Songs of Love, Lust and Seduction
Experiences of love, gained and lost, of lechery and seduction and of
nostalgia and regret over such experiences are universal and are reflected
in the lasting popularity of folk songs describing these experiences
in just about every culture with a musical tradition. Many of these songs
speak directly to our own individual experience or dreams regardless
of their age or cultural background, hence their continuing popularity.
In this workshop we will collectively recall, discuss and, above all,
sing as many of these songs as we can fit into the alloted time with
an emphasis on those traditional songs which still speak to us personally
Born and raised between the U.K. cities of Manchester
and Liverpool Malcolm grew up singing the industrial and sea songs
of his home area,
picking up ballads and music-hall songs from his Irish Grandfather and
Romany Grandmother and rebel and Union songs at the knee of his Socialist
Dropping out of school at age 15, Malcolm worked in coalmines and high steel
construction for 10 years before winning a Scholarship to Oxford in
1964.There he became a resident singer at the University Folk Club,
Heritage, alongside fellow residents Louis Killen, June Tabor, Tony Rose,
Peta Webb, etc.
Following a career spent almost entirely overseas Malcolm retired
early to the Santa Cruz Mountains, spends two or three months most years
in the U.K.
singing at the Clubs and Festivals there and the rest of his time singing
wherever he gets the opportunity, mainly on the West coast of this country.