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Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction

GUEST,CS 31 Mar 10 - 01:01 PM
GUEST,CS 31 Mar 10 - 01:08 PM
GUEST,HiLo 31 Mar 10 - 01:50 PM
VirginiaTam 31 Mar 10 - 01:55 PM
Tradsinger 31 Mar 10 - 02:02 PM
GUEST,CS 31 Mar 10 - 02:05 PM
GUEST,Banjiman 31 Mar 10 - 02:11 PM
VirginiaTam 31 Mar 10 - 02:50 PM
GUEST,CS 31 Mar 10 - 03:07 PM
GUEST,CS 31 Mar 10 - 03:16 PM
Brian Peters 31 Mar 10 - 03:30 PM
VirginiaTam 31 Mar 10 - 04:19 PM
Joe Offer 31 Mar 10 - 04:23 PM
Bat Goddess 31 Mar 10 - 04:29 PM
GUEST,Crowsister 31 Mar 10 - 04:34 PM
GUEST,Goodnight Gracie 31 Mar 10 - 04:38 PM
GUEST,David E. 31 Mar 10 - 04:39 PM
Steve Gardham 31 Mar 10 - 04:51 PM
Reinhard 31 Mar 10 - 05:06 PM
treewind 31 Mar 10 - 05:12 PM
Susanne (skw) 31 Mar 10 - 05:16 PM
Young Buchan 31 Mar 10 - 05:29 PM
Anne Neilson 31 Mar 10 - 05:32 PM
GUEST,buddhuu 31 Mar 10 - 05:36 PM
Joe Offer 31 Mar 10 - 05:46 PM
melodeonboy 31 Mar 10 - 05:49 PM
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Janie 31 Mar 10 - 06:09 PM
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Subject: characterful & individualistic femmes?
From: GUEST,CS
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 01:01 PM

Couldn't fit thread title in stupid titchy box! Thought it was about time we had a thread celebrating female voices of distinction?

Characterful and Individualistic Female Voices in Folk Please.

Examples and YouTubes if possible, plus why you think they should be on a thread like this?


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Subject: RE: characterful & individualistic femmes?
From: GUEST,CS
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 01:08 PM

Mod: maybe you could re-title to something like "Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction"?

DONE!!


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 01:50 PM

June Tabor, Frankie Armstrong,Maddy Prior, Norma Waterson, Eliza Carthy, Sandy Denny, Joan Baez..there are a lot more but these are a few of the best, and oh yes, Delores Keane.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 01:55 PM

delightfully funky Devon Sproule

She is kicky and fun in this song. Performed on Jools Holland and at Cambridge Folk festival.   

Haunting Haruko   

Love how sounds of her activities and outdoors punctuate this song. Gives it that authentic ring, and echoes sounds that would be heard when trad songs were sung to the work being done.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Tradsinger
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 02:02 PM

Sheila Kay Adams, Colleen Cleveland, Angela Brazil, Phoebe Smith, Jean Orchard, Vera Aspley.

Give me time, I'll think of more.

Tradsinger


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,CS
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 02:05 PM

A quick request to posters to this thread before it turns into a thread of lists!

It'd be so much more interesting if you'd offer *examples* of these women's singing if possible, but at the least a description or reason as to why you dig them?


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,Banjiman
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 02:11 PM

My Better Half : The Cruel Mother

None of your soft breathy stuff here!


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 02:50 PM

CS -   I need to PM you about this thread which has sidelined the idea I posted in your other current female folk thread.

Could you please ask a mod to help you get your identity back?


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,CS
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 03:07 PM

There's no reason why you can't create a sister thread for female singer/songwriters as it's a different topic. I'll sort the other thing.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,CS
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 03:16 PM

In response to requests on the other 'girly' thread:

Subject: RE: Weak Breathy Girly Vocals in Folk?
From: matt milton
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 04:00 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCuurQzR1iU&feature=related

here's some footage of Cath Tyler. She's a proper singer.

***

Subject: RE: Weak Breathy Girly Vocals in Folk?
From: Burton Coggles
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 05:00 AM

CS - Gimme some woman with attitude pleeze ;-)

I've posted this before but why not again: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2QVUo7QOmU

There ya go!

Pete.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Brian Peters
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 03:30 PM

Ray Fisher:
Willie's Fatal Visit
The Pressers

Sylvia Barnes

No time to do more just now.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 04:19 PM

Thanks Brian - my new idol is Ray Fisher.   Wonderful stuff.

Miller of Drone is energetic. Pity this and other youtube video of Sylvania from Cheltenham festival were difficult to hear words due to echo in the hall.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Joe Offer
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 04:23 PM

Crow Sister, please e-mail me about resetting your Mudcat Cookie. I tried to e-mail your password to you, but the name and e-mail address on your Mudcat registration were bogus.
In the meantime, you should be posting as a Guest with the name "Crow Sister," not "CS" or anything else.
Thank you.

