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Best female folk guitar players?

20 Jan 12 - 06:54 AM (#3293259)
Subject: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Tigger the Tiger

Can someone post links to good steel string,non-electric female guitar players?Preferably finger-pickers who take breaks. Not necessarily highly trained professionally educated,perfectly structured performers;playing by ear is fine. I want to watch actual playing if possible. blues too.Thanks.


20 Jan 12 - 11:10 AM (#3293388)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: GUEST

Pamela Wyn Shannon
Sarah McQuaid


21 Jan 12 - 08:23 AM (#3293861)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Tigger the Tiger

Great. Thanks for the information.


21 Jan 12 - 12:06 PM (#3293941)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: JWB

My favorite is Cindy Kallet. She uses creative tunings quite a bit, and mostly accompanies her songs, but can crank out excellent instrumentals as well. She's also published a book of her songs with tab for her guitar arrangements.

Cindy Kallet


21 Jan 12 - 12:31 PM (#3293954)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: GUEST,kendall

I agree on Cindy Kallet, and I also recommend Caryl P. Weiss


21 Jan 12 - 12:59 PM (#3293973)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: foggers

Wow good topic! Got to include the great Etta James and her Piedmont blues style.


21 Jan 12 - 03:09 PM (#3294022)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Stower

Is there a particular reason you want female guitarists?

The wonderful Elizabeth Cotten on film here. She was left handed but played an unaltered right hand guitar.

Stower


21 Jan 12 - 03:52 PM (#3294037)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Genie

Nina Gerber, who played the exquisite leads on many of Kate Wolfe's recordings & live performances, is one of the best guitarists I've ever heard.


21 Jan 12 - 04:01 PM (#3294043)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: kendall

I'd like to hear her.


21 Jan 12 - 04:55 PM (#3294066)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Genie

The YouTubes I've found don't have the best sound quality, but you can get and idea of her technique and skill from these:

Kate Wolf:   Looking Back At You   Nina and Rick Byars are both backing up Kate, who is also playing guitar, but the fancier lead is mostly Nina, who is seen in close-up during the instrumental break at about 1:34 in the video.

You can hear Nina backing up Chris Webber in a house concert here: Canyon Acoustic Society house concert w Chris Webber (vocals) and Nina Gerber (guitar)

The sound on this YouTube video is a bit distorted, but the video really shows off Nina's nimble fingers and style:

21 Jan 12 - 05:06 PM (#3294072)
Subject: Best female folk guitar players: Mary Flower
From: Genie

Here is Portland, Oregon's own Mary Flower, playing "Terminal Rag".

You can find a lot more videos of her on YouTube and hear more at her website, MaryFlower.com.

She's one of the best blues and ragtime pickers I've ever heard.


21 Jan 12 - 05:47 PM (#3294085)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Genie

Not sure she'd be classified as pure "folk," but I'd say some of Nanci Griffith's stuff falls in that category, and she's really excellent and innovative in her guitar work.    Sometimes she plays electric but she also plays acoustic guitar a lot.

Here is Nanci doing Love At The Five And Dime on Austin City Limits.   You can watch a close-up of her instrumental break at about 5:00.


22 Jan 12 - 01:54 AM (#3294237)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: PHJim

Rory Block made her first record with Stefan Grosman when she was 15 years old. It was called How To Play Blues Guitar.


22 Jan 12 - 06:04 AM (#3294301)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Stower

Here is the above-mentioned guitarist Emily Remler. She was a jazz player and almost always played electric, so not really what you're asking for, but this is a rare instance of acoustic playing (not that you'd know by listening with what it's fed through!).

She's a great one to watch for technique, Tigger, as she tended to use different right hand techniques within the same piece, as you'll see here.


22 Jan 12 - 06:30 AM (#3294312)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Tigger the Tiger

Thanks to all of the you for the help in finding these ladies. As I seemed to not run into other females who were serious players in the sixties, I just wanted to make sure the other girls had figured out how much fun it is to play rather than just back-up a pretty voice.I learned from men.


22 Jan 12 - 08:00 AM (#3294357)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: greg stephens

Elizabeth Cotton probably the most influential(in N Atlantic folk circles anyway)


22 Jan 12 - 12:08 PM (#3294486)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Roger the Skiffler

If you look at Rory on Youtube there's an old Russian lady on the sidebar playing with a lightbulb as a slide!

