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Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer

18 Nov 16 - 08:33 PM (#3821447)
Subject: WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FEMALE FOLK SINGER
From: kendall

PRISCILLA HERDMAN.


18 Nov 16 - 08:35 PM (#3821448)
Subject: RE: wHO IOS YOUR FAVORITE FEMALE FOLK SINGER
From: kendall

DAMN CAPSLOCK


18 Nov 16 - 08:49 PM (#3821452)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: Joe Offer

Hmmm. I'd say the trio of Herdman, Anne Hills, and Cindy Mangsen.
Emily Smith of Scotland is a close second, along with Janet Russell and also Niamh Parsons of Ireland.
-Joe-


18 Nov 16 - 10:26 PM (#3821474)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: Mike in Brunswick

I'm not familiar with Ms. CAPSLOCK, but Herdsman is certainly in the top tier, along with Joan Baez, Karan Casey, and Debbie Smith.

Mike


19 Nov 16 - 04:51 AM (#3821495)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: gillymor

Ms. CAPSLOCK was a major talent whose career was stifled by her given name, as I recall.
I like Connie Dover, Karine Polwart, Joni Mitchell among many others.


19 Nov 16 - 05:58 AM (#3821501)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: BobKnight

Siobhan Miller, Fiona Hunter (Malinky) Kathleen MacInnes, Karine Polwart, Iona Fyfe (a teenager with a sublime voice for Trad music) Check her out, she'll be a big star in Scots trad music, and is already well on her way. Shona Donaldson - First Female winner of the supreme bothy ballad champion of champions, and well deserved too. We have so many great female singers here in Scotland, it's difficult to narrow them down. No doubt in an hour, I can come up with half a dozen more to add to that wonderful selection.


19 Nov 16 - 06:07 AM (#3821504)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: Johnny J

Was Sandy Denny..... and when I listen to her again, she probably still is.


19 Nov 16 - 06:25 AM (#3821507)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: Johnny J

Lots of good ones around today, of course.

Bella Hardy from England. In Scotland, Fiona Hunter and Robyn Stapleton are two of my favourites. There are many more though.

I've also been to see Iona Fyfe too and I agree with Bob that she's very promising.


19 Nov 16 - 09:06 AM (#3821521)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: Rob Naylor

Julie Fowlis, limiting choice to people who are alive.


19 Nov 16 - 10:40 AM (#3821530)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: Effsee

Dolores Keane


19 Nov 16 - 10:51 AM (#3821532)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: GUEST,rewster

Emily Smith


19 Nov 16 - 11:09 AM (#3821538)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: frogprince

Did someone mention Herdman, Hills, and Mangsen ? : )

I have to say Anne Hills is my favorite of the three. They're all terrific; it's just that Anne is the one I've had the most chance to be addicted to for over thirty years now.


19 Nov 16 - 12:14 PM (#3821562)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: Bat Goddess

Frankie Armstrong...Norma Waterson...Belle Stuart...Jeannie Robertson...Maddy Prior...Jean Redpath...Dolly and Shirley Collins...June Tabor...Anne Briggs...

Linn


19 Nov 16 - 12:31 PM (#3821569)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: jojofolkagogo

I think Joan Baez is still tops !

Jo


19 Nov 16 - 12:35 PM (#3821571)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: keberoxu

Who is like Odetta?


19 Nov 16 - 01:07 PM (#3821581)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: GUEST,Modette

Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, closely followed by Karan Casey, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and Lasairfhíona Ní Chonaola. I've also a soft spot for Cara Dillon and her sister Mary.


19 Nov 16 - 02:29 PM (#3821590)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: BobKnight

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh has the best voice, I even bought one of her CD's although I don't understand a word, like Kathleen MacInnes, the sound of the voice is enough.

Some more - Gillian Bowman, and nobody can beat Sylvia Barnes for emotional feel in a song. The aforementioned Robyn Stapleton is wonderful too, and Emily Smith is one of very few people I have three CD's of.


19 Nov 16 - 02:35 PM (#3821593)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: GUEST,Some bloke

The Watersons have always had a place in my ear and these days I find myself listening to Norma with Eliza quite often.

Nostalgically, Maddy Prior and her distinctive voice will always be up there.

Bella Hardy, June Tabor.... quite a list really. I could rattle on all day listing them.


19 Nov 16 - 04:11 PM (#3821609)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: Gurney

Well, if you regard blues and jazz as folk.... Madeleine Peyroux.

If you don't, all the ladies listed above.


19 Nov 16 - 05:29 PM (#3821622)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman

An idiosyncratic list. Apologies for including two to three in the categories; choices are hard to make and they all rate mention among the best.

American revivalists: Hally Wood, with Peggy Seeger a close second.

British/Irish revivalists: Isla Cameron. Second: Frankie Armstrong. Third: Maddy Prior, I think.

American early country: Sara Carter. I confess a manic fondness for the glorious Patsy Montana, not traditional at all, but one of the great voices of all time.

