But you can’t take the north out of the boy, as I heard today while listening to an interview with Graham Nash on the Danny Baker Show podcast. Despite living in the US for so long, behind the mid-Atlantic accent there lurks the Lancastrian vowel shifts of his native Blackpool.
It’s a strange mix and not one necessarily confined to someone who has made it big in the States. If you close your eyes, he sounds not unlike the ageing Sheffield lothario,
Yorkshire Pudding Peter Stringfellow.
It’s reassuring, in a way, to realise that I’m not the only one stuck with flat vowels!