Mudcat Café message #1705644 The Mudcat Café TM
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Posted By: Big Al Whittle
29-Mar-06 - 10:26 AM
Thread Name: I just discovered Joan Baez
Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
was that Andrew Marr? I had it in my mind as someone else - Phil Ochs or somebody, funny how time plays nasty tricks on your memory.

I was thinking about this thread and I suppose I am like everyone else - totally in awe of her guitar playing and delivery of trad material.

The only trouble with her was that she set an impossibly high standard for lady singers. You knew everytime they came up to perform in your local folk club - they all had the long Joan/Marianne Faithful type hair and the acoustic guitar and they all sang her songs, and by and large they all sounded pretty crap - cos you were comparing them with Joan Baez records.
The boys had a lot easier time - doing the Dylan rasp or the Tom Paxton smiley tone, or the Leonard Cohen drone or the Martin Carthy/Walter Gabriel/jolly sailor/Long John Silver/merry ploughboy all purpose trad noise.