The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #44136   Message #648043
Posted By: bradfordian
12-Feb-02 - 08:25 AM
Thread Name: English Folk: Harmony Singing
Subject: RE: English Folk: Harmony Singing
I (reluctantly) sing as an unaccompanied soloist because in the folk world that's the easiest thing to do. One person in control, follow in the tradition of the minstrel etc. But creating harmonies extends the entertainment/enjoyment to many (maybe not all) listeners. I would like to be part of a small folk harmony group (I am a member of a male voice choir - which has a lot less freedom to be interpretive, but nevertheless sounds brilliant). I love to hear such groups (in the Uk) as Coope Boyes & Simpson, Artisan, Regal Slip, Notts Alliance & the (now defunct, i believe) Voice Squad from Ireland. In groups there is less emphasis on the individual, although each persons contribution can be crucial, and I think that a few more people would be encouraged to have a go than if they had to sing on their own. Variety, flexibility, hell we put up with electric guitars didn't we?