Mudcat Café message #2709043 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #123172   Message #2709043
Posted By: Jim Carroll
26-Aug-09 - 12:09 PM
Thread Name: What did you do in the war, Ewan?
Subject: RE: Folklore: What did you do in the war, Ewan?
It might be worth putting all this in context:
While all the stars of the revival who spent more energy knocking MacColl than they apparently did trying to become better singers, he and Peggy were devoting a night a week for about ten years assisting less experienced singers.
As I learned from personal experience, they threw open their home to new singers so they could access their extensive collection of books and recordings. Unlike a number of singers I have approached for material and information, they never refused assistance when approached.
While club organisers where whingeing about performers singing political songs - and still are if recent threads are anything to go by - MacColl and Seeger were writing and performing songs about the peace movement, apartheid in South Africa, the fascist takeover of Greece and Turkey, racism, the genocide in Viet Nam, Trades Union rights, the miner's strike, Thatcher's carve-up of Britain........ and the beat goes on. They also gave their services free-of-charge to these activities.
They assisted the setting up of new clubs - including three I was involved in, performing without charge to get them going.
Now perhaps we can hear from some of the grave-dancers what they personally have done and are doing at present to assist folk music to survive and continue to be enjoyed.
Maybe our O.P. would like to start?
Jim Carroll