RtS


22 Jan 12 - 12:31 PM (#3294501)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: PHJim

Marcy Marxer and Rhonda Gouge do some flat pickin':
Marcy & Rhonda


22 Jan 12 - 12:39 PM (#3294506)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: PHJim

Here's a nice relaxed version of Arkansas Traveler by Wil Maring:

Wil's Arkansas Traveler


22 Jan 12 - 02:11 PM (#3294581)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: GUEST,henryp

Mimi [Baez/Farina/Melvin] was noted for her creative style of guitar playing. Even Joan, an excellent guitarist herself, acknowledged in her autobiography that Mimi was the better guitarist. Rick Turner of Acoustic Guitar magazine described Mimi's guitar playing as "innovative," "fully formed and very original," "sophisticated and driving." Mimi learned much of her technique while living in Paris and hanging out by the Seine River listening to French and Algerian street singers. She also learned a great deal from Bruce Langhorne: "We were both highly influenced by the guitar of Bruce Langhorne," she said. "His whole concept of rhythm added a vitality that we wouldn't have had otherwise." Nevertheless, Mimi forged her own distinctive style. She developed a version of the Travis style with a thumb pick and two fingers, and employed unusual combinations of strums and arpeggios, smoothly integrated into the flow of the music. She also used modal tunings that created a strange alchemy with the diatonic structure of the dulcimer. Yet her style was somewhat self-effacing, never calling attention to itself but rather complementing and blending with the dulcimer. Perhaps Richard said it best when he described the dreamy, evocative style of her playing as "weaving modal memories." From http://www.richardandmimi.com/mimi-bio.html


22 Jan 12 - 11:34 PM (#3294801)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Genie

This African woman developed her own unique, innovative style, having gotten a guitar with no instruction as to how to play it.   She's not finger picking, but she's quite remarkable!


22 Jan 12 - 11:45 PM (#3294808)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Genie

Another unknow who's not too shabby:
Lindsay Adler"Triple Spiral Waltz" Celtic fingerstyle guitar


23 Jan 12 - 02:12 AM (#3294826)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: PHJim

Genie - RE your 11:34 post. The person shown playing the guitar is "Botswana Ronnie". Ronnie is definitely not a woman, therefore he is ineligible for this thread.


23 Jan 12 - 03:28 AM (#3294831)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: GUEST,Azoic

I think June Tabor


23 Jan 12 - 03:16 PM (#3295086)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: GUEST,John Foxen

Kristina Olsen is a fine guitar player in folk and blues style.
She is also a splendid songwriter and provides music and tab for her guitar parts on her website.
There are plenty of examples of her onYoutube.


25 Jan 12 - 12:48 AM (#3295845)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: PHJim

Perhaps not exactly folk, but what is folk anyway?
Girl Django


25 Jan 12 - 07:11 PM (#3296302)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Big Al Whittle

When I was younger, I learned a lot from Joan Baez's guitar playing. Folk guitar is funny - its not really about being superfast - or anything. Its about, getting it right.

I saw Julie Felix a few years ago, and she joined the session after the gig. I just had to ask her how she did this pretty little thing in her accompaniment to the The Plane Crash at Los Gatos. Just a flick of the fingers across the top of the guitar, but it was so artful, and so right. So Spanish.


25 Jan 12 - 07:19 PM (#3296306)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Bobert

Gillian Welsh

Patti Griffin

B~


06 Jul 18 - 03:05 AM (#3935613)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Tony Rees

Thought I might revive this thread with a plug for Molly Tuttle, a terrific new female flatpicker, see samples here: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Molly+Tuttle . Also +1 for Nina Gerber too, though not really adequately represented on youtube, in my humble opinion.


06 Jul 18 - 03:12 AM (#3935614)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Tony Rees

I just learned, courtesy of Wikipedia, that Molly is the first woman to win the International Bluegrass Music Association's Guitar Player of the Year award (in 2017). Also I should mention Alison Brown - best known for her terrific banjo playing, but occasionally she switches to guitar and is pretty impressive on that too...

Regards - Tony


06 Jul 18 - 03:57 AM (#3935619)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: The Sandman

T he best that i have heard is the guitarist in the lancashire group Scolds Bridle,liz moore, as regards song accompaniment


06 Jul 18 - 05:20 AM (#3935642)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: GUEST,Mark Bluemel

Molly Tuttle is pretty impressive on a variety of fretted things. Like many people in that genre, she started really young so her technique is really developed but she's certainly not a sterile technical player.

I'm surprised that no-one has mentioned Janis Ian yet - not flashy, but really accomplished.


