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best male folk singer?

cetmst 24 May 10 - 07:16 AM
GUEST,CAP 24 May 10 - 04:14 AM
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Bill D 23 May 10 - 04:26 PM
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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: cetmst
Date: 24 May 10 - 07:16 AM

All of the above. Hard to believe that it was more than 60 years ago but it all started for me with Burl Ives, Richard Dyer-Bennet, Josh White, Josef Marais (before Miranda) and probably tops of them all, Carl Sandburg. Others I have enjoyed and may have missed in the above notes, Oscar Brand, Will Holt, Theodore Bikel, Alan Rowan Summers, Jean Carignan, Walt Robertson, Wade Hemsworth, Alan Mills, Robert Beers.


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: GUEST,CAP
Date: 24 May 10 - 04:14 AM

I think Kieran Halpin, Terry Emm, Matt Shenk, Seth Lakeman & Richard Shindell all deserve a mention but by far my best Singer apart from the late John Wright would be celtic folk/blues artist Jackie Leven.


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: scouse
Date: 23 May 10 - 04:49 PM

My vote goes to just one of the most versatile singers still doing the biz in the folk scene and still playing to full house's after 50 years an who can also still hold a audience spellbound.. it has to be the one and only Johnny Silvo. No one above has a touch on his voice although I like many that's been voted.
As Aye,
Phil.


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: Bill D
Date: 23 May 10 - 04:26 PM

After 50 years of listening, I can't disagree with many on the above lists as fine singers...for various reasons, although several wear on me after a bit..(never mind which ones.))


4 years ago, Margaret Road-Knight put Danny Spooner at the top of her list. Having heard him live 8-9 times in the last 6-7 years, and once just a couple weeks ago, I'd have to say he is at the top of MY list these days. He delivers a song with as much 'relevance' and awareness of the SONG as anyone I've heard.....and he's getting better.

There are singers who amaze with virtuosity, and those who have beautiful voices, and those whose 'stage presence' is gripping....but **sometimes** I get the feeling that the songs are manipulated to showcase the singer....and I see/hear none of that with Danny Spooner. All his ability goes into showcasing the song....and his historical knowledge OF the song is always there.


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: mousethief
Date: 23 May 10 - 11:52 AM

Gordon Bok. What a voice.


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 23 May 10 - 09:04 AM

Haven't read whole list...but has Mike Waterson had a mention?


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 23 May 10 - 12:02 AM

Lists like this really help me - this will keep me exploring Spotify for days.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 22 May 10 - 11:53 PM

"Hey Rod. I was beginning to think I was the only Jack Hudson fan left alive!"

Nope. I'm still alive and I'm a fan too, CdM! He's The Maestro.

Also Richard Shindell, Stan, Garnet and Nathan Rogers, Martyn Wyndham-Read, Goldengob (Dave Fletcher), Allan Taylor, Bob Fox, and others too numerous to list.


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: Art Thieme
Date: 22 May 10 - 10:49 PM

Joe,
I'm honored. Thank you--Art


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: GUEST,Collingsgirl
Date: 22 May 10 - 10:37 PM

Townes Van Zandt, for me. He was just... complete. Broken, but complete.


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 May 10 - 10:22 PM

Well, I'd have to say my favorites are Art Thieme, Seamus Kennedy,
Rick Fielding, Kendall Morse, and Sandy Paton. There are others, but these five have given me their friendship, as well as their singing.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: GUEST,Bren
Date: 22 May 10 - 08:08 PM

Just sat listening to Ken Wilson's cd, what a quality singer he is. We saw him in the Cork singers club for the first time last month.


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: GUEST
Date: 22 May 10 - 06:28 PM

van is tired now and so is his voice


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: GUEST,Essex girl
Date: 22 May 10 - 05:52 PM

Steve Knightley, Jon Brindley, (the late)John Wright, Stan Rogers & Richard Shindell. To name a few.


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: Larry The Radio Guy
Date: 22 May 10 - 12:28 PM

My vote is for Mickey Newbury. Honourable mentions to Ralph Stanely and David Lynn Jones.


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: Tannywheeler
Date: 22 May 10 - 12:10 PM

Wasn't gonna deal with this, but I'll try.
Just barely in my teens got to hear they young Liam Clancy live lots. What a clean, fine tenor. Still 1 of my faves. Leadbelly, Pete S. all felt to be faves at times. Ed McCurdy for a bit. Later in life ran into lots I liked. John Hartford, Danny Barnes, Steve Earle. There's a singer-songwriter in the Austin area named John Clay: he has a non-vibrato tone that makes you pay attention.