-Joe Offer-
joe@mudcat.org


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 04:29 PM

Frankie Armstrong!!!

Tarry Trousers

Maid On the Shore


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,Crowsister
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 04:34 PM

I tried to e-mail your password to you, but the name and e-mail address on your Mudcat registration were bogus.
In the meantime, you should be posting as a Guest with the name "Crow Sister," not "CS" or anything else.
Thank you.



Thanks Joe, but I didn't actually ask you to reset my cookie. Also pretty much everyone I know on here refers to me by my ID initials. Sorry if I'm starting too many threads. I'll go away now.
    Whatever. You made a remark in some thread about having cookie problems, so I tried to help you but was thwarted by your bogus membership information. If you're a member or if you're a regular poster, you should be logged in - and your registration should contain a legitimate name and e-mail address. If for some reason you cannot be logged in, then you should be posting with the name you registered with. Trusting the identity of users is a big thing here. It would be good for you to honor that trust.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,Goodnight Gracie
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 04:38 PM

Our own Lisa Null


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,David E.
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 04:39 PM

One of my favorites has always been Jacqui McShee of The Pentangle...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LDoczBnGeI


David E.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 04:51 PM

Already one mention, but Norma Waterson for me every time. I can't put up any singing as I don't know how, but in her glorious 50 years of recording you haven't come across her, where have you been?


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Reinhard
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 05:06 PM

Norma Waterson sings Movin' On.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: treewind
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 05:12 PM

OK, I'm biased but...
Mary Humphreys (take your pick of You Tube videos, make sure you get the singing ones)


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 05:16 PM

Norma Waterson again, Jean Redpath, Gordeanna McCullough, Heather Heywood, and don't forget Ray's little sister, Cilla Fisher! Actually, almost anybody from the 'Scots Women' double CD.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Young Buchan
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 05:29 PM

The Obvious: Jeannie Robertson/Lizzie Higgins, Belle Stewart/Sheila Stewart, Phoebe Smith (already nominated by Tradsinger), Sheila Turriff
The Slightly Less Obvious:Lucy Stewart, Carolyn Hughes
Qualification: ability to wring every bit of meaning and every bit of emotion from any ballad you care to mention.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Anne Neilson
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 05:32 PM

And who could ignore Chris Coe - heart and soul in every thing she sings!


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,buddhuu
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 05:36 PM

Buffy Saint Marie

Maura O'Connell - Her version of "Maggie" with De Dannan blows me away.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Joe Offer
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 05:46 PM

I've had a major crush on Janet Russell since I saw her at Whitby several years ago. I could also develop major crushes on Debra Cowan and Judy Cook, but don't tell them...


I really love the singing of Geordeanna McCullough, and I really ought to mention Jean Redpath. And yes, Ray Fisher is absolutely wonderful.

As for American folksingers who actually make many, I'd be remiss if I don't mention Iris Dement and Michelle Shocked. Oh, and Tish Hinojosa and Nanci Griffith.

But for me, the Holy Trinity of American folksinging women are Anne Hills, Cindy Mangsen, and Priscilla Herdman. But then, how could I forget Sally Rogers and Carla Sciaky?

And she may be 95, but Faith Petric can still belt out a song - and I have always enjoyed the singing of Jean Ritchie.

Come to think of it, there are lots and lots of others. I could be typing this list all day. I tried to avoid mentioning singers that had already been named, but I see that some people posted some of my favorites while I was typing my list.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: melodeonboy
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 05:49 PM

Come on, you don't honestly think I'm going to let this thread go any further without my mentioning Shirley Collins, do you?


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 05:55 PM

Marta Sebestyen (add diacritical marks to taste). For example, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WYVr-qdAXU


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Janie
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 06:09 PM

Goodnight Gracie, you beat me to it!

You can take a listen to several examples of Lisa's songs here..


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Janie
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 06:14 PM

Elizabeth Laprelle is absolutely wonderful, and absolutely the real deal..

Was thinking of Iris Dement myself, Joe, but was afraid I'd get slammed because she is not "traditional" enough. Glad you did.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,Crowsister
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 06:17 PM

"Trusting the identity of users is a big thing here. It would be good for you to honor that trust."

