Mudcat Café message #4028094 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #167156   Message #4028094
Posted By: Vic Smith
13-Jan-20 - 03:30 PM
Thread Name: Review: Lost threads
Subject: RE: Review: Lost threads
Jack Campin wrote:-
I've never knowingly heard Walter Pardon .... so I guessed he might be a sort of English Willie Scott...
I saw WP only once and then he only sang a couple of songs in a concert with lots of other people; I saw WS many times - brought him down to Brighton to sing at our club and he stayed with us for a couple of nights. I had many conversations with Willie but never spoke to Walter and for that reason alone, I would be more likely to have favoured Willie. He was a public performer long before the folk revival came along - singing at harvest homes, village concerts and the like whereas Walter had not been a public singer before Peter Bellamy and others encouraged him.

Listening to recordings of both, I would not like to say which is the better singer. Camparisons would be invidious - I'm just galad to have heard two great singers with different styles.