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Posted By: The Borchester Echo
15-Apr-08 - 11:42 AM
Thread Name: Eliza Carthy in the Guardian
Subject: RE: Eliza Carthy in the Guardian
I wouldn't personally have chosen The London Lasses as the band for the ceilidh (though it's only a short one at the end). Not because they're not a good band, because they are (and Sarah Pavey is an excellent beginners' caller), but because they do Irish and this will serve to reinforce the public perception that trad dance music from Britain is only Irish and Scottish.

The concert, however, is brilliant. For Bellowhead and Bella Hardy to be showcased in such a high profile gig is a tremendous breakthrough for English music. It's music the public don't yet know they like. It's genuinely "people's music" and oh, the joy if they yell for more and more. And they will . . . why wouldn't they?

Of course the Proms is a world-renowned music festival. But this is an element that's been largely overlooked by them till now. Roger Wright didn't waste his time entirely at R3. Eliza's piece speaks for many (though clearly not all) of us. After this day in July I'm hoping she'll be speaking for several thousands more.