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Thread #44136   Message #652971
Posted By: Nemesis
18-Feb-02 - 06:53 PM
Thread Name: English Folk: Harmony Singing
Subject: RE: English Folk: Harmony Singing
It's a bit further up the threads now but can anyone advise further about Dave Webber and Anni Fentiman and workshops they might be running? I sing in a 3-part trio 1 tune singer (tenor), 1 alto, 1 soprano (both doing harmonies usually 3rds and 5ths (I think :) around the tune - yes, 'fraid we do do harmonies during the chorus :)

We have taken inspiration from Swan Arcade, the Watersons, Young Tradition, etc (still struggling with Coope, Boyes and Simpson - who are playing at the Royal, Lewes, Sussex on March 7th) but oddly enough although we are using a reasonably strict almost choral/classical approach to our arrangements were uninspired by Artisan - who (apparently) use the same technical approach( Good songs and Hilary Spencer is a personal singing hero of mine though - only one lung! What a singer!) which come across to me as very mannered. Ditto - Cockersdale whom I saw recently (altho' pleading exhaustion on this particular night - which doesn't always make for unambivalent listening) I thought that aside from a couple of songs they were just plain boring - although it is very interesting listening to varieties of harmony singing: I have reappraised my intial shock-horror listening to the Watersons and realised they do some great stuff albeit in a 'raw' fashion. Personal taste presumably? (Although I don't have sufficient technical knowledge to analyse what it is that might be appealing/unappealing about different groups - as a beginner at this game I find appeal (personally) is a lot to do with drive and timing (oh, and song message)