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Posted By: Jeanie
02-Feb-08 - 08:45 AM
Thread Name: Kate Rusby sings Sandy Denny !!!!
Subject: RE: Kate Rusby sings Sandy Denny !!!!
Rodge - it doesn't matter whether KR (or whoever sings the signature song) is "from Yorkshire" or not - it's the ACCENT used which is the point. Someone can be "from Yorkshire" (or "from Liverpool, Glasgow, wherever)...but that doesn't mean that in the context of a play or TV show they have to speak or sing in that accent, if the play or show is set *elsewhere*.

A signature tune or signature song for a play or series is the first point of reference for the audience. If I hear a signature song in a particular or specific accent, that is already telling me, as an audience member, before the first scene begins, something about what I am about to see. It needs careful selection and I think, on this occasion, the programme makers didn't make the best choice of song or accent in which the song was sung - which was my original point.

(i.e. Kate Rusby toning down her northern accent would have been fine. Just hearing it as a signature song suggests to the audience: "Ah, this is set in Northern England" - which it clearly isn't).

- jeanie