As I said, I've been using an abbreviation other posters already consistently used for me. No multiple guest identities pretending different personalities going on. Sorry you can't e-mail me like, but as you have my ISP logged, I suppose that's no biggy.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Janie
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 06:21 PM

One of the finest Appalachian singers of all time, in my opinion, is Hazel Dickens.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: SylviaN
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 06:45 PM

And Annie Dearman


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Janie
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 07:08 PM

Crowsister,

While those who are often posting to the same threads as you may know that CS=Crowsister, I did not until Joe posted. I am a frequent poster to Mudcat, and read both above and below the line daily. However, I do not often follow the threads that a quick read reveals it is something that seems to be pretty exclusively about the ins and outs of the UK traditional/folk scene. This thread is of broader interest, however. Mudcat is a large community. I seriously doubt I am the only person on Mudcat that did not understand that "Guest:CS" = Crowsister.

Thanks for this thread, btw, I am greatly enjoying following the links.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Allan C.
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 07:10 PM

A new favorite of mine is Kathy Mattea. You can see her here singing Billy Edd Wheeler's "Redwinged Blackbird". She has a remarkable reserved power in her voice - the sort that lets you know she could rumble the rafters if she chose to do so.

By the way, she will be one of the featured artists at
The Common Ground on the Hill 2010 Festival in Westminster, Maryland. (Follow the link at the bottom of the page to a PDF of the festival poster.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 07:13 PM

Judy Collins: voice still terrific several decades since I first heard her.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,Bigmooth
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 08:28 PM

Anne Murray of Sangsters


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Don Firth
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 08:47 PM

No breathy, little girl voice here.

Alice Stuart.

I've known this gal since she first came into one of Seattle's coffeehouses back around 1961, fresh out of high school. So nervous she was a blur, but when she sang her half-dozens songs, the crowd loved her. She sang a variety of songs, including some things from Joan Baez's records early on, and I gave her some guitar lessons, but I sure didn't teach her what she wound up doing later on!   (Not that I don't like blues, it's just that I stink at it!)

Here she is (CLICKY), looking very much like when I first met her (this is the cover of her first record, 1964).

She ran into Mississippi John Hurt at the 1964 Berkeley Folk Festival and had a chance to pick up some guitar licks from him. She discovered blues, and she went NUTS! And the rest is history!

Bonnie Raitt credits Alice Stuart with breaking the "glass ceiling" for women musicians by being one of the first women to front her own band.

Alice has been on national television, national concert tours, and has been invited to multiple folk festival. She's constantly working. She resides around Seattle.

She's a "take no prisoners" kind of singer!

She's all over YouTube. Here's a start:    Fasten your seat belt!

Don Firth

P. S. Here's Alice's MySpace page:   CLICKY.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Janie
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 10:30 PM

And then there is Alice Gerrard (she and Hazel, as many of you know, were fine together,) and Alice has done a lot of other wonderful music since then. Click on the top link on this google page to hear "Agate Hill", one of my favorite of her more recent songs. Her website offers a sample of one song from each of the many albums she has recorded, solo and with many others.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Suzy T.
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 01:07 AM

Some of these have already been named, but not all:
Frankie Armstrong; Jane Voss; Kate Brislin; Alice Gerrard; Jeanie McLerie (formerly Darlington); Hazel Dickens; Sally Rogers; Jean Ritchie; Claudia Schmidt; Laurel Bliss; Norma Waterson.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 01:27 AM

There was an Irish band called Deanta, now defunct I believe. Their lead singer, Mary Dillon, could make you weak at the knees. Her rendition of "Lone Shanakyle" captured the desolation and fury of the great Irish famine, with "bodies lying pile upon pile"..unforgettable voice.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 03:18 AM

Can't believe no one has mentioned my heroine!

Odetta - singing a Negro "field blues"

Odetta - Gallows Pole

Odetta - Timber, Jerry the Mule

Odetta - She Moved Through the Fair

Odetta - Carry It Home To Rosie

I know some of them are blues but she was considered a folk artist.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: theleveller
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 03:27 AM

Here's Lucy Ward singing Mike Waterson's A stitch in Time,

lucy ward

Lucy has an amazing voice that brought me out in goose bumps the first time I heard her and, for an 18-year old, a brilliant stage presence that has the audience eating out of her hand. Lucy was a finalist in last year's Young Folk Musician awards and, in my opinion, should have won.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Betsy
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 03:44 AM

I'm a great lover of the voices of June Tabor and Maddy Prior , but how Barbara Dickson and Isla St Clare have been missed from this thread is completely beyond me.I think there should also be room for Rosie Hardman.

To hear Barbara Dickson or Maddy sing - without PA /microphones have been the most musically pleasurable in my life.

For those who migh associate these ladies with main stream entertainment I would remind or remark that all four ladies are wonderful exponents of British Traditional Song and music.

