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Posted By: GUEST,Shimrod
16-Apr-08 - 05:17 AM
Thread Name: Eliza Carthy in the Guardian
Subject: RE: Eliza Carthy in the Guardian
"Which version of Folk Britannia is Shimrod talking about? The one in his/her head or the one that was actually broadcast on my TV?"

My point is that, in my opinion, Eliza C. is one of the few people uniquely qualified to 'represent' English Folk Music. I watched the 'Folk Britannia' programmes with some dismay. In one episode we had Billy Bragg, who seems to think he represents English Folk Music, hogging the stage (in my opinion Mr Bragg's output has very little to do with Folk Music - 'political punk' might be a better description - nothing wrong with that, if you like that sort of thing - I can't stand it!).

On the other hand, during Ms Carthy's episode, my recollection is that she sang a couple of songs but spent most of the programme introducing other performers.

I know that Ms Carthy reads this, and I really don't want to come across as some sort of 'starstruck fan', but I do think that, of all the younger performers, she is the most talented and most innovative, as well as the performer who gets closest to the emotional heart of English Trad. music. We need to hear more of Eliza Carthy and less of the likes of Mr Bragg! You are our great hope, Eliza - go for it!