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Posted By: Vic Smith
03-Nov-20 - 12:08 PM
Thread Name: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
Subject: RE: BBC Radio4 - Morpurgo's Folk Journeys
Dick wrote
K Polwart, WHAT A SILLY BILLY, QUOTE.. A POP SINGER WAS ABLE TO SING A LOVE SONG WITH PATHOS,BECAUSE HE WAS NOT FROM A FOLK BACKGROUND.
This must rate as an entry for Pseuds Corner are folk singers a different species?do they not have Relationships?
What a load of Squit if Karen Polwart sees this, I cordially invite her to my next gig....


Everyone is entitled to their opinion and opinions will differ. However, if you are going to criticise what people said, you really need to make sure that you are quoting them accurately and giving the correct context. Here is an accurate transcription of what Karine said on the programme:-
...heard him sing "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and I actually came on the stage weeping. I just had to take a moment to stop and compose myself because it was so beautiful.... interesting to me that the person at that gig who managed to pull of the maximum pathos was the lead singer of a pop band, not a folk musician. I think that he was able to inhabit that with total conviction; no sense of embarrassment was because he was not from a folk background. He was from a pop background. He was able to do that and really nail it in a way that might not sit so comfortably with a folk singer.


To me she is talking about the way the way he approached the song. Peggy Seeger sung a snatch on the programme as if it were a folk song. Roberta Flack sung it with her background as a soul diva. Paul Buchanan obviously found a way of interpreting the song that got to Karine. All a matter of reactions and opinions.