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Thread #87802   Message #1642907
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
06-Jan-06 - 02:09 PM
Thread Name: Mike Harding's Beautiful Music
Subject: RE: Mike Harding's Beautiful Music
Hmm.... as ye sow, so shall ye reep

One of the reasons the song ain't as well known as it should be, the best version I ever heard of it, was by the late great Doug Porter of Derby.

Doug's manly tones and his ex-service man background fitted this song like a glove - both in terms of natural empathy and natural ability.

Of course Doug's delivery was not nearly traddy enough to ever gain the respect of the middle class tripe hounds who put together radio programmes. Doug had the typical working class person's love of country music.

Harding got his big break sneering at American country music, and this activity remains a staple belief of the English traditional folk music - George Jones is insincere and laughable singing about his drink problem and failed marriages, whilst Martin Carthy telling of his close shaves with the press gang - oh they are dead sincere!