Cheers
Betsy


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 03:50 AM

Eileen Pratt


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 03:54 AM

I just had an email back from Graham Pratt. He is going to look into getting some recordings up on youtube. Fingers crossed, maybe we can get some samples of Eileen's voice up. She is absolutely wonderful with a vocal clarity like a striking bell.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Howard Jones
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 04:02 AM

Hilary James


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: JohnnyP
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 04:04 AM

Rosie Hardman?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDDl6RJ-T2U


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,Crowsister
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 04:10 AM

"I just had an email back from Graham Pratt. He is going to look into getting some recordings up on youtube."

Oooh!
I agree Eileen has a really striking and individualistic voice.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,Crowsister
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 04:22 AM

"For those who migh associate these ladies with main stream entertainment"

Absolutely nothing wrong with that Betsy, more power to their elbow I say :)


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 04:35 AM

I hope Graham manages to get Eileen singing The Lark in the Clear Air on to YouTube - she always did a stunning version of it! (And Ned of the Hill)


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: mattkeen
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 04:57 AM

May Bradley

Norma Waterson


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Kevin Sexton
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 05:32 AM

Well, somebody has to put a word in for Margaret Barry !!!
Once you fight your way past the Cork accent, a most distinctive voice and stirring singing. 'My Lagan Love' still makes my spine tingle after nearly 40 years.
But if you like your 'folk' Kate-Rusby-style, then pass on to the next suggestion.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: DebC
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 05:57 AM

Joe Wrote:
I've had a major crush on Janet Russell since I saw her at Whitby several years ago. I could also develop major crushes on Debra Cowan and Judy Cook, but don't tell them...

I am flattered Joe. I am also flattered that you gave me Janet Russell's link as I think more people should know about Janet's singing. :-)

Debra Cowan


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 06:05 AM

Judith Durham - Can't check YouTube links at work so I will post one later.

Gracie Fields - Well, you did say of distinction...

:D (eG)


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Bryn Pugh
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 06:10 AM

The late, great, Mary Asquith.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: catspaw49
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 06:29 AM

Geeziz......Has no one mentioned Emmylou? I'm not getting into any "folk" discussion here but if I have a choice as to who I hear do Carter Family stuff and the like that is the voice I want to hear. And in country she brought back the original music almost single handededly.

Emmylou


Spaw


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: catspaw49
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 06:40 AM

And did I also miss Ronnie Gilbert? Mary Travers? Holly Near?


Spaw


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 06:47 AM

Do my eyes deceive me? NO mention yet of the late English goddess of blues, JO-Ann Kelly? As her record sleeve blurb has it - "the voice of Memphis Minnie, the guitar playing of Mississippi Fred McDowell and the appearance of a shy English primary school teacher". I was listening yesterday to the compilation "Black Rat Swing" of her stuff that Castle put out and I had remembered that she was good but forgotten just how great she truly was.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: greg stephens
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 07:19 AM

I won't bother listing my old classic favourites, which would be pretty predictable anyway. But here is the best of the bunch of the new folkies I have heard in the last year or three. A rather rough recording of False Hare at Glastonbury 09 rough, but you'll get the idea. False Hare are Helen Morris(on the left) and Katie Weatherall on the right.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 07:24 AM

The list I provided on your last thread, CS. But here are some recorded examples:

Alison McMorland: 'Cloudberry Day' (The Tradition Bearers Series, LTCD 1003, 2000).

Ellen Mitchell: 'On Yonder Lea' (The Tradition Bearers Series, LTCD 1008, 2002).

Frankie Armstrong: 'Lovely on the Water' (Fellside FECD 151, 2000).

Julie Murphy's contribution to the the Mellstock Band's CD, 'Songs of Thomas Hardy's Wessex' (Saydisc CD-SDL 410, 1995).

Mary Humphreys, on the CD which she recorded with Anahata, 'Fenlandia' (Wild Goose Records, WGS 340 CD, 2006).

Shan Graebe, on the CD she which recorded with Martin Graebe, 'Dusty Diamonds' (Wildgoose, WGS359CD, 2008).

To which I would like to add Annie Dearman's contribution to the CD which she recorded with Vic Gammon and Steve Harrison, 'Black Crow White Crow' (EFDSS CD11, 2005).

I also enjoy Shirley Collin's work - but I'm assuming that you're familiar with her extensive recordings?


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,SylviaN
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 08:21 AM

Greg, absolutely agree with you about False Hare. Helen and Katie are two very delightful young women, who are working their socks off at the Kit and Cutter club to spread the news about our wonderful music to people of their own age. They are going to be booked at the Derby Gaol (DHTMC) next year.
Cheers
Sylvia


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: matt milton
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 08:23 AM

nice to see someone mentioned Angela Brazil. Her voice really jumps out when you're listening to any of those Brazil family compilations; she sounds like a folk Billie Holiday.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 11:17 AM

Phoebe Smith, Mary Anne Haynes.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: HipflaskAndy
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 12:15 PM

Maggie Boyle, Faye Hield - grand! - HFA

(and, because of a comment or two above,
just to make it perfectly clear - that's a Duncan McFarlane posting)


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Arkie
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 12:29 PM

Molly Andrews

Sara Grey


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: topical tom
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 12:33 PM

Joni Mitchell-IMO the ageless voice of an angel.

