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Thread #94776   Message #1837183
Posted By: The Sandman
18-Sep-06 - 04:14 AM
Thread Name: Reflections/Criticism of Peter Kennedy
Subject: RE: Reflections/Criticism of Peter Kennedy
Peter Kennedy was wonderfully enthusiastic abut traditional music , he was a good player of the button accordion. Kennedy also did a vast amount of collecting [ for which I am personally in debted]he was also responsible for the introduction of the g d button accordion into english folk circles. I met him on two occasions in TOTNES, I consider it an Honour to have known him, He was a Positive man who did a lot of good for the folk revival.
    TO HIS DETRACTORS I SAY THIS. he was not someone who made vast amounts of money from the english folk scene. yes he was a professional and he made aliving out of it, but so do Lou killen and Martin Carthy.The very fact that Peter had to go out and busk when he was quite elderly confirms this. I visited his home twice, his style of living was un ostentatious, and did not fit in with the ludicrous idea that he was somekind of financial ripper offer of folk people, any more than Cecil Sharp was.