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Thread #162917   Message #3885944
Posted By: Jim Carroll
31-Oct-17 - 08:54 AM
Thread Name: What is Happening to our Folk Clubs
Subject: RE: What is Happening to our Folk Clubs
Not really that au fe with Cohen, but I'll take your word for it
Shoals of Herring is far from faux-Hebridean
The text is based largely on interviews with Sam Larner and the tune' like that of Freeborn Man, was made by kicking around Gavin Greig's version of 'Famous Flower of Serving Men' (Child 106)
It was a rune he used over and over again in his songmaking

'First Time Ever' was an oddity, composed in a hurry over the phone when Peggy was in the States and needed a modern love song for a concert she was performing at - I'm not over-fond of it either
It lay dormant for nearly twenty years before it made them their fortune - Peggy always expected 'Dirty Old Town' to be the money-spinner - it never was.

MacColl did experiment with other forms; some of the John Axon music was pure Jazz and the 'Cabin Boy sequence in Singing the Fishing was delicious Gilbert and Sullivan, but in the main, most of his songs were consistently English, Scots and Irish traditionally based
His pre-epitaph, 'Joy of Living' was a direct lift from a Sicilian folk tune - we have the original here somewhere

"I can't decide whether to cry, laugh or just sit back with some popcorn..."
Why not either join in or go away and leave us children to play
I can never understand why those who don't wish to participate object to those who do
Jim Carroll