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Thread #123172   Message #2708859
Posted By: Jack Blandiver
26-Aug-09 - 08:13 AM
Thread Name: What did you do in the war, Ewan?
Subject: RE: Folklore: What did you do in the war, Ewan?
I'm just reporting on stories told: Folklore, as it says. Like the folk club organiser weary with MacColl's prima-donna attitude who scrawled ARSEHOLE on the back of the chair set aside for the star turn, knowing our hero's affectation of turning the chair around to sit with the back facing the audience.

My favourite of all is the legendary first meeting of Alan Lomax with A L Lloyd and Ewan MacColl at some point in the 1950s in a WMC in Tow Law where Bert and Jimmy were giving the miners a concert of their own folk music. Does anyone know for sure if this actually happened? I've spoken to various ex-miners of Tow Law over the years who have no memory of it (nor of course know of any folk songs but that's a separate issue). There are however still folkies in Tyneside who sing Blackleg Miner with great sincerity of heart; again one is reminded of 1984:

It was only an 'opeless fancy,
It passed like an Ipril dye,
But a look an' a word an' the dreams they stirred
They 'ave stolen my 'eart awye!'

A suitable epitaph for the Folk Revival perhaps?