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Two Bold Singermen and the English Folk Revival - The Lives, Song Traditions and Legacies of Sam Larner and Harry Cox - Bruce Lindsay
Bruce Lindsay [+]
Music Journalist and Social Historian
The second folk revival brought belated but genuine popularity for Harry and Sam, enabling them to emerge in the ‘professional’ performance sphere created by the growth of folk clubs and other folk-friendly venues. The young folk fans who came to the genre through the political and social movements of the late 1950s welcomed the two Norfolk singers into the wider community and for a few brief years they performed in London and around the country. Ewan MacColl’s Ballads and Blues club, possibly the best known of the new folk clubs, booked Harry and Sam and a visit to the club when Larner was singing changed forever the life of a young Martin Carthy. When American singers came to London, they, too, experienced the unaccompanied singing styles epitomised by Harry and Sam. BBC television came to Norfolk in 1962 to interview both men, separately, for a special programme in which they sang and told tales of their younger lives.