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Thread #138630   Message #3173602
Posted By: michaelr
20-Jun-11 - 09:01 PM
Thread Name: John Barleycorn deconstructed - Finest Kind
Subject: RE: John Barleycorn deconstructed
No comments?

I'm interested in what I (for lack of understanding) call "English" harmony, as evident in the video. I hear similar harmonies in the singing of, for example, Silly Sisters - not the thirds and fifths we're used to hearing from pop and contemporary folk songs, but what? Are they singing fourths? sixths?

There is less prettiness and more tension, seeming to me to hark back to madrigals maybe. I'd appreciate if someone could shed some light on the theory behind that sound.

Cheers,
Michael