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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
GUEST,Gerry 31 Mar 10 - 05:55 PM
Janie 31 Mar 10 - 06:09 PM
Janie 31 Mar 10 - 06:14 PM
GUEST,Crowsister 31 Mar 10 - 06:17 PM
Janie 31 Mar 10 - 06:21 PM
SylviaN 31 Mar 10 - 06:45 PM
Janie 31 Mar 10 - 07:08 PM
Allan C. 31 Mar 10 - 07:10 PM
Tattie Bogle 31 Mar 10 - 07:13 PM
GUEST,Bigmooth 31 Mar 10 - 08:28 PM
Don Firth 31 Mar 10 - 08:47 PM
Janie 31 Mar 10 - 10:30 PM
Suzy T. 01 Apr 10 - 01:07 AM
GUEST 01 Apr 10 - 01:27 AM
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theleveller 01 Apr 10 - 03:27 AM
Betsy 01 Apr 10 - 03:44 AM
Terry McDonald 01 Apr 10 - 03:50 AM
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Howard Jones 01 Apr 10 - 04:02 AM
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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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