Docs about Music

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In Search of the English Folk Song

Film Review by Dean Duncan May 26, 2015

The director of those long ago ground-breaking BBC docs is in ample evidence here. So is the director of all those lunatical late 60’s/70’s provocations. Not so much the art-pornographer with pretensions that followed. There’s an appealing picaresque quality to the various episodes of this program. Russell—very front and centre, and a really pleasing presence—wonders, and there’s variety unto excess. And yet it all comes together to say or support the same thing. June Tabor (!) and that one plain fellow in his beautifully appointed little studio are amazing. The local, rooted in geography and history, is all.