Jon reminisces, “I spent many years asking every singer I met it they knew ‘The Fish And Chip Song’ after hearing it many times at the Colpitts in Durham sung by John from Derbyshire. Eventually, I heard it by chance sitting in Fay’s student house with a Keith Kendrick CD on in the background. The poem was written partly as a celebration of Derbyshire dialect so I am on very shaky ground bastardising the language and what with my southern pronunciation… It’s still such a beautiful song regardless, I really feel it needs to be sung and if you can’t pull the original off (no chance for me) then an RP version will have to do. Please check out Keith’s original Derbyshire version though, I think it’s on Home Ground on Fellside.” I can confirm the CD, which is still available on Fellside and very good it is too. Keith accompanies himself on English concertina on his version and in the CD booklet describes it as “Originally a poem written along similar lines to the theme of Where Do You Go To MY Lovely? By Peter Sarstedt, but much earlier (early fifties I think) reflecting life in the mining towns of North East Derbyshire by one Lal Wood. The tune was added later by dialect historian and dear old buddy, the late Richard Scollins.” This is another case where Jon’s guitar and vocal delivery seem to get to the core of the wistful sadness at the heart of the song that acquires a new and genuine tenderness , which quite brought a lump to my throat. I can imagine this performance creating pin drop silence and… “Yes of course I’m alright, I’ve just got something in my eye.”
The buy links should now work properly. We had some problems with a duplicate track and everything needed to be updated, but I’ve just tested them and they are now OK!
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