Mudcat Café message #3002433 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #132501   Message #3002433
Posted By: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
08-Oct-10 - 09:31 AM
Thread Name: What is psych folk...?
Subject: RE: What is psych folk...?
The beauty of being a bright inquisitive 6th form student in semi-rural zumerzetshire in 1977
is that it was just so 'normal' and natural to play and write 'new original' music
in a loud electric adolescent testosterone fueled band
that happily encompassed diverse influences as organically related & curiously co-existing
as the likes of mc5, the move, the clash, xtc, jack the lad, pentangle and gong...

[ plus the sum total of all their collective influences ]

..and the local public library kept a damn good
inspiring trad 'folk' & blues LP collection....


Of course we watched old grey whistle test and read the NME,
and envied teenage life in the big cities..

..but then, father stored his weekly delivery of cider in the shed,
and it was only half an hours drive out of town in an older hippy mates car
to the nearest mushroom fields....

and plenty of village halls, scout huts and pub skittle alleys
for amped up rehearsals & gigs and pissed up girls 18th birthday parties..

Now 30 odd years later, despite natures unending cruelty..

..fatter, balder, failing eyesight & hearing, memory loss & confusion
.. and an arthritic drummer..

3 decades of exposure to all kinds of 'new genres' and 'historic archive rediscoveries'
and our ever healthy attitude to music in all its heterogeneous shades of glory still aint changed that much..

we just own a hell of a lot more expensive music technology and instruments
to amuse ourselves with.

so bollocks, i'm not uncomfortable with my chosen mudcat identity...