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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2016 10:22 p.m. PST

They suck the joy out of the music they are performing.

Case in example,
An old Irish dittie: Tá mo Chleamhnas Déanta
I first ran across it as a Chieftains collaboration with Van Morrison.
YouTube link
It's catchy. The tenor sings in Irish, then Van Morrison and Mary Black chime in, with lyrics that make me smile. I love it.
However… Search on YouTube alternate singers. Altan make it sound like a funeral dirge, and some old white haired broad sings it like the Sassenach are burning her hut.
They may be more "authentic", but sheesh…. Lighten up.

And then there is Ewan McColl. Cough cough. My God, that man couldn't carry a tune in a bucket, and he's a Commie to boot. Good thing he had the Clancy Brothers and Dubliners and Pogues to sing his stuff. BTW, he's the original doofus to hate Bob Dylan for using electric guitars.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2016 10:23 p.m. PST

To sum it up, if you have to be a Commie, at least be able to sing.

Andrew Preziosi Supporting Member of TMP05 Aug 2016 4:44 a.m. PST

I hate "authentic Communista Ffolke soingers" too…I wish soingers had never been born in the first place!

Coelacanth05 Aug 2016 5:31 a.m. PST

The correct term is "filk soingers".


Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP05 Aug 2016 6:02 a.m. PST

I was going to ask Dear Editor to fix the spelliong in the title, but it's kind of late now. grin

Andrew Preziosi Supporting Member of TMP05 Aug 2016 8:11 a.m. PST

It'll be a loing time before we can fix this wreck!

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP05 Aug 2016 8:25 a.m. PST

Nuke it and start over in a few months?
I'll still feel the same way. grin

Streitax Inactive Member05 Aug 2016 10:31 a.m. PST

Amen to the OP

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member07 Aug 2016 1:39 p.m. PST

I keep seeing Winston as Bluto in Animal House, breaking the earnest folksinger's guitar!

Lee Brilleaux Fezian Inactive Member07 Aug 2016 8:26 p.m. PST

I once played at a folk night in a communist club.

The good humour quotient was not high. Nor, indeed, was the acclaim I received.

In fairness to myself, I'll say it was hard to stand up and provide quality entertainment with a bunch of hardline Stalinists staring at me accusingly.

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2016 2:36 a.m. PST
Old Wolfman08 Aug 2016 6:48 a.m. PST

Tom Lehrer had a number about that,"The Folk Song Army"

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2016 8:25 a.m. PST

Senor Squint. Maybe it was the Trotskyist songs you were singing.
Didn't anybody warn you about ABBA?

Lee Brilleaux Fezian Inactive Member08 Aug 2016 12:44 p.m. PST

At that time my friends and I were performing what is best thought of as Appalachian punk, being old timey Americana played fast and without any skill. I suspect we needed a mine disaster song, ideally with a chorus pointing out the callous venality of the coal company. Which is 'all of them', as is only right.

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