But my favorite male folksinger is special. In my late teens I was on a long car trip with my dad(about 12 hrs) thru the aftermath of a monster blizzard. Only time I remember ever being alone with him in the car. Never noted for his musicality, yet he sang "Henry Martin" & nothing tops that sound in my heart. Tw


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: The Sandman
Date: 22 May 10 - 11:43 AM

are there any left?
can we include any females that have changed to male?


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: GUEST,jako
Date: 22 May 10 - 10:24 AM

Springsteen, John Prine, Steve Earle.


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: GUEST,CAP
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 04:27 AM

John Wright
Richard Shindel
Kieran Halpin
Jon Brindley
Steve Knightly
Jackie Leven
John Tams
Terry Emm


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: MGM∑Lion
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 04:10 AM

Yes, indeed; I well remember Enoch Kent. Robin Hall [another to think of btw] always spoke very highly of him.

~Michael~


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: GUEST,EKanne
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 03:52 AM

Forgot to mention a longtime favourite - Enoch Kent, originally from Glasgow but a resident now of Toronto for many years. Enoch sang with the group The Exiles (Gordon McCulloch and the late Bobby Campbell) in the 1960's and could sing lyrical songs like 'The Bleacher Lassie of Kelvinhaugh' with great tenderness, but he also had a grand sense of rhythm for pacier songs like 'The Begging Man' and a real edge of anger in political material like MacColl's 'The Moving-on Song'. So, not a one-trick performer......and he also writes some fine songs still!


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: GUEST,EKanne
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 03:35 AM

One of the reasons why Brian deserves a place on this list is the passion and commitment he brings to anything he tackles. It's great to listen to someone who is still excited by what he does and who can communicate that enthusiasm - I'm thinking particularly of his presentations on Child ballads.
Grand stuff!


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: MGM∑Lion
Date: 13 Apr 10 - 10:15 PM

Yes, Brian Peters certainly one of best currently around on UK folk scene. Don't think I have ever actually met him, but I remember being very impressed by his set at the C#House Bob Copper Memorial Concert 6 years ago.

~Michael~


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: Booklynrose
Date: 13 Apr 10 - 05:08 PM

How could you not mention Jack Langstaff, beautiful voice, charming manner, devotion to traditional folksong. He had a magical way of getting everyone to sing. Someone once introduced him by saying, "I'm one of the hundreds of women in love with Jack Langstaff." And most of the women in the room nodded their heads.
   That said, we just heard Martyn Wyndham-Read here in New York, and he was outstanding. I was glad people praised Brian Peters above; he will do a concert for the Folk Music Society of New York on April 30 & a workshop the next day. (info www.folkmusicny.org).
   Gordon Bok does have a good voice, but to my taste a bit overdone - like a bagel with too much cream cheese.
   Of course all this is subjective.


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 13 Apr 10 - 01:39 PM

Tony Capstick by a mile. I'm not sure I would have wanted to know him, but by God the man could sing. Beg, borrow or steal the "Songs of Ewan MacColl" album he did with Dick Gaughan and Dave Burland - the other two are on form, but Capstick's electric.

Tony Rose was a great singer, as was Nic Jones once he'd lost the early mannerisms. Dave Burland for texture - the 'grain' of the voice - and Bert Jansch for warmth.

And that Phil Edwards - he can pin you to the wall any night of the week. Can't sing a note, but he can pin you to the wall.


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: The Smiler
Date: 13 Apr 10 - 01:34 PM

For the power and beauty of the voice live, I would most definately go for Dave Fletcher (Goldengob) from the duo called Bill Whaley & Dave Fletcher from the UK. Saw them at Faldingworth recently.

Dave and Bill at faldingworth - video from Sooz


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 13 Apr 10 - 01:27 PM

I know that the late and much lamented Rick Danko of the Band wouldn't necesssarily qualify as a folk singer in many people's eyes, but he had the best voice I have ever heard in my life, bar none.

Or so I thought until I watched this video of the remarkable John Cowan singing "Dark as a Dungeon"


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: GUEST,Neil D
Date: 13 Apr 10 - 11:54 AM

I only had time to scan the thread but I didn't see anyone mention Christy Moore, one of the best interpreters of song. If you want to hear a powerful, expressive voice with incredible range, check out
Shawn Phillips. Pretty good guitarist as well.


