Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Imelda in the Times

It was nice to open up the Times today and see a picture and review of Imelda May at the recent Cambridge Folk Festval. Just a shame to reviewer, Stephen Dalton, wasn't a bit more upbeat. He described the festival in general as "a generally pleasant weekend, but hardly a persuasive advert for folk music as a living, breathing, relevant musical force."

That didn't bother me, but I was a bit disappointed to read further on that "even award-winning young stars of the folk scene, such as the English minstrel Jim Moray and the Irish retro-jazz rockabilly chanteuse Imelda May displayed more energy than originality." Not sure after all this time, how original you can be in the confines of rockabilly and folk. If you venture too far then it just ain't rockabilly (or folk).

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