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Dusty Springfield my lagan love 1967

it's harder to pick out kate bush's influences than with other people because her talent is so evolved and transformative, but here's dusty doing an irish folk song kate herself covered -'my lagan love'. it was hidden on a b side( of the 12 inch of 'the hounds of love'. it's in the big box set). in kate's case, for me any way, it appeared to be an homage to another phenomenal irish woman( you get that they're irish, right, even though they lived and worked in england? kate's brother's name is paddy.... we just are more talented with the music and drinking then you all anglo-saxon crackers) sandy denny who, with fairport convention, specifically went out and studied at a folklore institute the folk songs of england and it's assorted celtic possessions. they made a stunning record called 'leige and lief' in which they attempted to do modern versions of what was their musical heritage-unrecorded songs that were passed on by ear for generations. sandy was able to hone these songs, leaving behind near razor sharp glittering daggers of tunes. kate thanks her on ' blown away'. i had no idea dusty covered this song.

dusty is the woman who brought motown, via her tv show, to england. it changed music there forever. she is rarely given credit for it. instead of being merely a chick singer, a role woman are still hammered into to this day , dusty arranged her own music with a stunning precision that the pet shop boys noted when they recorded with her. she would break a song down to syllables and arrange them in the most efficacious manner. they were stunned. i'm stunned by finding this little snippet.

real ' folk' music isn't what you think it is and if you can't hear dusty and sandy in kate you need to educate yourself, particularly if you are of celt extraction. it is who you are and no amount of multicultural layering of other people's stuff is going to transform your blood into something it was not born to.

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That has always been one of my very favorite songs. My grandfather used to sing it to me when I was a mere babe.

no amount of multicultural layering of other people's stuff is going to transform your blood into something it was not born to.

Very true indeed.

kate's version is very sparse. i have been working on a compilation cd of such things mostly by women and i intended on sending you a copy if you wanted it.the kate version is on this.

i've been very pissed off about music and going out lately hence all the youtube posts. it infuriates me to no end that those who offer themselves up as djs in a certain genre have no fucking sense of the past theyre professing to be heir to. if dusty were here she'd beat some sense into them with her big fucking hair...

For the folksie side...

Too bad folk got automatically assigned a hippie, dirty label...this music was as much about harmony and musicianship as anything else...

yeah i was aware of the springfields- it's like the peter paul and mary, kingston trio in america at the time. this is the stuff dylan was trying to break from when he went electric and horrified them all. real folk music sounds nothing like this which has renderd acceptable and without accents for the pacified western european still stuck in the 1950s consumption.it's not that dusty doesnt sound fucking great and have a fab voice- the material has been sterilized.

what i like about her ' lagan love' is, as she intros it, it closer to REAL folk music- the oral history and transferance thereof - that the wonderbread folk popularized in america was indeed derived from. fairport convention went back and studied old books and transcribed oral histories and than performed the songs. none of them unfortunately are on youtube. sandy had a voice to be reckoned with( she's the woman singing in back of robert plant on' battle of evermore. she was his and elton john's favorite female vocalist) and its at it's best on these centuries old songs.

you can hear hints of scottish and irish intoned prnounciations of words in black blues music from the 20s( memphis minnie calls ghosts "' haints"-a word you'd only find coming out of a british isle's celt.) this is because blues was influenced by country music and amercan country music is desrived from ancient celtic oral song tradition.

'i will strike the very next blow/ and i'll kill you if i can'

here's the astounding ' matty groves' but not with sandy denny-but it is very close to the original fairport version and that is indeed richard thompson, an amazing guitar player and a sufi to boot..i do not know who the woman is.

i could do without the faint ska beat someone is trying to inject in the beginning...


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