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Thread #105792   Message #2185660
Posted By: Jeri
03-Nov-07 - 12:38 PM
Thread Name: Davey Graham: what a waste
Subject: RE: Davey Graham: what a waste
People talking about how bad he was at a concert isn't any less career-killing than pity.

I will say that everybody's assuming it's alcohol making him a bit clumsy on the frets. It may be, but it may be something else. Even if he's drinking before gigs, it may be still be something else.

It's funny. I watch/listen to the Youtubosity of the current tour, and I notice the missed notes, hesitancy and the lapses in timing. If I paid to see THE Davy Graham and he was drunk, I'd be mad. If I knew he had MS or some other disease he couldn't do anything about, I could choose to see him and I think I'd be able to overlook the mistakes because I can hear what he's trying to play.

The anger from people who feel let down is because they think he's intentionally doing this to himself and his audience. They think they've been fooled. At the very least, it sounds like his people have adopted a 'he has problems, but the punters won't notice' attitude. The punters have noticed, and the punters are obviously not happy.

I don't doubt the new album is brilliant.