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Martin Graebe Bertsongs? (songs of A. L. 'Bert' Lloyd) (323* d) RE: Bertsongs? 26 Apr 08


Paul Graney's recordings are in very safe hands. Johnny Adams and team have big plans for them, that he talked about at the last Traditional Song Forum meeting (see notes here - and apologies for the mis-spelling. Note taking is another oral process).

Back to the thread (OK - I'm a late-comer, as usual). I only once saw Bert perform live (at the Jolly Porter in Exeter) and it was a wonderful experience. Throughout the 70s he was a source of inspiration and object of admiration. Without his example I suspect that I would never have developed that interest in 'where songs come from'. In time I came to realise that many of my favourite songs, from many of my favourite singers had his fingerprints on them. Later still I found the 'dodgy' aspects of his scholarship and, yes, I have to admit was a bit disappointed and, to a degree, disillusioned. But his contribution was, as has been said on this and the other threads, outstanding and permanent. Thanks, Bert.

Martin Graebe

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