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Thread #104731   Message #2148098
Posted By: The Sandman
13-Sep-07 - 05:50 AM
Thread Name: how important is the label traditional singer?
Subject: how important is the label traditional s
At the end of the day it doesn't really matter whether or not Bob Blake was a 'traditional singer'. Bob, I'm sure, was true to himself, and if a young, inexperienced song collector (i.e. me) was willing to impute a label onto Bob that, with hindsight, was probably inaccurate, then the egg is surely on my face! What really matters is the fact that Bob was a fine singer and luckily we did manage to record him singing some of the songs that he knew. Also, many people today want a world of certainties, a world where our every thought and desire can be seen in terms of black and white. But, of course, life is not like that and, kicking against this, we so often find ourselves suffering from the unsatisfactory nature of things. Bob Blake gave pleasure to many people by singing his songs. Singers like the Coppers, Bob Lewis and George Belton became his friends and accepted him as their equal. I'm glad that I met him and heard him sing, and, at the end of the day, that's what really matters to me.

Mike Yates - 8.8.06 [article in musical traditions]
I agree with Mike Yates,and think judgements should be made on merit of the singer,rather than concern about whether the singer is a revivalist or a traditional singer.Peter Kennedy appears to have thought otherwise.
what do you think.