06 Jul 18 - 08:39 AM (#3935693)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Rob Naylor

Julie Ellison, now no longer playing:

Julie Ellison - Dish Rag

Julie Ellison - The Cat and The Butterfly


06 Jul 18 - 08:47 AM (#3935694)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Rob Naylor

Not forgetting The Carrivick Sisters:

Carrivick Sisters - Today Is A Good Day


06 Jul 18 - 09:23 AM (#3935699)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Backwoodsman

Rob, you beat me to it with the great Julie Ellison! Her partner told me a while ago that she'd been forced to stop playing - bad news indeed.

And I'd agree with others about Molly Tuttle, a fabulous flatpicker and frailer, as well as a great singer and a very nice young woman. Molly has suffered from Alopœcia since she was three years old, and is a big supporter of the National Alopecia Areata Foundation in the US, appearing without her hairpiece at their meetings and conferences. A very courageous and inspiring young woman.


06 Jul 18 - 09:24 AM (#3935701)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Backwoodsman

And I had the pleasure of supporting the Carrick Sisters at a gig last year - Charlotte is a superb player.


06 Jul 18 - 09:26 AM (#3935702)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Backwoodsman

Carrivick! Bloody predictive text!


07 Jul 18 - 05:25 AM (#3935902)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: GUEST,Roger Knowles

I saw Molly Tuttle recently and would definitely put her on the front row of lady players.


07 Jul 18 - 06:32 AM (#3935915)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: The Sandman

yes thanks some great clip ,well i suppose maybelle carter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQxocFAHPIU


07 Jul 18 - 09:24 AM (#3935934)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: GUEST,Mike Yates

I'm surprised that Peggy Seeger's name has not appeared here. If you want to know how to accompany a song on the guitar (or banjo for that matter) then listen to Peggy's many, many recordings.


07 Jul 18 - 10:24 AM (#3935939)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: gillymor

Besides being a fine singer and songwriter Janis Ian does a great job accompanying herself on gtr. Santa Cruz even honored her with a signature model.
Second Molly Tuttle and Mother Maybelle, who could do a lot than just the "Carter Scratch".


07 Jul 18 - 11:43 AM (#3935946)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: John MacKenzie

Joni


07 Jul 18 - 01:46 PM (#3935959)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Bonzo3legs

Nancy Kerr is very good.


07 Jul 18 - 02:28 PM (#3935967)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Brian Peters

Surprised there's been only one vote for Sarah McQuaid, and that 6 years ago.


07 Jul 18 - 10:22 PM (#3936011)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: kendall

I cant recall her name; it was a long time ago she was at Indian neck. slight of build, red hair. I was quite taken with her music.

By the way, I CaNT REMEMBER MUCH OF ANYTHING THESE DAYS.


08 Jul 18 - 04:49 AM (#3936025)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Big Al Whittle

Reminds me of the old days when Melody Maker had a folk page, written by Karl Dallas and then Colin Irwin.

One year they did a poll, and one category was 'Best Female Folk Singer'.

Some wag nominated 'the tall one in The Spinners'.


08 Jul 18 - 06:07 AM (#3936040)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: KarenH

As the OP included blues, could I mention Memphis Minnie? You won't find any videos of her, but if you google you will find videos of female player Del Rey teaching her style, which involved open tunings. You need long fingers to reach some of the notes.

Not finger picking or country blues but Rosetta Tharpe (This Train).


08 Jul 18 - 09:51 AM (#3936067)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: GUEST

Bonnie Raitt


08 Jul 18 - 09:52 AM (#3936068)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: GUEST,KarenH

Sorry That Bonnie Raitt was my suggestion.


08 Jul 18 - 10:03 AM (#3936070)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: gillymor

Mary Flower is a good un.


08 Jul 18 - 11:26 PM (#3936184)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Stewie

This lass is amazing:

Gwenifer Raymond

--Stewie.


09 Jul 18 - 02:08 AM (#3936194)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: medievallassie

I'm going out into left field just a teeny bit and going to mention the actress Charro. She exploited her gorgeous shape and was known mainly for her catch phrase "Gootchie, gootchie" in the 70's but she was an amazing flamenco guitarist and cultural folk guitarist. Hopefully there are some YouTube videos of her performing as a musician rather than just her acting parts. Thanks go to this thread for reminding me of her!!! Headed now to YouTube....


09 Jul 18 - 05:50 AM (#3936247)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: GUEST,Joseph Scott

Christine Pizzuti
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx-WWY_s9dw


16 Jul 18 - 04:06 AM (#3937637)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: GUEST,RA

Marisa Anderson is good.


16 Jul 18 - 03:26 PM (#3937774)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: michaelr

Molly Tuttle


16 Jul 18 - 04:08 PM (#3937783)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Tattie Bogle

Some wonderful slide guitar from Kristina Olsen at Stonehaven Folk Festival 2 weekends ago: she only did the one slide number: could have done with more. But the rest of her playing was great too.