Both Sides NowJoni Mitchell


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: TheSnail
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 01:45 PM

Craig Morgan Robson
Askew Sisters
Bryony Griffith

Neither weak and breathy nor belters, just good clear voices from women who think about what they're singing.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Willa
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 03:20 PM

So many of favourites have already been added to the list. I'd like to add Bella Hardy.

Looking forward to hearing you, Deb C at Cottingham Live next week, and I definitely put Janet on my list.

Good to see Norma's name so many times, and, Steve, here's a link to some of her singing. Scroll down the page.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Norma-Waterson/dp/B00000062Y


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,Gealt
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 03:22 PM

The first folk club I visited was the Troubadour, Old Brompton Road in the summer of '63. Among the many guests was Dolly McMahon-my nomination
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVTrW6_-2gc&feature=related


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: pdq
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 04:01 PM

This thread seems heavily skewed toward the British Isles.

In the western U.S. may I suggest Laurie Lewis, Kathy Kallick, Mary McCaslin, the late Kate Wolf, Nanci Griffith, Kate Brislin, midwesterner Claudia Schmidt, and Mollie O'Brien, who has lived for a long time in Colorado.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Anne Neilson
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 04:11 PM

And a double YES for Ronnie Gilbert - so much a part of my introduction to folksinging, giving permission to sing out loud, with passion and commitment whilst also showing appropriate tenderness (think 'Viva la Quince Brigada' and 'The Cuckoo').
Not to mention her real sense of rhythm/swing/uplift!

A lovely lady.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,Brian Sweeny
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 04:26 PM

I don't know if she's familiar to you in Britain but Ireland's Eleanor Shanley is my favourite singer.Get one of her cds,I don't think you'll be disappointed.
I always enjoyed Shirley Collins when I lived in London.
Someone mentioned Judith Durham in a previous thread.She had a crystal clear wonderful voice.Great for the sort of pop The Seekers did but I doubt if Ewan Mac Coll ever have sent her an invitation to The Singers' Club!.Compare Dusty when she was with The Springfields.
I don't think Mary Black has had a mention.Her early stuff was good but she's gone MOR for some time now.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,Georgina Boyes
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 06:30 PM

Heather Brady [Bradley] and Lal Waterson, as well as many of those already named.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,GC
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 01:09 AM

Masha Goodman Crawford! Her sweet and powerful voice tells ballad stories, sings love into the night air, and gets everybody dancing to the banjo and fiddle!

oldsolesmusic.com


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,CS
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 04:07 AM

Still clicking the links provided. Thanks for Lucy Ward Leveller, thoroughly great stuff. If she's ever around my neck of the woods, I'd deffo go see her show.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 04:55 AM

I second Joe on our own Judy Cook. Just last night I led a group to learn "My God He Is A Rock" just the way I learned to love it from her, and it was a blast. She has inspired me to sing (well, belt!), and every time I hear her sing, I find a fascinating song or story I have to get to the bottom of, and learn a little more 'folk' and a lot more history!

http://judycook.net/demo.htm

Dani


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: rich-joy
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 05:27 AM

Hmmm … a number of my faves have already been mentioned (e.g. KKallick / LNull / VAspey / AStuart / FArmstrong / JRedpath / KWolf / CSchmidt / BDickson / the Fisher gals / ECarthy / NWaterson / JMurphy (the Welsh one : try her "Black Mountain Revisited" CD!) ….. and I second Guest's comments on DEANTA's lead singer!

But I'd like to put in a plug for these delights too :

Maggie Holland (UK) - try CD "Bones"
Polly Bolton (UK)
Rory Block (brilliant U.S. Blues woman – try any CD
Angela Fox (a Scot in NZ) – try "Arrow" CD
Margaret Morgan (West Aussie) – try "Storm on the Horizon" CD
Jenny Fitzgibbon (an Irish Aussie) - try CDs with Tulca Mor
and the late Helen Schneyer (US) – needs no more from me …

and I'm sure there's more!

Cheers! R-J
Down Under


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 05:40 AM

Deb C, thanks for the pointer - I hadn't come across your singing before. That's a brilliant "Banks of Green Willow" (going back a bit, I know) - I've never understood why people make that song sound so cheerful!

