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Drumshanty Are ballad singers predominantly female? (47) RE: Are ballad singers predominantly female? 03 Mar 10

I once asked, and was told that there are very few, if any, true bothy ballads written from the female point of view; although I would have thought that the kitchie deems would have sung as well...?

As far as the performance being a male "preserve", I know that the late King of the Bothy Ballads, Tam Reid, didn't approve of women singing them. Didn't stop them though; most bothy ballad competitions I've witnessed have always had female competitors. Indeed, Shona Donaldson came second in the Champion of Champions that took place in Elgin last month. I believe that she is only the second woman to grace that particular competition.

Still, robinia, I would agree that the overwhelming presence in the bothy ballad world is male.

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