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DMcG Folk epiphany? (23) RE: Folk epiphany? 24 Apr 19


Mine was in stages. I loved the "Singing Together" series at school, and then I went to folk clubs in the late sixties and early 70's. Then I had two "breakthrough" moments. I borrowed a copy of "The Young Tradition" LP from the Uni library and was blown away by the unaccompanied close harmony - almost all the folk I had heard in clubs was solo and to a guitar accompaniment.   The sleeve notes referred to the Copper Family and within a day or two I had got hold of recordings of Bob and Ron, which even surpassed the Young Tradition.

After my first degree my flatmate went off to study in Oxford and we went down to visit. On arrival, Him: "You know there is a big May day procession of dance through the town centre? You are in it." I hadn't done any folk dance since primary school, so it was, as they say, a challenge. But afterwards we went back to the college with the dance group and really enjoyed it, so afterwards joined up with a group when I got home.


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