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Posted By: GUEST,Jon
23-Sep-04 - 05:28 PM
Thread Name: Why is a singer one of your favorites?
Subject: RE: Why is a singer one of your favorites?
I don't believe I have a consistant reason. Sometimes I suspect it may have a lot to do with the material they sing rather than thier own vocal qualities. On others, perhaps the quality of the musicians they have around them could be a factor. I suppose it's not impossible that the choice of a good sound engineer and/or some electronic "trickery" might make the difference...

Overall though as far as I can work out, it is often the treatment of the song rather than quality of voice that would get to me most. I listened for example to Christy Moore (Planxty CD) singing the Good Ship Kangaroo yesterday having not played it in a while. The first thing that grabbed me was his easy and natural sounding but still very ryhmical treatment of the song. For a really clear narrative sung with emotion, you could try Luke Kelly - sticking with the Dubliners, I also hapen to like the rough voice of Ronnie Drew, esp when singing something even as simple as I'll tell my Ma - I guess the point there is he does convey the feeling that he was singing them from as soon as he learned to walk...