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evansakes Alternative Folk Awards (167* d) RE: Alternative Folk Awards 01 Jan 12

Big Al Whittle wrote -
"Carthy, Gillian Welch, Courtney Pine.

Can you imagine any of these people handling a new years eve gig, where people get up and boogie?"

To debunk another of Big Al's myths, Gillian Welch and her partner David Rawlings can do it too, Vic. A few years back I saw them with Buddy Miller's band running through a bunch of standards in a bar (including Chuck Berry's 'Nadine' and Dylan's 'Highway 61). Rawlings was playing electric guitar solos reminiscent of Eddie van Halen...

....and while I'm on, Gillian Welch wasn't automatically elevated into arts centres and theatres either. There was no silver spoon in her mouth or red carpet treatment. On her first visit to the UK she played pubs and small clubs in front of 40 or 50 people and worked her way up from there (I saw her at Dingwalls then Shepherd's Bush Empire then Hammersmith Odeon). It's all just need need a shed load of talent coupled with the right attitude and a bit of determination.

Can't comment about Courtney Pine but I suspect it's a similar story.

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