The name may not mean much to many, but I'll nominate Sue van Gaalen - one of the best singers I've been lucky enough to share a room with.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: theleveller
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 06:07 AM

"Thanks for Lucy Ward Leveller, thoroughly great stuff. If she's ever around my neck of the woods, I'd deffo go see her show."

You'll love her, CS - she can do the rough and tumble stuff then swap to a haunting song like Fairy Child and bring tears to your eyes. And it's always interesting to see what colour her hair is (it was purple when I saw her a few weeks ago) - she is DEFINITELY a bad influence on my 10-year old who always wants to copy her :-)


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: rich-joy
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 06:19 AM

re my suggestions above, I found a few examples on YouTube, but I'm having connection problems, so apologies for no Blickies!

Cheers, R-J


Julie Murphy (Fernhill) :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0S-IQAGt38


Maggie Holland (ex English Country Blues Band ) :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMYEguvnxtU


Polly Bolton (ex Dando Shaft):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAqdWkIN9y8


Rory Block :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C58CGPMyFyM&feature=related


Angela Fox :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQOmNFGUdJk


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,Crowsister
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 09:01 AM

Leveller: "And it's always interesting to see what colour her hair is (it was purple when I saw her a few weeks ago)"

Hehe, sounds like my kinda girl, I was just like it at eighteen!
But I think you brought up a good point about 'range of expression' it's something that a couple of other posters commented on, as an important thing to develop in the other 'girly' thread.



PS Joe: sorry I was grouchy, I may email you about membership thing.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: The Sandman
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 09:38 AM

Julie Henigan,is one of the best.check out her my space


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: greg stephens
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 09:52 AM

rich-joy: thanks for Polly Bolton link. Never heard this recording, never heard of the Oceans Orchstra or Jennifer Cutting. Totally amazing track. I shall be buying the record instantly.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 10:53 AM

In no particular order:-

Hedy West, Hazel Dickens, Jean Ritchie, Sarah Makem, Brigid Tunney, Elizabeth Cronin, Jane Turiff, Lizzie Higgins, Gordeanna McCullough, Sarah Grey, Alison Mac Morland, Peta Webb, Norma Waterson, Pat Flynn, Rosie Stewart, Norah Ghriallias, Sarah Ghriallais, Tess Bean Uí Conghaile, Maire Áine Ní Donnchadha, Róise Bean Mhic Ghrianna, Valya Balanska, Yanka Rupkina, Cháit Ní Mhuinbheacahin, Belle Stewart, May Bradley, Ola Belle Reed, Sorcha Ní Ghuairim, Memphis Minnie, Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Rosetta Tharpe, Vera Hall Ward, Almeda Riddle, Texas Gladden, Nan Tom Taimín a Burcha, Ellen Mitchell, Sarah Anne O'Neill, Carmel Gunning, Bessie Jones, Mabel Hillary, Christine Tyrell, Sandra Kerr, Big Mama Thornton, Sister Ernestine Washington, Lizzie Miles, Victoria Spivey, Oum Kaltsoum, Heather Heywood, Daisy Chapman, Lucy Stewart, Murdina MacDonald, Mayada El Hennawy. Hannah Hutton.

Thinks. "Haven't I written this list out before?"


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 11:00 AM

Judy Dinning, Caroline Robson - gorgeous stuff!


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,Crowsister
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 11:00 AM

Hi Janie, you said this:

"but was afraid I'd get slammed because she is not "traditional" enough."

As the OP, just to clarify that although some others here do, I don't personally use the 'folk' word to mean purely 'traditional' (I use 'traditional' for that ;-) )

I was just opening the thread as an invitation to share and celebrate 'female voices of distinction' within the folk *genre* so to speak, however broadly others here might interpret that for themselves.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 11:11 AM

Well, if it goes as far as early soul as it spun off from "race music" how about Peggy Scott, who did some cracking tracks with Jojo Benson?


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,Crowsister
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 12:04 PM

Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 10:53 AM
In no particular order:-
Hedy West, Hazel Dickens, Jean Ritchie, Sarah Makem, Brigid Tunney, Elizabeth Cronin, Jane Turiff, Lizzie Higgins, Gordeanna McCullough, Sarah Grey, Alison Mac Morland, Peta Webb, Norma Waterson, Pat Flynn, Rosie Stewart, Norah Ghriallias, Sarah Ghriallais, Tess Bean Uí Conghaile, Maire Áine Ní Donnchadha, Róise Bean Mhic Ghrianna, Valya Balanska, Yanka Rupkina, Cháit Ní Mhuinbheacahin, Belle Stewart, May Bradley, Ola Belle Reed, Sorcha Ní Ghuairim, Memphis Minnie, Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Rosetta Tharpe, Vera Hall Ward, Almeda Riddle, Texas Gladden, Nan Tom Taimín a Burcha, Ellen Mitchell, Sarah Anne O'Neill, Carmel Gunning, Bessie Jones, Mabel Hillary, Christine Tyrell, Sandra Kerr, Big Mama Thornton, Sister Ernestine Washington, Lizzie Miles, Victoria Spivey, Oum Kaltsoum, Heather Heywood, Daisy Chapman, Lucy Stewart, Murdina MacDonald, Mayada El Hennawy. Hannah Hutton.
Thinks. "Haven't I written this list out before?"

