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GUEST,Terry Blankenship 29 Jun 01 - 12:28 AM
IanC 29 Jun 01 - 05:47 AM
Alice 29 Jun 01 - 08:53 AM
RWilhelm 29 Jun 01 - 09:12 AM
Malcolm Douglas 29 Jun 01 - 09:18 AM
jeffp 29 Jun 01 - 09:19 AM
IanC 29 Jun 01 - 09:29 AM
dick greenhaus 29 Jun 01 - 10:45 AM
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RWilhelm 29 Jun 01 - 01:27 PM
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Subject: vocal only recordings
From: GUEST,Terry Blankenship
Date: 29 Jun 01 - 12:28 AM

I was wondering what were the best vocal only recordings of traditional English, Irish, and Scottish folk songs? Like by: Anne Briggs Franke Harte Frankie Armstrong etc, etc,

Who are some of the others and what are their best recordings? Are any of them still available on CD?

Ter


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Subject: RE: vocal only recordings
From: IanC
Date: 29 Jun 01 - 05:47 AM

Terry

If you're looking for traditional singers, the best place for English and Scottish (and quite a lot of Irish) may be The National Sound Archives, kept in The British Library. Alternately there's Cecil Sharp House.

The National Sound Archives Catalogue is here Cadensa Cecil Sharp House is hereEFDSS

A useful resource for information about commercially recorded singers is the Musical Traditions site.

You could start with names like Harry Cox, Sam Larner, Scan Tester, Cyril Poacher ... the list goes on

Happy hunting!
Ian


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Subject: RE: vocal only recordings
From: Alice
Date: 29 Jun 01 - 08:53 AM

Joe Heaney, The Road From Connemara, a compilation available here: click here

John Moulden's Ulstersongs site has many tapes of old field recordings of traditional singers. There is a link to John's site in the Mudcat Links.


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Subject: RE: vocal only recordings
From: RWilhelm
Date: 29 Jun 01 - 09:12 AM

The Young Tradition (Peter Bellamy, Royston Wood, and Heather Wood) made a couple of great a cappella albums of traditional music in the 60's. They have been released together on one CD called "So Cheerfully." Wonderful stuff.


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Subject: RE: vocal only recordings
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 29 Jun 01 - 09:18 AM

Depends whether you want Revival or Traditional singers; the former tend to be more polished, but the latter are the real thing.  Many -particularly in England- were not recorded until well past their prime, but in Scotland, where there is better funding available, some very important singers were recorded at the height of their powers.  You should listen particularly to Jeannie Robertson and Belle Stewart, also their respective daughters Lizzie Higgins and Sheila MacGregor (Stewart).  Sheila is still going strong, and two CDs of her work have recently been issued.

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: vocal only recordings
From: jeffp
Date: 29 Jun 01 - 09:19 AM

I can definitely recommend Frank Harte for traditional Irish songs. I have two of his CDs, "Daybreak and a Candle-End," and "Songs of Rebellion - 1798" (or something like that). Most of the songs are unaccompanied. The booklets that come with the CDs are extremely informative, as well.

jeffp


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Subject: RE: vocal only recordings
From: IanC
Date: 29 Jun 01 - 09:29 AM

Earl

Do you mean Unaccompanied? See this thread A Capella.

;-)
Ian


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Subject: RE: vocal only recordings
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 29 Jun 01 - 10:45 AM

CAMSCO Music has a tremendous collection of voice-only recordings---solo, groups, traditional, modern. Give me a ring at 800/548-FOLK (3655) or E-mail me at dick@camsco.com


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Subject: RE: vocal only recordings
From: Kim C
Date: 29 Jun 01 - 10:56 AM

I like a CD called "Voices" that has several different artists on it.


