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GUEST,Observer Hope for folk music - Jon Doran! (262* d) RE: Hope for folk music - Jon Doran! 19 May 20

Glad to see the Paul Brady clip come up, the one in which he sings with only his guitar for accompaniment. When I watched that on Youtube the "Next Up" on the list was the one I originally referred to where he sings, plays guitar and is accompanied by Andy Irvine [harmonica and mandolin] and someone playing bazouki. The difference in timings for these recordings is one year and the improvement is noticeable particularly in regard to the balance in performance between Paul Brady's voice and his guitar and the other instruments - nobody trying to overplay anyone else and all respecting the importance of the lyrics [Could probably be down to who was running the sound desk that night].

As far as extended instrumental intros/lead-ins and full verse instrumental breaks I would venture, yes they can be overdone but since the folk revival of the 50s/60s they do serve an extremely important function in allowing songs to be passed on aurally.

What first attracts me to a song is the melody - on hearing it I either like it, or I don't. That seals the songs fate irrespective of subject or lyrics - I've got to enjoy singing it and that is governed by melody.

Good melody, then prompts me to concentrate and really listen to the words and subject of the song. If the song with a good melody tells a story then I will take the trouble and put the effort into learning it without prompts, word cribs, smart phone, i-pad or tablet.

I sing almost everything I do unaccompanied and the best aid to getting the tune of a new song fixed in my head is to listen to a version of it that DOES have an extended lead-in and DOES HAVE an instrumental break in the middle of it.

Don't think that was required way, way back in the day as people didn't move around as much, they relied upon one another for entertainment and within any given company people were known for "their party pieces" so the assembled company heard the same material time and time again - That is how they got to know the songs, learn them and subsequently pass them on.

Great and extremely valid points expressed above by GUEST JM and GUEST Keith Price - I agree completely and wish Jon Doran all the success in the world, I would certainly pay to see him sing and perform gladly, which in my order of things puts this young man well ahead of quite a number of big names currently on the "folk scene".

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