***

FRED, that sure is a long old list there ;-)

Any chance of some links to online audio examples, or simply some further written elaboration describing what it is you especially appreciate about those singers you've cited?

Just trying to continue to encourage other posters to this thread to keep up the 'sharing' element initially proposed, rather than keep it at the usual unadorned 'list' that can be common to Mudcat threads.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: The Sandman
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 12:39 PM

julie henigan.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Rob Naylor
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 12:42 PM

I don't see Julie Fowlis listed anywhere above:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnBBQ-_D2Hc&feature=related

And Beth Gibbins of Tiny Tin Lady, singing "Who Knows Where The Time Goes" with Fairport here, when she was just 15:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tcYesLREcI

Most of the YouTube clips of TTL just don't do justice to her voice...it's really something when she lets rip...which she doesn't do often enough.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 01:05 PM

Spotted 'rich-joy's' link to a Julie Murphy recording above. I'm afraid that, after a certain point in her career (about the time of that recording, actually) Ms Murphy and I parted artistic company. I suspect that she's probably not too upset about that (!) Nevertheless, don't let my opinion put you off seeking out her work (she does have a fabulous voice - whatever she's singing).


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Johnny Harper
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 01:49 PM

BARBARA DANE, recording since 1957, still brilliant at age 82 in all 3 of her major styles areas: folk, blues, jazz. Check her out at www.barbaradane.net, you can also order many CDs from this site. There are a few performances on YouTube also, some from long ago, some quite recent.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Jack Campin
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 08:41 PM

Beata Palya: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWAd6Ip_-Wc (read the words in the comments!)

Brenna MacCrimmon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpLN3KRjsW0

MacCrimmon again in the most laid-back Turkish song arrangement you'll ever hear

Aynur Dogan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIqxl3mnCJU (Kurdish lament from a film, there is talk overlaid in places)

more Aynur, Turkish bardic style

Zara: Turkish anti-war lament, unaccompanied

Selda Bagcan: sounding rather flamenco (she's an icon of the Turkish far left)

Esma Redzepova: very young and sounding rather like Eartha Kitt (she doesn't sing like that now)


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: rich-joy
Date: 03 Apr 10 - 01:05 AM

Forgot Cathie Ryan (Cherish the Ladies) from my List above!
(listen to her sing Rick Kemp's "Somewhere Along the Road" e.g.    IMHO, preferable to Maddy's!)

Also, Mara - Aussie, but performs wonderful Eastern European music etc.

Cheers,
R-J


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: The Villan
Date: 03 Apr 10 - 01:30 AM

somewhere along the road Cathy Ryan


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Raggytash
Date: 03 Apr 10 - 03:34 AM

Have I missed Marie Little on this thread, great singer and has been since I first saw her ..........more years ago than she'd care for me to mentioned but it was in The Duke of York, Eccles


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,Brian Sweeny
Date: 03 Apr 10 - 10:54 AM

Have we all forgotten Dolores Keane?.Perhaps I've missed her in previous threads.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Matthew Edwards
Date: 03 Apr 10 - 11:30 AM

I expect Fred is too modest to mention that most of the women cited in his "long old list" can be heard by regular listeners to his internet radio broadcast Worlds of Trad. The current playlist for March actually doesn't feature as many female performers as usual, but it does include Emma Vickers singing the Pace Egg Song, and Emma certainly belongs in any list of 'Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction' as does Ola Belle Reed who also features in the playlist.

Fred and others have mentioned Jean Ritchie (Kytrad); to me she embodies so much of what I find to treasure in the folk tradition so here are three YouTube performances posted by George Pickow.

The first shows the Ritchie Family gathering at Christmas 1955 where you can see just how Jean's songs are firmly embedded in the tradition of her family.

The second shows Jean singing her own composition Still I Love Him at a more recent 2009 family gathering, which shows clearly how the tradition is being passed down.

Finally here is Jean with her sister Edna singing The Four Marys, a song which Jean was instrumental in reviving in the British tradition through sharing it with other singers.

Enjoy!