Blues: traditional:   Geeshie Wiley. Lottie Kimbrough.

Blueswomen, classic: Ida Cox, I think. near tie: Ma Rainey. 3rd: Victoria Spivey, Sippie Wallace, and Bessie Smith is of course in there somewhere too.

American traditional: It is very hard to beat Cousin Emmy (Jo May Creasey) of Kentucky, though she made her career primarily singing non-traditional songs.

Purer American traditional: the "Barbara Allen" of Rebecca Tarwater (Library of Congress) is priceless. Lena Bare Turbyfill Brockwell (Library of Congress). Lily Mae Ledford certainly. I feel I'm leaving out two or three that haven't come to mind. The greatest current Appalachian traditional singer I've heard is Elizabeth LaPrell.

British/Irish traditional: being a yank I'm less of a judge, but: Sarah Makem. Belle Stewart. Triona na Dhomnaill. I know I am leaving out others that I haven't thought of.

Heartfelt best and grace notes to every one of them. Bob


19 Nov 16 - 07:33 PM (#3821638)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: michaelr

Not a fan of the wispy childlike sopranos, I love Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Mairead Ni Dhomnaill, Niamh Parsons, the incomparable Karen Matheson (Capercaillie), and the much-maligned (unfairly so) Eddi Reader.

This side of the pond, Connie Dover. And Eva Cassidy was a bit good.


19 Nov 16 - 07:51 PM (#3821640)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: GUEST

UK's Polly Bolton deserves more than a mention.
gecko


19 Nov 16 - 08:02 PM (#3821642)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: Steve Shaw

Sandy Denny. Shirley Collins.


19 Nov 16 - 08:30 PM (#3821648)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: GUEST, DTM

Karine Polwart
Siobhan Miller

Best ever (eclectic folky) Eva Cassidy


20 Nov 16 - 12:51 AM (#3821668)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: Thompson

Nora Ghriallais, Dolores Keane, Kate Rusby…


20 Nov 16 - 01:53 AM (#3821671)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: GUEST

From UK, Marie Little, Eileen Pratt, Annie Dearman and Chris Coe
From US, Debra Cowan
From Canada, the late Vera Johnson
From Australia, Margaret Walters, and although not considered mainstream folk, Judith Durham from The Seekers

Collaborations: Can't go past Silly Sisters (Maddy and June)

All powerful voices (not a fan of the wispy childlike sopranos either!)

Thank you, ladies, for your great work.


20 Nov 16 - 03:33 PM (#3821758)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: oldhippie

Carolyn Hester. Always.


20 Nov 16 - 04:01 PM (#3821760)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: GUEST,kenny

Karine Polwart


20 Nov 16 - 05:55 PM (#3821770)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: GUEST,RA

Scotland: Elizabeth Stewart... also, those no longer with us: Sheila Stewart, Lizzie Higgins, Jeannie Robertson, Flora MacNeil.

Ireland: Radie Peat... also, those no longer with us: Brigid Tunney, Elizabeth Cronin, Mary Delaney.

England: Shirley Collins, Anne Briggs, June Tabor... and, no longer with us, Lal Waterson.


20 Nov 16 - 06:13 PM (#3821773)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: GeoffLawes

Peta Webb


20 Nov 16 - 07:09 PM (#3821779)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: Elmore

Rosalie Sorrels, Debby McClatchy, Barbara Dane. {but really Priscilla Herdman.}


21 Nov 16 - 07:16 AM (#3821833)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: GUEST,Desi C

I always equally rated Rosie Hardiman and June Tabor


21 Nov 16 - 09:03 AM (#3821850)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: GUEST,silver

Joan Baez, Anne Hills, Julie Fowlis and Debra Cowan have all been mentioned here, and I agree. I'd like to add Padraigín Ní Uallacháin.


21 Nov 16 - 09:04 AM (#3821851)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: GUEST,silver

AND Anne Dodson!!!


21 Nov 16 - 03:23 PM (#3821924)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: Dickmac

Can't disagree with any of the above Scottish artistes. I don't know too much about the current English and Irish scene although there are some that I've seen perform and heard on CD that are very good.
Last Thursday I had the pleasure of going to a gig in the Irvine Harbour Arts Centre where Eleanor McEvoy gave a wonderful performance
A very talented and entertaining performer.
p.s.
And I almost forgot my wife, Maureen


21 Nov 16 - 03:34 PM (#3821928)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: Tattie Bogle

Yes, pretty well everyone on Bob Knight's list for me, and I'd add in Mairi Campbell.
As a trio of female voices: Craig , Morgan and Robson: Sarah, of course, so sadly missed, but Carolyn and Moira sound great as a duo.


21 Nov 16 - 04:16 PM (#3821934)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: GUEST,Lin

The top of the list is a 100% - Joan Baez
Also, Sandy Denny, Judy Collins would be next on my list but Joan Baez at # 1.