16 Jul 18 - 05:31 PM (#3937799)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: GUEST,Observer

Anna Massie


16 Jul 18 - 05:34 PM (#3937800)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Tony Rees

I was interested to check out Charo (note the spelling) from a post above and was pleasantly surprised... see e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMcdFV1kNv4. You can always find new people via mudcat!!


16 Jul 18 - 06:28 PM (#3937815)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Tattie Bogle

I'll second Anna Massie, and on a variety of instruments.
Jenn Butterworth too.


17 Jul 18 - 02:57 PM (#3937988)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: GUEST,Guest Eddie

A couple of people have mentioned Sarah McQuaid and I would certainly agree! Sarah is an expert in DADGAD, plays a variety of traditional and self-penned material. Here she is with "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zYgO28c_1c


17 Jul 18 - 10:27 PM (#3938039)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: GUEST,Lin

Besides having an incredibly beautiful folk voice I think that
Joan Baez is a great guitar player and she has been playing guitar since the late 1950's when she was still in her teens.

The other female folk guitarist who I think is really good is
Mary Chapin Carpenter.


24 Jul 18 - 08:33 PM (#3939265)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: ChanteyLass

Genie, it brought a smile to my face when I saw you'd included Lindsay Adler among those listed here. She lives in my home state of RI so I've been able to hear her many times and have her recordings which are all too few. She plays all the instruments you see around her in that video. She also has a lovely voice and is a talented visual artist. In fact she teaches art and music in one of RI's public school systems.


26 Jul 18 - 03:39 AM (#3939541)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: David Carter (UK)

Gabriella Quevedo is a fingerstyle acoustic guitarist, whose main repertoire is not folk, but acoustic covers of rock standards. Such as:

Tears in Heaven

Stairway to heaven

And loads of other stuff on youtube.

Her style has at times a Spanish classical sound, but with folk influences too.


27 Jul 18 - 11:24 AM (#3939868)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: Mark Ross

Kajsa Ohman, who I met when I lived in Montana, was originally out of the Southern California folk scene. Took lessons from Clarence White. Great singer and songwriter too. I don't know if she is still playing, but if you get a chance to hear her, do so.

Mark Ross


27 Jul 18 - 03:51 PM (#3939929)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: oldhippie

Nancy Tucker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urHQrcDQ-jg


29 Jul 18 - 06:40 AM (#3940202)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: GUEST,henryp

Guest Lin; And Joan Baez recognised that her sister Mimi was an even better guitarist.

Mimi [Baez/Farina/Melvin] was noted for her creative style of guitar playing. Even Joan, an excellent guitarist herself, acknowledged in her autobiography that Mimi was the better guitarist. Rick Turner of Acoustic Guitar magazine described Mimi's guitar playing as "innovative," "fully formed and very original," "sophisticated and driving."

Mimi learned much of her technique while living in Paris and hanging out by the Seine River listening to French and Algerian street singers. She also learned a great deal from Bruce Langhorne: "We were both highly influenced by the guitar of Bruce Langhorne," she said. "His whole concept of rhythm added a vitality that we wouldn't have had otherwise."

Nevertheless, Mimi forged her own distinctive style. She developed a version of the Travis style with a thumb pick and two fingers, and employed unusual combinations of strums and arpeggios, smoothly integrated into the flow of the music. She also used modal tunings that created a strange alchemy with the diatonic structure of the dulcimer.

Yet her style was somewhat self-effacing, never calling attention to itself but rather complementing and blending with the dulcimer. Perhaps Richard said it best when he described the dreamy, evocative style of her playing as "weaving modal memories." From http://www.richardandmimi.com/mimi-bio.html


31 Jul 18 - 11:57 AM (#3940633)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: open mike

http://www.ninagerber.com/ Nina Gerber
is a very talented and versatile musician, consummate performer, tasteful accompanist, and wonderful teacher of all things guitar, acoustic, electric and everything in between!


31 Jul 18 - 06:34 PM (#3940713)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: GUEST,harpgirl is alive

I lke this girl a lot but I dont know her name


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xx-WWY_s9dw


31 Jul 18 - 11:10 PM (#3940726)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: GUEST,harpy

Could someone make me a clicky?


06 Aug 18 - 06:01 AM (#3941953)
Subject: RE: Best female folk guitar players?
From: FreddyHeadey

harpy's clicky
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xx-WWY_s9dw


Her name is Christine Pizzuti
https://www.discogs.com/artist/5819177-Christine-Pizzuti