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If only all singers were as good as this

Johnny J 22 May 11 - 07:37 PM
GUEST,leeneia 23 May 11 - 01:57 PM
GUEST,PeterC 23 May 11 - 02:33 PM
Lonesome EJ 23 May 11 - 02:46 PM
breezy 23 May 11 - 02:56 PM
Don Firth 23 May 11 - 03:13 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 23 May 11 - 04:16 PM
Johnny J 23 May 11 - 07:33 PM
Don Firth 23 May 11 - 08:36 PM
GUEST,Barnacle (at work) 24 May 11 - 07:32 AM
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Subject: If only all singers were as good as this
From: Johnny J
Date: 22 May 11 - 07:37 PM

http://www.thewebbsisters.com/


Just heard them live tonight. A beautiful concert from start to finish with a very intimate presentation...

They don't appear to get mentioned much in the "folky web sites" but they really should. One the best gigs I've seen for yonks.


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Subject: RE: If only all singers were as good as this
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 23 May 11 - 01:57 PM

Sorry, Johnny, but something about that site tells me to click no further.


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Subject: RE: If only all singers were as good as this
From: GUEST,PeterC
Date: 23 May 11 - 02:33 PM

They don't appear to get mentioned much in the "folky web sites" but they really should.
Acoustic guitar = folk music?


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Subject: RE: If only all singers were as good as this
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 23 May 11 - 02:46 PM

I wouldn't exactly call them Folk. But I like them.


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Subject: RE: If only all singers were as good as this
From: breezy
Date: 23 May 11 - 02:56 PM

O K, good in fact, but more country and certainly not my folk. though it might help the folk cause as Joe Average has little idea. Probably Mike Harding will give em a play.

As they toured with Leonard Cohen and have related to Judy collins, dixie chicks and Dolly Parton the mass media is more their aim

Dont see where they are 'original' they sound like a lot of others to me

as i couldnt make out their lyric I assumed it was more a 'sound' and 'image' that they were projecting.


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Subject: RE: If only all singers were as good as this
From: Don Firth
Date: 23 May 11 - 03:13 PM

"They don't appear to get mentioned much in the "folky web sites" but they really should."

Well, that might be debatable.

I listened to some of their offerings on their web site, and they are very good. I also looked at the track lists of their rcordings, but of all the songs listed—not a single traditional folk song among them. Their style is a fairly polished version of what, for a better expression, could be called "commercial folk-revival," and they do it very well. And their instrumentation (guitar, Celtic harp, mandolin, clarinet, piano, and drums) is only marginally "folk."

I would put them into the same general category as Judy Collins in her later career. She started out singing traditional songs, but later on, she abandoned the folk material in favor of recently written songs, some of which were written specifically for her. She is very good—lovely singing voice—but she has taken herself out of the "folk singer" category.

Again, I am not denigrating the Webb Sisters. But they would be of only marginal interest to a folk music forum

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: If only all singers were as good as this
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 23 May 11 - 04:16 PM

Not folk, but definitely worth a listen.
I pretty much echo Don Firth on them. A title like "Baroque Thoughts" would scare away real folkies (whatever they are in this day-).

They have lyrics on their site. Some are their own and I saw one that is Leonard Cohen's.


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Subject: RE: If only all singers were as good as this
From: Johnny J
Date: 23 May 11 - 07:33 PM

" only marginally "folk."


I do take your point but much of the music discussed here is only "marginally folk" too.

Their live show actually sounds a lot "folkier" than their album too and there's even a traditional tune or two although the songs are contemporary.

Anyway, I liked them.

:-)


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Subject: RE: If only all singers were as good as this
From: Don Firth
Date: 23 May 11 - 08:36 PM

That's fine, Johnny J. This was the first I've heard of them, and I like them, too. I like a lot of musicians and singers, from the Baltimore Consort to the Beatles to operatic bass-baritone George London (who sometimes includes a traditional folk ballad or two in his recitals), but that does not make them folk musicians, nor of any particular interest to the core idea of this forum. That doesn't stop people from discussing music other than folk music and those who perform it.

Singers like the late Richard Dyer-Bennet was a classically trained tenor who had also studied classical guitar. The bulk of his repertoire consisted of traditional folk songs and ballads. Yet, he insisted that he was NOT a folk singer. He adhered to the time-honored European minstrel tradition and made no pretense of being a "folk singer."

True indeed, much of the music discussed on this forum IS only marginally folk.

There is a great deal of hokum spouted on this forum about what is and is not folk music or a folk singer, but let us not get embroiled in another mêlée in THAT tangle of barbed wire!

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: If only all singers were as good as this
From: GUEST,Barnacle (at work)
Date: 24 May 11 - 07:32 AM

Leonard Cohen always describes them as "the sublime Webb sisters". Fabulous voices, but hardly folk, methinks


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