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What would be the British equivalent of the music you play?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:45 am
by Charlie
email from Anna Hocking, Steep, Petersfield, Hants.

Dear Charlie Gillett,

If you had to make an equivalent representative selection of music for the UK, as you have made in this programme of Russian music, what would you choose? Are we too 'global', have we lost a representative voice or sound of our country, for it to be possible?

I really enjoy your programme, most particularly when you play music from the Indian sub-continent and Tibet.

With good wishes, Anna

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CG reply:

Very good question, Anna

Limiting the selection to artists currently performing and/or making records:

Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara
Saltpeter
Son of Dave (actually Canadian, but based here for long enough to qualify)
Pama International
Kadialy Kouyate & Kike Pederson

Who else does the panel suggest?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 5:16 pm
by Des
Doesn't Anna mean a music that reflects the UK's roots traditions? In which case Mr Anderson may have something to add.

PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 5:54 pm
by Con Murphy
Des wrote:Doesn't Anna mean a music that reflects the UK's roots traditions? In which case Mr Anderson may have something to add.


That was kind of my interpretation (I thought she meant identifiably-British rather than particularly roots-based), to wit here's my hastily-cobbled list of British replacements (I'm sure it can be bettered):-

‘Abdul Abulbul Amir’ - a version of ‘Little Musgrave’ (somebody else better placed can recommend which one)
Ersatzmusika - Bellowhead
Kilisakh - Rachel Unthank and The Winterset
Zulya - Eliza Carthy
Iva Nova - New Young Pony Club
Snegopardy - The Kaiser Chiefs
Volga - Goldfrapp.

PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:09 pm
by That Was Jonathan E. Then
Petersfield! Once upon a time my home town! We lived there almost from my birth to when I was about 13 with occasional stretches abroad and then being sent off to ghastly boarding schools. Some of my fondest memories of England are from that town. And when we were there we listened to The Beatles! And Manfred Mann! And The Swinging Blue Jeans! And The Dave Clarke Five! Etc. etc. etc.

Sorry about the almost completely irrelevant posting. I just got excited.

PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:32 pm
by Charlie
Con Murphy wrote: here's my hastily-cobbled list of British replacements (I'm sure it can be bettered):-

‘Abdul Abulbul Amir’ - a version of ‘Little Musgrave’ (somebody else better placed can recommend which one)
Ersatzmusika - Bellowhead
Kilisakh - Rachel Unthank and The Winterset
Zulya - Eliza Carthy
Iva Nova - New Young Pony Club
Snegopardy - The Kaiser Chiefs
Volga - Goldfrapp.

Very nice Con-cept.

But the critical difference is in the singing - wonderful in the case of Ersatzmusika, awkward in the case of Bellowhead. I would make similar grumbles about the next two names in your list.

Volga's lyrics are all drawn from traditional Siberian songs, whereas Goldfrapp, while being instrumentally comparable, use conventional lyrics.

PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:47 pm
by Charlie
Des wrote:Doesn't Anna mean a music that reflects the UK's roots traditions?

Anna didn't specify roots traditions and I've never felt tied to them.

I assumed she was asking literally, what are the UK equivalents of both the music I usually play and the tracks in that Russian programme, which range from accordions (Iva Nova) to electronica (Volga).

It's a big field, but not many Brit pop artists risk getting their boots muddy.