Mudcat Café message #883435 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #56389   Message #883435
Posted By: GUEST,Tom
05-Feb-03 - 04:35 PM
Thread Name: .the Ian Campbell Folk Group
Subject: RE: .the Ian Campbell Folk Group
Go on, go on, you Roger and anyone else who, like me, is still able to hear(in memory) every note and word of Ian, Lorna and the group. They were my 'epiphany' (is that the correct term) in folk music and for numerous years I attempted, with various combinations of friends, to reproduce their sound and style. They were marvellous.
I am intrigued to hear that Ian is now resident in Ireland...where! where? Not that I would make a nuisance of myself but I would dearly love an opportunity to thank him personally for the pleasure he and the band brought to thousands .Does anyone know where he might be addressed even?
So sad to hear of Lorna's retirement I thought she was even better than Ronnie Gilbert in that genre of music. Also saddening to find out that John is dead, one never thinks that those whose photos always look the same , even on old record sleeves , are no longer performing and enjoying making music.
One question ; why , I wonder, did Ian always plump for the 5-string banjo (Andy's style was almost bluegrass) rather than a tenor? Not that I'm complaining I cannot imagine a better combo than he did put together, but, would not the 5-string have been more identified with American music?