Mudcat Café message #3246718 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #58643   Message #3246718
Posted By: Jim Carroll
29-Oct-11 - 12:06 PM
Thread Name: Robin Hood ballads
Subject: RE: Robin Hood ballads
Sorry Sean,
I vowed I wasn't going to comment on your singing again after our last head-to-head, but since you've put this up I can only assume you have no objection to comments, even if they are not necessarily in line with your own opinion.
For me, you emphasise what went wrong with traditional songs and especially ballad singing in the hands of groups like Steeleye/The Watersons/YT/et al by transforming them from pieces of narrative into pleasant sounds.
As the old blues singer in 'Round Midnight' said, "Your notes are fine, but where's your story?"
Not the worst example; I think that honour firmly rests with Steeleye Span's assassination of the ballad 'Lambkin' where even they appear to get bored with what they are doing with it and break into an Irish reel half way through!!
Jim Carroll