Two Bold Singermen and the English Folk Revival - The Lives, Song Traditions and Legacies of Sam Larner and Harry Cox - Bruce Lindsay

Two Bold Singermen and the English Folk Revival - The Lives, Song Traditions and Legacies of Sam Larner and Harry Cox - Bruce Lindsay

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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
Bruce Lindsay is a freelance music journalist and social history researcher writing for All About Jazz and Jazz Journal. He has been a semi-professional guitarist and bassist, and a regular performer at open mic nights and folk sessions across East Anglia. He is the author of Shellac and Swing: A Social History of the Gramophone in Britain (Fonthill Media, 2020) and Two Bold Singermen and the English Folk Revival: The Lives, Song Traditions and Legacies of Sam Larner and Harry Cox (Equinox, 2020) .

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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.

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Lindsay, Bruce. On the Road. Two Bold Singermen and the English Folk Revival - The Lives, Song Traditions and Legacies of Sam Larner and Harry Cox. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 123-140 Oct 2020. ISBN 9781781799178. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=38557. Date accessed: 15 Apr 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38557. Oct 2020

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