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Thread #62134 Message #1004154
Posted By: Mary Humphreys
18-Aug-03 - 02:19 PM
Thread Name: how do you prepare to sing?
Subject: RE: how do you prepare to sing?
Excuse me for reminding this forum that we are talking about folk song not opera.
Traditional folk singers such as my Welsh grandmother never had any classical training, so the comments, though worthy, posted above would have had no relevance to her. She never sang to a large audience , but only to her own friends and family. This was the norm for many folk musicians/ singers so they never had the need to look at vocal techniques to hit the back wall of the Festspielhaus Bayreuth for three hours at a stretch.
Many recordings of traditional singers were done in a pub sing-around ( Percy Webb springs to mind ) or in singers' own homes by collectors. In pub sing-arounds the singers would do one or at most 2 songs and give way to another singer. Standing up for 45 minutes in a club and performing non-stop to a large audience is rather a new venture in folk-song terms ( bearing in mind that folk song has been around for hundreds of years....)