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|Saturday, November 08 2003 Duration: 4:00|
|The Jake Thackray on-line
community sung Jake's songs and generally celebrated the
life of the great man in Woolwich on 8 November. With 12-13 singers and
up to 40-odd songs. Unforgettable night for
lovers of the man.
After a Friday night informal get-together, the Fest started in the afternoon with a meeting, to chat and to listen to some Jake recordings.
With the kind and efficient help of Terry Grant, who we'd met in June at The Crespières Générations Brassens Festival, PASSAGE was there.
It's clear that no Jake lover is indifferent to Georges Brassens.
We found there a very active and well organized group, eager to know more of Georges and adapt him in English.
An excellent show (though second guitars and double-bass would have brought a plus). A very reactive audience. Among these talentuous performers, 3 sung adaptations of Georges.
There is a breeding-ground for future events. This group is full of singers and adapters, delivering very high level English lyrics, like Sarah Willans (author of In the clear mountain stream, splendid adaptation of Dans l'eau de la claire fontaine). Jake is difficult to French ears, as his language is so rich and subtle, far beyond from English as learnt at school. Besides, as we can hear on extracts, his musical approach is puzzling. But this friend of Georges and his followers should join all those working to make Georges better known outside France. Our job is to make room to them.
Good news : this group is now in contact with Colin Evans, a man we can trust to preach Brassens better than anybody else on his side of the Channel.
|Ian Burdon sung his own
La guerre de 14-18
The 14-18 War
Though Ian sung those for the first time, they really pleased the audience.
|Paul Thomson sung the
Jake's unforgettable adaptation of Le gorille
introducing a personal joke by adding
'Who's in the audience' (she was)
'But my mother ...'.
A remarkable interpretation, both personal and true to Jake... and Georges.
|Keith Chappell and Frankie
made a talented duet of
Over to Isobel
Jake's superb adaptation of
J'irai rejoindre ma belle