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Thread #116964   Message #2553276
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
30-Jan-09 - 06:34 PM
Thread Name: Why folk clubs are dying
Subject: RE: Why folk clubs are dying
Yeh you're right Pip - maybe I'm not all that musical. For me the music is very secondary. It probably always was.

I've measured out my life in versions of The Ballad of tam Linn and to be honest

1) I had a pretty shit education - but as a James Joyce freak, I recognised in a a retelling of the Proteus myth the first time I heard it.
2) It was like Question Time - nearly interesting, but not quite - certainly not entertaining. I remember thinking Ewan cut a fine figure of a man sitting backwards on his kitchen chair like he did.
3) I couldn't whistle the tune.

I do feel some sort of kinship when I hear a jazz band play Running Wild, or a fifty something year old struggling with the chord of a Buddy Holly Song.

To me its about folk. Music....... okay. but first and foremost its about folk. And liking that chap up there onstage.