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Midsomer Murders does Folk Music

Tony Rees 16 May 20 - 03:51 PM
Murpholly 17 May 20 - 02:54 AM
Dave the Gnome 17 May 20 - 03:03 AM
Dave Sutherland 17 May 20 - 01:56 PM
Tony Rees 17 May 20 - 03:06 PM
EBarnacle 17 May 20 - 06:02 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 May 20 - 08:44 PM
EBarnacle 17 May 20 - 09:58 PM
GUEST,henryp 18 May 20 - 02:47 AM
Tony Rees 18 May 20 - 03:09 PM
GUEST,Malcolm Storey 21 May 20 - 02:56 PM
Mo the caller 21 May 20 - 04:00 PM
EBarnacle 22 May 20 - 12:17 AM
GUEST,Malcolm Storey 22 May 20 - 12:13 PM
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Subject: Midsomer Murders does Folk Music
From: Tony Rees
Date: 16 May 20 - 03:51 PM

Just watched a repeat of the 2015 Midsomer Murders episode set at a folk festival, "The Ballad of Midsomer County", alternatively slightly cringe-worthy and oddly interesting - with a specially composed folk song of the same name performed by Lucie Jones & Seth Lakeman which I actually enjoyed... does not seem to have been discussed previously on mudcat, unless I am missing something. Official plot summary is "Could a ballad made famous by late, lamented folk singer Johnny Carver be an inspiration for murder? Did someone want to kill Toby Winning for threatening to take the Little Crosby Folk Festival away from Midsomer - or is the true motive something hidden for 20 years?"

That folk music subculture is a dangerous place, it seems.

Any thoughts/reactions by our viewers?...


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Subject: RE: Midsomer Murders does Folk Music
From: Murpholly
Date: 17 May 20 - 02:54 AM

I remember that one. Thought the music was quite good andf story line interesting. Know of several times folkies have fallen out the usual one being "He's pinched my song. I always sing that!" though not aware of it getting as far as murder.


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Subject: RE: Midsomer Murders does Folk Music
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 17 May 20 - 03:03 AM

I have seen it a couple of times and enjoyed it. You need to suspend the disbelief if you ever had anything to do with organising a folk festival though. A festival making money? Come on, pull the other one :-)


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Subject: RE: Midsomer Murders does Folk Music
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 17 May 20 - 01:56 PM

Apparently the entire village's economy was dependent on the folk festival yet all the concerts they showed had less audience than a mid - August singer's night at your average folk club.


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Subject: RE: Midsomer Murders does Folk Music
From: Tony Rees
Date: 17 May 20 - 03:06 PM

A quote from a separate thread about a month ago:

"From: GUEST,henryp - PM
Date: 26 Apr 20 - 03:08 PM

I missed this one today; ITV3 Midsomer Murders; The organiser of Lower Crosby Folk Festival is found dead. It seems the murder may have been inspired by The Ballad of Midsomer County.

In fact, the lyrics (and the screenplay) have been written by Paul Logue, and set to music by folk singer-songwriter Seth Lakeman, who also accompanies Lucie Jones on guitar and fiddle on the soundtrack. The folk festival takes place at Nettlebed Village Hall, where the Nettlebed Folk Club (NFC) meets. Several of NFC's regular singers are featured in the episode."


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Subject: RE: Midsomer Murders does Folk Music
From: EBarnacle
Date: 17 May 20 - 06:02 PM

As Nettles has the starring role in the original series, the name of the town is truly appropriate.

Other than similarity of appearance, is the person who takes over for him related?


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Subject: RE: Midsomer Murders does Folk Music
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 May 20 - 08:44 PM

The premise in the plot line is that new Detective John Barnaby is the cousin of the more senior Tom Barnaby. In real life, there is no mention of acting relatives on IMDb. The Ballad of Midsomer County, Season 17, Episode 3.

By now you'd thing the county would be emptied out, either by the deaths of residents or the rest of them fleeing for their lives. ;-)


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Subject: RE: Midsomer Murders does Folk Music
From: EBarnacle
Date: 17 May 20 - 09:58 PM

He and his cousin seem to be real Jessica Fletchers.


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Subject: RE: Midsomer Murders does Folk Music
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 18 May 20 - 02:47 AM

They can't flee. They are in lockdown.

Unlike the Archers who seem to have abandoned Ambridge for their second homes. I wonder what could attract them back?

I've got it. The ignored until now Ambridge Folk Festival!


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Subject: RE: Midsomer Murders does Folk Music
From: Tony Rees
Date: 18 May 20 - 03:09 PM

Yes, relocated (under great protest from the residents) from the village of Lower Crosby...


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Subject: RE: Midsomer Murders does Folk Music
From: GUEST,Malcolm Storey
Date: 21 May 20 - 02:56 PM

I don't know whether folk festivals make money - how could I?
I do know that some at least have full time staff and paid specialists apart from the paid guests.
Regards folk in fictional programmes, I steer clear of those bits - they are usually wildly inaccurate and poorly done - eg a recent Endeavour rerun set in a village of decided oddballs with wierd customs.


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Subject: RE: Midsomer Murders does Folk Music
From: Mo the caller
Date: 21 May 20 - 04:00 PM

"decided oddballs with wierd customs"

No-one we know then!!

I suspect that a lot of folkies are not completely at home in what passes for 'normal society'.


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Subject: RE: Midsomer Murders does Folk Music
From: EBarnacle
Date: 22 May 20 - 12:17 AM

Morris dancers, perhaps?


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Subject: RE: Midsomer Murders does Folk Music
From: GUEST,Malcolm Storey
Date: 22 May 20 - 12:13 PM

Barny
It was worse than that!
Made an average Morris team look positively balletic.

Mo
In less than a million words please define normal - it's like reality programmes - stick somebody in front of a camera and they cease to be real or "normal" in any sense.


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Subject: RE: Midsomer Murders does Folk Music
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 22 May 20 - 02:27 PM

It upholds that old truism. Once something is observed, it changes. Look what happened to folk music when old Cecil came along :-D


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Subject: RE: Midsomer Murders does Folk Music
From: Mrrzy
Date: 23 May 20 - 09:06 PM

Ooh this is tonight's episode!


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