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Andy M Info/Discuss: Michael Marra (1952-2012) (7) MICHAEL MARRA 04 Apr 17

I am interested in your views on why Michael Marra is not widely known, celebrated and critically acknowledged. Almost his entire discography has been made recently available on Spotify. As a songwriter, for me he is second only to Bob Dylan, and covers similar musical bases, only in reverse, moving from rock to acoustic, solo or with small groups. The breadth of his vision, with wit and humanity is astonishing, and his introductions (captured best on the CD with Mr McFall's Chamber) are sublime. I know that the leading UK folk magazine considered him not relevant to folk music - an astonishing p.o.v given not only his later work but also his absolute Scottish/Dundee focus. This may be one impediment to his wider fame as his use of dialect/Scots language is too fiercely protected by some as sacrosanct, in my view. Loudon Wainwright III's non-dialect version of "Harmless" getting criticism (though not from his guitarist brother). Hard copy CDs have long not been available; maybe review copies were not issued...who knows? I genuinely do not understand why he is not more widely loved.

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