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« Reply #1: 14.12.07 at 14:03 »
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After long and serious consideration of the matter, I prefer your version Pete.
 
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« Reply #2: 15.12.07 at 10:28 »
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on 13.12.07 at 23:20, Pete Atkin wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MoSLCnj07A

 
Oh dear! And have you heard his Leadbelly interpretation?
 
(I hope I'm not inadvertently offending a member of this group but I suppose there's a reasonable probability that the performer is indeed reading this right now in which case, thanks for promoting Pete's name, and do introduce yourself).
 
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« Reply #3: 15.12.07 at 14:07 »
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Glad to know I'm not the only one to forget the words when covering Pete's songs! Unless 'bugger' is actually a part of the lyric to BOTBS and I've missed it all these years...
 
On the subject of YouTube, this link http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=umlXG8x9je4 takes you to a clip shot at the open folk session at The Stag in Hastings old town last Tuesday. It's a bit dark and the audio quality isn't great, but it gives a feel of what is invariably  good night out on Tuesday evenings if you're within striking distance of Hastings. All are welcome. Yours truly makes a cameo on soprano sax about half way through.  
 
The sax does occasionally raise some eyebrows amongst the Folk Police, but hey, Blowzabella went out with three of them on their recent tour!
 
Season's greetings.
 
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« Reply #4: 15.12.07 at 21:08 »
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on 15.12.07 at 14:07, Gerry Smith wrote:
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The sax does occasionally raise some eyebrows amongst the Folk Police, but hey, Blowzabella went out with three of them on their recent tour!
 
Season's greetings.
 
Gerry
 

I, for one,  have nothing a gainst in a folk setting. Saxophonist Tim Garland and poet and guitarist Don Paterson founded a group called Lammasin which the folk steeped  multi-instrumentalist Stefan Hannigan,  mainly with flute, [/url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhr%C3%A1n]bodhran[/url] and [ur=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uilleann_Pipes]uillean pipe[/url] contributions, played no small part.  
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« Reply #5: 15.12.07 at 21:37 »
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on 15.12.07 at 14:07, Gerry Smith wrote:
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The sax does occasionally raise some eyebrows amongst the Folk Police, but hey, Blowzabella went out with three of them on their recent tour!
 
Season's greetings.
 
Gerry
 

 
Hi Gerry,
 
I, for one, have nothing against the sax in a folk setting. Saxophonist Tim Garland and poet and guitarist Don Paterson founded a group called Lammas in which the folk steeped  multi-instrumentalist Stefan Hannigan, mainly with flute, bodhran and uillean pipe contributions, played no small part.  
 
I’m not saying the music that Lammas played was pure folk – it was not pure jazz either – but it was just too interesting to listen to for me to be bothered too how much about what label it was being given. Anyone who has listened to them separately might justifiably think that the combination uillean pipes and saxophone is unlikely to work, but they'd be wrong. In the hands of master musicians like Hannigan and Garland, it’s a pairing that is a treat to listen to.  
 
The album which Lammas recorded before breaking up, Sea Changes is still readily available.  You certainly won't want to buy it on my recommendation, so I suggest you try your local libraries. My library as not got a copy of that, but it does have a copy Lammas's penultimate outing, Sourcebook, which means librarians do know about Lammas. And rememember, if you do decide to look,  it could be filed under folk or jazz, depending on just how well the music librarian knows his or her stuff.
 
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Tim Garland, who wrote quite a bit of Lammas's material, once told me that one of the reasons that that he was very anxious to have Stefan Hannigan in the group, was that Stefan had the kind of timing that came from playing music people could dance to.  
 
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« Reply #6: 16.12.07 at 00:10 »
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Hi Kevin
 
I have heard many good things said of Lammas. I don't recall hearing anything they've done but will indeed seek out their recordings.  
 
Interesting too that you should highlight the sometimes fuzzy boundary between folk and jazz. Some of the tunes that tend to get played at the Hastings session often migrate decidedly to a jazz feel depending on the instrumentation of the particular evening.  Needless to say, this raises the other eyebrow of the Folk Police and to some extent explains the prejudice that may folk purists seem to have toward the instrument.  
 
The session at The Stag is sometimes blessed with the appearance of a fine player of the uillean pipes and indeed, in consort with my soprano sax, plus fiddles, whistles and so on, makes for a startling good ensemble.  
 
I also play the sop sax (and low and high D whistles) with The Weald of Kent Morris - you'd be amazed at the contretemps this has caused among some members of  the Side, at least one of whom resigned over it! I only joined because they were desperate for musicians!
 
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