Laurie Lee et al. in Toledo - 1935

from As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, pages 113-114:

We ate supper and drank, and as the evening darkened, Roy coughed and began to sing, croaking the corny laments and border ballads that were near to his expatriate heart. His voice was blurred as usual, and rough as a sailor’s, yet deeply charged with feeling; more than that, he sang with a poet’s care, renewing the worn, familiar words. ‘Scots Wa Hae’, ‘The Bonnie Earl of Murray’, sounded as if they’d just been written - with the blood of the slain still wet. To me, until then, they’d just been songs of the schoolroom, now I heard them fresh and bitter, while Roy sat with…   more >>
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Laurie Lee, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (Harmondsworth, 1974), p. 113-114. accessed: 22 June, 2024

location of experience: Toledo


Laurie Lee
Roy Campbell

Listening to

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Castilian folk songs
Scots Wa' Hae performed by Roy Campbell
The Bonnie Earl of Murray performed by Roy Campbell

Experience Information

Date/Time 1935
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, outdoors

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Fri, 04 Jul 2014 18:28:45 +0100