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Subject: RE: vocal only recordings
From: RWilhelm
Date: 29 Jun 01 - 01:27 PM

I mean singin' without playin'


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Subject: RE: vocal only recordings
From: Hawker
Date: 29 Jun 01 - 03:25 PM

Try Roots Quartet, some of theur stuff is lovely - Somerset Sisters - songs collected in Smerset definately worth a listen!
Lucy


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Subject: RE: vocal only recordings
From: Les from Hull
Date: 29 Jun 01 - 03:59 PM

The Topic Records set 'The Voice of the People' collects together traditional songs by subject sung by lots of traditional singers from England, Ireland and Scotland, mostly recorded back in the 60s. So pick a subject and you'll be introduced to many traditional singers.

The Voices CD, which has 25 songs by a revival singers is Fellside FECD87. (also recommended)

Les


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Subject: RE: vocal only recordings
From: Art Thieme
Date: 29 Jun 01 - 10:33 PM

Judy Cook in the Washington D.C. area has two wonderful CDs of unaccompanied ballads and songs on Creative Engineering Records.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: vocal only recordings
From: Chicken Charlie
Date: 30 Jun 01 - 02:11 PM

Ewan McColl did an album of traditional Scottish ballads that I dearly love. Patrick Spens, B. of Harlaw, Follow Me Down to Carlow, Bonnie Dundee, etc. Around 1980 some time a friend loaned it to me; but do try to find it. Very good, IMO.

CC


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Subject: RE: vocal only recordings
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 30 Jun 01 - 09:29 PM

Peta Webb and Ken Hall have a great new cd out called "As Close As Can Be, Songs and duets from English, Irish & American traditions." Wonderful stuff. On Fellside. As revival singers, their singing shows they've both been listening hard for a long time.

John Roberts & Tony Barrand have done a lot of unaccompanied songs along with those accompanied by concertina or banjo. Golden Hind Music now has their old and new stuff. They're Englishmen who've been in the States since the late 60's, and sing traditional English and New England versions of English songs. (And Peter Bellamy's Kipling stuff.)

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: vocal only recordings
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 01 Jul 01 - 11:13 AM

If you're going to investigate this area of folksong, it may help to see what general categories of vocal-only music are available.
First cut, solo or harmony. There's a wide variety of a capella harmony singing CDs, ranging from the British (Copper Family, Young Tradition, Coope Boyes and Simpson, Cockersdale, Voice Squad, Watersons) through black gospel (Golden Gate Quartet, Southernaires etc.) with Sacred Harp singing, hymns, Welsh choirs, Sea Shantey groups (Boarding Party, Johnson Girls, work song groups (NexTradition and a lot of Lomax and Seeger field recordings) and the like in between. Then there are what I consider to be "a semi capella" groups--those in which the vocal harmonies are supplemented with minimal instrumental accompaniment--such as Finest Kind, and Roberts & Barrand.
For unaccompanied solo singers, there's almost too many to mention. Accompaniment, for the most part, is a recent innovation and the "roots" or "source" singers such as Jeannie Robertson, Belle Stewart, Harry Cox, Sam Larner, Vera Ward Hall, Norman Kennedy, Joe Heaney )to name a very few) are well represented in CD re-releases. A series well woth listening to is put out by Tradition Bearers, a Scots label that includes CDs by the likes of Alison McMoreland, Heather Heywood, Maureen Jelkes, Jack Beck, Bob Blair and Jimmy Hutchinson--all for the most part unaccompanied, and all very good.

CAMSCO carries all of these.


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Subject: RE: vocal only recordings
From: Judy Predmore
Date: 01 Jul 01 - 10:55 PM

There are way too many for me to even think about, but one that stands out to me is Anita Best from Newfoundland. I was given her CD without knowing much about her. It wasn't until the 9th track that I realized she was totally unacompanied! Her singing is compelling, her voice beautiful, full, deep, & gets the story & emotion across with incredible subtlety. In my mind the best of both worlds, the roots of the tradition, & a great voice recorded in her prime. Her material is Newfoundland versions of English, Irish, & Newfoundland ballads & songs.

Her name is surprisingly unique - you can find her very easily with a simple web search.


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