24 Nov 16 - 08:34 AM (#3822441)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: cetmst

Listing only those I've seen in person and in no specific order:
Jean Ritchie. Jean Redpath, Priscilla Herdman, Anne Hills, Cindy Mangsen, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Maddy Prior, Susan Reed, Peggy Seeger, Connie Dover, Buffy Ste.-Marie, Jane Wilcox Hively, Custer LaRue, Ann Mayo Muir, Bonnie Rideout.
Among those heard but not seen: June Tabor, Joni Mitchell, Rosalie Sorrels, Ann Dodson, Judy Small, Cynthia Gooding, Cathy Barton.
Overall favorite? probably Jean Ritchie, but changes depending on whom I'm listening to.


24 Nov 16 - 08:47 AM (#3822443)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: Dave the Gnome

Judith Durham. Sinead O'Conner. Annie Lennox.

Shall we start a bunfight about what is folk music? :-)

DtG


24 Nov 16 - 02:59 PM (#3822521)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: Anglo

Hedy West. Unfortunately no longer with us.


24 Nov 16 - 04:48 PM (#3822533)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: GUEST

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau


24 Nov 16 - 07:28 PM (#3822558)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: Stewie

Eleanor Shanley, Niamh Parsons, Ginny Hawker, Barbara Dane, Jean Redpath

--Stewie.


25 Nov 16 - 12:06 PM (#3822665)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: GUEST,RA

Emily Portman from England is a great contemporary singer.


26 Nov 16 - 03:01 AM (#3822756)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: Rusty Dobro

Gretchen Peters.

Interesting that no-one has mentioned Kate Rusby...


26 Nov 16 - 04:05 AM (#3822763)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: GUEST

Kate and Anna McGarrigle.


26 Nov 16 - 04:20 AM (#3822765)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: GUEST,Dave Illingworth

Dolores Keane

Hazel Dickens -   no longer with us but, to my mind, the finest (and rawest) female singer in the American tradition.

Carole Prior (now living near Edinburgh)

Sylvia Couchman (now living in Surrey)


26 Nov 16 - 04:49 AM (#3822766)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: Tattie Bogle

Add Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Sylvia Barnes and Maddy Prior to my list.


26 Nov 16 - 07:18 AM (#3822783)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: gillymor

Aoife O'Donovan who like Karan Casey is quite a versatile singer. Should mention Molly Andrews as well and all 3 ladies in the Waylin' Jennies. Also the late Ola Belle Reed who also wrote some great songs.


26 Nov 16 - 07:30 AM (#3822786)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: gillymor

How could I forget Carol Elizabeth Jones who did (does) some of the definitive versions of old time songs for me. Also tops is Pharis Romero who performs with her husband Jason.


26 Nov 16 - 11:39 AM (#3822844)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: GUEST,henryp

Looking forward to tonight. We're off to Bolton to support and accompany Janet Russell.


26 Nov 16 - 02:20 PM (#3822869)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: GUEST,kendall

There are so many that I haven't heard, it's hardl;y fair to name one.
Caroline Paton, Jean Redpath, Cilla Fisher,Kathy Westra, Helen Schneyer, now deceased. Ann Mayo Muir.Sara Grey, All near the top of my list.

I'm not a guest, been here for years.


26 Nov 16 - 02:34 PM (#3822876)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: MaineDog

Custer LaRue, especially when she sings old ballads with the Baltimore Consort, or early music like "O Mistress Mine" !


27 Nov 16 - 05:20 AM (#3822980)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: Hrothgar

Joan Baez
Judith Durham
Jenny Fitzgibbon


28 Nov 16 - 04:14 AM (#3823189)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: Teribus

Judy Dinning sadly no longer with us.


28 Nov 16 - 11:33 AM (#3823266)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: frogprince

Kendall was wiser than to ask for "the BEST" of the lot; there would be no justifiable way to even begin to narrow down a list of stellar people like we've built up. I skimmed thru again to verify that Peggy Seeger has been mentioned; I've just been listening to some of her great stuff.


28 Nov 16 - 12:38 PM (#3823285)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: Alan Day

Megan Wisdom a young Folk Singer from Suffolk.
Al


28 Nov 16 - 03:18 PM (#3823321)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: GUEST,Dave

Ann Briggs in the late 60s and very early 70s was superb. There was an excellent singer from Yorkshire, pretty much a contemporary of Ann Briggs called Janet Jones. Amongst the US singers, Hedy West.


02 Dec 16 - 11:14 AM (#3824092)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: GeoffLawes

Peta Webb Sings Moorlough Shore


03 Dec 16 - 03:38 AM (#3824208)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: GUEST,LynnH

Not in any order of preference:.......June Tabor..........Chris Coe........the McGarrigles.........Janis Ian


03 Dec 16 - 08:23 PM (#3824348)
Subject: RE: Who Is Your Favorite Female Folk Singer
From: Dug

June Tabor, Karine Polwart, Margaret Walters, Jennifer Lees, Christine Wheeler.