject: RE: Seeking Obscure Folk Cassette Tapes
From: GUEST,David Nuttall, Wakefield
Date: 11 Apr 17 - 05:06 AM

You may get some joy from Holy Ground Records.....Mike Levon....reputed to be the first independent record company in this country. Associations with Bretton Hall college and Moody's bar in WAKEFIELD. These were all amateur recordings and performers but may not be on cassette format . Good luck. Please contact me if I can help further.


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Subject: RE: Seeking Obscure Folk Cassette Tapes
From: Jack Campin
Date: 11 Apr 17 - 09:38 AM

What's the objective of this collecting?

I heard a talk last year from the Canadian singer/ethnomusicologist Brenna MacCrimmon (her thing is Western Turkey, Thrace and the Balkans). She said it was SOP for ethnomusicologists arriving in a new area to first hit the local market and buy up all the kitchen cassettes they could. When I first went to Istanbul I'd often see people selling Kurdish cassettes (only marginally legal and sometimes well over the line with the more political stuff) from small barrows, so they could beat it quickly when the cops started taking an interest.

So for something like Kurdish political song, I can see the point. But the sheer volume of low-budget Anglo-American singer-guitarist music must make undirected accumulation a bit like stamp collecting - you'll never get them all.

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