Mudcat Café Message Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafeawe

User Name Thread Name Subject Posted
GUEST,The Vulgar Boatman Singing in dialect (63* d) RE: Folklore: Singing in dialect 30 Apr 03

Have we considered the possibility that in terms of performance we are rather akin to actors, who think nothing of learning an accent or dialect for a role. Problem is, we don't keep it up for a seried of songs and spoil "the willing suspension of disbelief" and maybe that's what grates on the audience.

Two truths:
Once there was a man called James MIller who was born and raised in Manchester, England. He had Scots forbears, and when he took to singing, freely interchanged his working class Mancunian accent with a broad if unidentifiable Scottish dialect. Once he became Ewan MacColl, he then presumed to lecture the rest of us mere mortals about singing from your roots...


a quote from Dave Swarbrick, who when asked by Carthy if they could do something to a particular song replied, "Martin, the music doesn't mind.

Keep the faith


Post to this Thread -

Back to the Main Forum Page

By clicking on the User Name, you will requery the forum for that user. You will see everything that he or she has posted with that Mudcat name.

By clicking on the Thread Name, you will be sent to the Forum on that thread as if you selected it from the main Mudcat Forum page.
   * Click on the linked number with * to view the thread split into pages (click "d" for chronologically descending).

By clicking on the Subject, you will also go to the thread as if you selected it from the original Forum page, but also go directly to that particular message.

By clicking on the Date (Posted), you will dig out every message posted that day.

Try it all, you will see.