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Posted By: Jeanie
02-Feb-08 - 11:12 AM
Thread Name: Kate Rusby sings Sandy Denny !!!!
Subject: RE: Kate Rusby sings Sandy Denny !!!!
Guest "Squeezebox" - in case your comment about "slagging off the (Yorkshire accent) of KR" is directed at me, please re-read my posts and you will see that I am *not* "slagging off" anybody's accents !

I agree with you about her singing - but I don't think it's best suited for this particular context (i.e. signature song of a TV series set in something the programme-makers vaguely describe as The West Country).

I agree, too, about the particularities of accents. "A Yorkshire accent" or "A West Country Accent" or "A Southern States Accent" means virtually nothing, and any actor/performer worth his salt will spend a long time training and practising to get the specifics within each broad group right for the particular town/district etc. of the character he is playing.

The programme makers have set "Jam & Jerusalem" in a vague "West Country". As McGrath said earlier on, it could just as well have been anywhere, but they have, for whatever reason, said that is where Clatterford is ~(perhaps so as not to be accused of copying Calender Girls too closely ?)

The whole setting, characterization and writing of the series is far too woolly: a vaguely created medium for particular performers, rather than a particular setting in which to then cast performers to suit.

Just my view on things...

- jeanie