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Liverpool Lyrics - The Book - The Dots! is a book that has been a long time in the making, and that’s not just a reference to the time it has taken both editors to complete it, but the fact is, the world of folk music on Merseyside needs this book, and here’s why…
In the 60s, the two giants, the Liverpool Spinners and Jacqui and Bridie (that makes seven giants but we’re talking about their respective units!) had their own folk song books; other writers and performers published their works, too including of course the late Pete ‘In my Liverpool Home’ McGovern, (RIP Pete), the singular genius that is Stan Kelly-Bootle, and more; but time has moved on. Nowadays both the Spinners and Jacqui and Bridie song books are hard to come by, not impossible of course, but not readily on the shelves any longer. Plus, for someone wanting now to pay tribute to the best songs and indirectly the best exponents of Merseyside folk from the 1960s folk boom, a book is needed which brings together the best of the songs from the era, maybe not the respective entire back-catalogues of the best known artistes, as tempting as that may be, but - the best and the most well known songs, although we would hope these last two aspects are synonymous!
As well as songs which were newly written in the late 50s and 60s, it cannot be forgotten that many traditional folk songs were repopularised during the folk boom, and we include a few of these too.
We hope the book allows older folk fans to reacquaint themselves with the songs they may have last heard in a club setting where the audience actually dutifully listened, but then on cue (usually from Tony Davis), joined in the more gustier and lustier of the verses. We also hope the songs find a new younger audience, and in time more than that - new performers, both of these golden oldies but of new songs new performers and writers have been inspired to write and sing. But more than this - we would like to do our part in respect of the very essence that is folk; yes, of course the sound is more rustic, but its total definition does not just mean someone yodelling the Wild Rover in a bar on Slater Street in 1959 and then that’s it - folk music is more music that is passed on from generation to generation, formally by sheet music and books, informally by blagged sheet music and books! Or by word of mouth: “‘Ow’s that go, lad? Is Darra C or a C7 der, or wha’? Augmented 7th wha’!!? Sod off, just chuck a C in there, that’ll do.’ This is our ‘passing it on’, and we hope you benefit from the book and then pass the music on yourselves.
So, here we are then. Liverpool Lyrics - The Book - The Dots!
(PS : Those who have added the total members up of the Spinners and Jacqui and Bridie and got 6, we’re including the Spinners’ bass player, so there.)
Gerry Jones and John Haines, April 2012 - Merseyside
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