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Posted By: The Sandman
12-Feb-19 - 04:02 AM
Thread Name: Where Have all the Folkies Gone
Subject: RE: Where Have all the Folkies Gone
I am not caling anyone a liar, my quote was directly from peggys interview with colin irwin, there was a rule in the singers club. further more i knew of two singers who were approached outside of the singers club and were criticised by macColl for singning bessis smith songs,
jim , you are trying to rewrite history.Irepeat the quote from Peggy herself which ilustrates that there was a rule and the club was prescriptive
DOubtless contributing to that stereotype is the ban imposed by Peggy and Ewan at the club they were running in London in the early days of the folk revival on anyone performing material not of their own musical culture or heritage. Originally triggered by a heavily Americanised set at the club by Long John Baldry, it continues to inspire animated debate to this day. Peggy, who readily concedes that MacColl himself was singing American songs when she first met him, is unrepentant about their stance and sees no dichotomy in her current mash-ups with Broadcaster.

ďI sing Scottish songs in the bath tub because they are so beautiful but I wouldnít sing them on stage because I donít feel qualified. I canít pronounce them properly. Iíd have to live up there for a long time. Iíve heard enough English and Scottish people singing Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly Ė and I was brought up with those songs Ė to know that I mustnít sing Scottish songs in public. It would be too painful for the Scots to listen to