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Thread #162666   Message #3939786
Posted By: Jim Carroll
27-Jul-18 - 05:56 AM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
"Jim, I don't think anyone here is trying to prove Bert a charlatan. "
Unfortunately I think some have Brian - I am not alone in thinking so, Mike Yates felt the need to comment on it.
Bert has been a long standing to me of the rebvival's vitrionl, as has MacColl
Neither got everything right but both got enough right to be spared the abuse
As Peggy once said in an uncharacteristic outburst of anger in a letter, "they are no longer around to speak for themselves"
Bert, Ewan and a few others were dedicated to popularising folk songs - some of the treatment they have and still are receiving continues to anger and disappoint me "serpent's teeth and thakless children" spring to mind when the "name change, "finger-in-ear" mob bring out the rope and look for a suitable tree
It's not exactly as if somebody has stepped in their shoes and did what they did
I can't think of a single one

"Steve Mayne"
Of 'Mayne Coaches' fame
Another warm blast from the past - a close friend when I lived in Manchester
We argued from opening to closing time on many occasions, but still remained friends
Good days!