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Posted By: keberoxu
09-Apr-16 - 11:27 AM
Thread Name: Peter Bellamy - Kipling LP needed
Subject: RE: Peter Bellamy - Kipling LP needed
Taking this opportunity to say a big Thank You to member DaveRo. He got a CD copy to me of "Rudyard Kipling Made Exceedingly Good Songs."

I'm fascinated with "Heriot's Ford" because Kipling's text is an obvious homage to the tragic traditional English ballads; Bellamy's melody, I don't know if it is a traditional melody, or one original to Bellamy that behaves like a trad tune. But hearing Bellamy sing it a cappella is thrilling. An ignorant listener could be forgiven, hearing this performance, for believing that this setting of Kipling was actually out of the trad repertoire.