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 12 Apr 10 - 01:25 PM

Wait!
I'm changing my vote: Dick Miles.

or Jim Carroll.


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: scowie
Date: 12 Apr 10 - 03:53 AM

The late great Johnny Collins tops the lot--No contest.


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: GUEST,Ian Gill
Date: 11 Apr 10 - 06:14 AM

Fred Jordan wasn't bad...


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: The Sandman
Date: 10 Apr 10 - 09:02 AM

ha ha,continuity jones thats very funny,Dick Miles is a cocky pipsqueak,that cant sing fot toffee.


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: olddude
Date: 10 Apr 10 - 08:56 AM

KENDALL


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: GUEST,Continuity Jones
Date: 10 Apr 10 - 08:32 AM

I always thought Dick Miles was a little too like Noel Hill for my liking ;)


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: The Sandman
Date: 10 Apr 10 - 06:56 AM

Dick Miles.


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: GUEST,Devon
Date: 10 Mar 10 - 05:39 PM

Roy Bailey, of course.


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: Tim Leaning
Date: 10 Mar 10 - 04:25 AM

Why are so many good singers late?
I suppose its the prima dona thing coming out.


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: GUEST,Guest - Lin
Date: 10 Mar 10 - 02:02 AM

FOR ME:
# 1 - Donovan is at the top of my list!!! I have been a hugh fan for so many years and most recently saw him in concert in Monterey, California in May 2009. He put on a great show and sang many of his early folk ballads as well as some new ones. He will be playing in Los Angeles this month. Hope to see him there!

Then in no particular order but enjoy the music of:
Ralph McTell - UK
Allan Taylor - UK
Simon Nichol - UK
Richard Shindell - USA
John Gorka - USA
The late Jackson C. Franke - USA
Peter Yarrow & Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul & Mary) - USA
Steve Gillete - USA
Bob Dylan - USA - partial to early & mid 60's material of his.
The late John Denver - USA
The late Stan Rogers - Canada
Garnet Rogers - Canada
James Keelaghan - Canada


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: GUEST,Pikey
Date: 09 Mar 10 - 02:24 PM

For vocal quality - Martyn Wyndham-Read and Mike Nicholson.
(Check Mike out on YouTube singing 'Cornish Lads')

Sublime!


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: Tim Leaning
Date: 09 Mar 10 - 02:22 PM

Oh lucy is a red head ;-)


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: GUEST,Steamin' Willie
Date: 09 Mar 10 - 11:51 AM

Steamin' Willie Hardonn

of course....


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: Acorn4
Date: 09 Mar 10 - 08:18 AM

One name that hasn't been mentioned yet is Damien Barber _ I really love his voice although I never went much on Peter Bellamy who was his sort of mentor.


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: Tradsinger
Date: 09 Mar 10 - 05:21 AM

Alex Campbell
Wiggie Smith
Nic Jones

for a start


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: Capo da Monty
Date: 09 Mar 10 - 04:58 AM

Hey Rod. I was beginning to think I was the only Jack Hudson fan left alive!

Cheers
CdM


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: Joe_F
Date: 08 Mar 10 - 06:23 PM

Best for what?


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: GUEST,Rod
Date: 08 Mar 10 - 06:10 PM

.. it's getting late! Strike Lucy...


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: Tim Leaning
Date: 08 Mar 10 - 05:36 PM

A male singer called Lucy?


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: GUEST,Rod
Date: 08 Mar 10 - 05:31 PM

... anybody but those who vote for themselves...

actually, on recent form - Jack Hudson, Len Graham, Steve Turner, Lucy Ward - but it changes week by week...


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 08 Mar 10 - 11:07 AM

Joe Heaney, Dillard Chandler, Horton Barker, Len Graham, Kevin Mitchell, SeŠn ac Donncha, Joseph Taylor, Nioclas ToibŪn, Norman Kennedy, Bob Blake, Geordie Hanna, Darach O' Cathain, Phil Tanner, Josie SeŠn MacDonnadha.

They'll do for starters anyway.


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Subject: RE: best male folk singer?
From: alex s
Date: 08 Mar 10 - 09:00 AM

Roy Williamson for sheer musical genius


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