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Gedi Review: MacColl Celebration Salford (62* d) RE: Review: MacColl Celebration Salford 30 Oct 09

Well said to both Jim C and Dave eG.

As for the music on the night, It was imho very good but personally I would have liked to have heard a few more of McColls work. There seemed to be a number of songs which to me just didn't fit in with the evening. The opening song, clearly an American 'back porch' kind of song being one example, the Punch and Judy song being another.

I thought it was a shame the audience didn't seem to want to join in more when clearly being encouraged to do so. This I think partly contributed to the 'flat' atmosphere.

And of course I have to agree with Les about the glaring lack of a mention of the current (very active) folk scene in and around Salford. I had the good fortune to come across the excellent local singer/songwriter Albert Thompson at the White Lion, Swinton, at the weekend, and I thought it would have been fitting if one or two of his songs (perhaps even performed by the man himself!) could have been done as a tribute to EM.

Nevertheless, it was a good night and I'm pleased to have been there.


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