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MGM·Lion right-wing 'folk' (44) RE: right-wing 'folk' 10 May 16

"plenty on the left" ...

Much to the detriment of the scene imo, Allan. I repeat what I said in my Times review of Ewan MacColl's Journeyman: that he was "a considerable poet. His fine songs of men at work (Schooldays Over, Champion at Keeping 'Em Rolling, Shoals of Herring) ought to be widely anthologised. However, I wouldn't give a dime a dozen for the political songs of which, he tells us, it was his aim from the 60s to the 80s to write at least ten each month." Such bathetic tendentiousness drags any session down to portentous tedium.

And, yes, I know all about traditional songs of disaster & protest from High·Blantyre to 4d·A·Day; and about such as Tommy Armstrong & Mary Brooksbank: but I maintain my point as a generality.


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