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Thread #47198   Message #704103
Posted By: GUEST,Boab
04-May-02 - 01:45 AM
Thread Name: Training detracts from 'soul' of music?
Subject: RE: Training detracts from 'soul' of music?
Kenneth McKellar is a much-loved tenor in Scotland. His renditions of several of the songs of Robert Burns ---"My Love is Like A Red Red Rose" stood out in excellence---was masterful to say the least. He was a trained singer. Bur the plain truth was, he just didn't have what it takes to put across the vast majority of the folk songs of his own country. That changed. Since my love affair with folk music and song has spanned a fair lifetime, I was privileged to be around when an early t.v. series of Scottish folk song was screened featuring Jean Redpath, Alastair MacDonald, and---Kenneth McKellar. I wasn't alone in noticing a very marked difference in Ken McKellar's approach to folk song following his experience with Jean and Alastair. The "diction" which used to set my teeth on edge when Ken sang a song in dialect became modified and much improved the feel of the song. Alastair MacDonald never could match McKellar at "Red Red Rose"---but Ken would be gey sair left at the post trying to match either of the other pair at, say, "Bogie's Bonnie Belle"!!