Matthew


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 03 Apr 10 - 12:41 PM

Not a current singer (for sure) but rather a great American source singer: Texas Gladden

Very influential.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 03 Apr 10 - 12:51 PM

And I'm surprised not to have seen anyone cite Peggy Seeger !!

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Apr 10 - 01:36 PM

Chris While is my nomination.

CdM


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Jack Campin
Date: 03 Apr 10 - 02:00 PM

CrowSister asked for:

Characterful and Individualistic Female Voices in Folk Please.

Could you really say there was anything particularly characterful or individualistic about Peggy Seeger or Jean Ritchie's voices? (Or quite a few of the others mentioned here - come to think of it my own suggestion of Zara wasn't of somebody with a notably out-of-the-ordinary voice, though her performance is a bit unusual in doing unaccompanied ballad style in a TV studio). Their voice quality isn't why we listen to them.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 03 Apr 10 - 03:25 PM

I'd just love to hear Dolly Parton sing an unaccompanied ballad. she can get very close to folk sometimes. Wonderful stuff whatever she sings. One thing's for sure, folk or not, her stuff will still be sung a century from now.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 03 Apr 10 - 03:29 PM

Crow Sister. "Any chance of some links to online audio examples, or simply some further written elaboration describing what it is you especially appreciate about those singers you've cited?"

As for women, and for that matter, men singers I enjoy listening to, I haven't much time for gentle, arty technically correct vocals. I like singers with passion, and singers who can convince me that the song they're singing is real, and that if they haven't actually lived the subject matter, they damned well sound as if they have.

I'm not sure I can furnish many links. You have to remember that a good many of the singers I listed are now dead and never got the recognition they deserved when they were alive. However, a small number were included in Topic's Voice of the People, and more will doubtless appear on the new VOTP, which uses material from Peter Kennedy's collection, and is I believe due for release in September.

One or two of the other singers can be found on Smithsonian Folkways http://www.folkways.si.edu/ , while most of the Gaelic singers are on Cló Iar Chonnachta http://www.cic.ie/ . Both of these sites offer soundclips.

Finally, as Matthew Edwards pointed out, most of the singers I've listed have appeared on my Worlds of Trad Interent Radio station in the past and will again in the future. http://www.live365.com/stations/oneworldmusic

And Matthew is quite right. I should have included Emma Vickers in that top-of-my-head summary. Equally, I should have mentioned Chris Miles from Fife, Karin Edvards Johannson from Dalarna, Sweden, Pastore Pavan (La Nina de los Pienes) from Andalucia, Spain, Sheila Stewart, Sarah and Rita Keane, plus a whole lot more I'll think of directly I press the GO button.

Plu, there's a whole lot of great women singers whose names I don't know because they appear on field anthologies and the collectors and/or producers couldn't be bothered to say who they were.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,Erich
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 04:41 AM

Nobody mentioned Chris Coe (with Pete and Solo) - a great voice and a fine singe.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: theleveller
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 11:07 AM

I'm just wondering if it's OK for a woman to sing The Snows They Melt the Soonest. I've worked out a lovely guitar backing but just can't seem to sing the bloody thing - then Jools came along, sang it and it sounded brilliant! Hang on a minute - doesn't Cara Dillon or someone sing it?


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,CS
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 11:37 AM

Thread Drifty:

Further to 'TSTMtS': I found this an intriguing song Leveller, when I (not a man!) learned it myself this Winter - don't think it matters too much the gender of who sings it, if we all know the character is a young bloke. What I personally like about it, is the cock-sure male youth trying to convince himself (or is it her?) that she'll be back, oh yes! From discussion on other threads, some (Malcolm Douglas I believe) have said that it was Anne Briggs who put the lament-like spin on the song (which endures to this day), while the original was much more jaunty.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,eliza c
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 02:22 PM

lovely, lovely Helen Schneyer. Been listening to her last CD-don't know if there's anything online, but her singing Better Home took me right back to the woods. And she was a demon piano player too.
xe


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,Gealt
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 03:13 PM

Topic 12T 207 1971, Anne Briggs-track 2 'The snow it melts the soonest'.


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: Micca
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 03:30 PM

Distinctive?
Dolina Maclennan(singing in Gaelic in the early 70's)
Karen Matheson (singing almost anything)
Mary Jane Lamont (in Toronto in 1996)
Rosín White ( at Walthamstow Folk Club)
Jacqui MacShee ( electrifying on the first pentangle outing 3 Horsehoes London about 1969
Moira Craig (of CMR)Several places solo and in groups
Elizabeth LaPrelle (her rendition of the Parting Glass at last years Getaway was indescribably moving and beautiful)


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Subject: RE: Female Folk Vocalists of Distinction
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 07:43 PM

Try this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ViWltu0PJk&feature=related


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