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Thread #18370   Message #183099
Posted By: Art Thieme
22-Feb-00 - 10:00 PM
Thread Name: Help: Trads to recommend for singer?
Subject: RE: Help: Trads to recommend for singer?
Ruth Crawford Seeger, Pete's mom, did fine piano accompaniments for many folksongs.

John McCormack (the operatic tenor) from the turn of the last century, did MANY Irish songs in the style you want---with piano accompaniment.

And I second the motion to check out Pauk Robeson's work. In concert, he always used a pianist behind his voice.

Win Stracke, a founder of the Old Town School Of Folk Music in Chicago along with Mr. Frank Hamilton, was a fine singer of German lieder and other classical works. Win's LP, Songs Of Old Town might be around. His earlier children's LP has the best version of "Shenandoah" I've ever heard.

Also, Jo Stafford did an LP for Capitol called American Folksongs with orchestral backup by her husband, Paul Westin, that was simply exquisite. She also did a nice album of Scottish folksongs, but the great one was the American one.

Art Thieme