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I need a new favourite female trad/folk singer

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Message 1 - posted by mark Lundgren (U12024609) , Jun 9, 2009

For years now,June Tabor and Karan Casey have been the two women who could really reach me intimately by dint of their voices and of their choice of material and delivery.Seeing that I am an insatiable folk/trad afficianado,I cannot get enough of these two performers.An artist can only produce so much art in a given period.In light of this I need suggestions of women in these genres who reach YOU deeply,so that I might investigate their works.Please and thank you.
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Message 2 - posted by Banjiman (U9314787) , Jun 9, 2009

www.myspace.com/wendyarrowsmith

She reaches me deeply in so many ways!

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Message 3 - posted by Banjiman (U9314787) , Jun 9, 2009

www.myspace.com/wend...

........and even more so when the link works!

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Message 4 - posted by david burland (U8884725) , Jun 10, 2009

Jackie Oates is a very soulful singer, and lets the song do it's work. Christine Collister is an amazingly versatile singer equally at home with new songs or tradional ones. Kate Rusby !!
Heather Haywood wonderful Scots singer of mostly traditional songs.

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Message 5 - posted by neilfatea (U4774432) , Jun 10, 2009

Cornwall's Kim Guy is well worth giving a listen, as is Scotland's Robyn Gray, both work well with traditional songs as well as bringing in new songs in a traditional style.

Katriona Gilmore well worth visiting as both singer and musician.

Cheers

Neil

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Message 6 - posted by Euphoria (U2051107) , Jun 10, 2009

Julie Murphy, Bella Hardy, and of course Eliza Carthy. Also look out for newcomer Olivia Chaney (myspace - her name i.i.r.c.). + seconded for Jackie Oates.

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Message 7 - posted by Pete Standing (U1770202) , Jun 10, 2009

I would also recommend Julie Murphy. Norma Waterson is worth checking out too, in my opinion.

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Message 8 - posted by BevStapleton (U1715920) , Jun 10, 2009

If you are happy to listen to traditional music in a foreign tongue I would recommend these two marvellous Swedish singers:

Ulrika Boden - on her own or with the bands Ranarim or Kalabra.

Lena Willemark - again, records on her own but also with the wonderful Frifot. Great cattle calling songs!

And in a collective mode, the women from Finland's Varttina are electrifying.

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Message 9 - posted by Breasonable (U13464686) , Jun 10, 2009

How about Kristina Olsen

www.kristinaolsen.ne...

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Message 10 - posted by Decofay (U3427744) , Jun 10, 2009

There are so many but as well as those mentioned I'd suggest:

From USA: Mindy Smith and Ina May Wool
From England: Thea Gilmore, The Threlfall Sisters
From Scotland: Karine Polwart, Emily Smith, Karen Matheson, Eddi Reader
From Ireland: Mairead ni Mhaonaigh, Maighread Ni Dhomhnall, Niamh Parsons, Muireann Nic Amhlaoimh

for starters...

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Message 11 - posted by Decofay (U3427744) , Jun 10, 2009

And almost forgot
From Australia: Kate Burke, Ruth Hazleton and Kate Fagan

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Message 12 - posted by Lesterchannon (U13892770) , Jun 10, 2009

This Irish substitute has to be Mary McPartlan. Two sublime albums so far but criminally underrated.
For the June Tabor substitute, a combination of Lisa Knapp, Bella Hardy and Jackie Oates.
And you may want to try out Karine Polwart too (especially her Flowers Ooer The Forest album)

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Message 13 - posted by James Aloysious Moray (U1676652) , Jun 10, 2009

I might be a bit biased on Jackie Oates (for or against, you decide...) but objectively, I don't think any of the above come anywhere close to June Tabor or Sandy Denny.

The only person who does (in my opinion) is Olivia Chaney, who might well be my favourite singer at the moment.

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Message 14 - posted by Jane Bird (U1648406) , Jun 10, 2009

How about Lauren McCormick? I think there's something mesmeric about the way she delivers a song, and she does have great taste in songs!

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Message 15 - posted by Pete Standing (U1770202) , Jun 11, 2009

I have to agree with Jim, there are some worthy singers mentioned, but June is, IMO, far and away the best and on a different level. This might sound harsh, but I don't think there is anyone of the current new crop who has that maturity, tone and experience to deliver in the way that June can.

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Message 16 - posted by Banjiman (U9314787) , Jun 11, 2009

What a load of balderdash (IMHO) there are plenty of the young crop who are truly excellent. I saw jackie Oates a couple of weeks ago and she held be spellbound for her entire set. There are others mentioned here who have done the same thing.

I suppose that rosy glow of youth and of the first time you heard someone can colour your judgement. I suppose folk music by its very nature is backward looking though.

Tell you what, that Jim Moray can't hold a candle to the likes of Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson and all the other old dudes.........LoL

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Message 17 - posted by James Aloysious Moray (U1676652) , Jun 11, 2009

No, and I'm fully aware of that.

My point is that June and Sandy are/were properly virtuosic singers and there isn't anyone (male or female) with that level of technical brilliance at the moment, aside from possibly Olivia Chaney who I mentioned above.

I know how good my sister and my friends are and I'm very proud of them, but we're all straggling way behind JT as a singer - she's just the best.

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Message 18 - posted by lyrabellaccqua (U13778783) , Jun 11, 2009

Miranda Sykes is pretty amazing..

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Message 19 - posted by Ian Anderson (U1632682) , Jun 11, 2009

Well here's a strange coincidence - I just got back from recording an interview for the MH show about 30 years of fRoots and where we are now, and one of the tracks I play is an as-yet unreleased one by Olivia Chaney. I think I even mentioned that you thought she was rather good. Also got in some as-yet-unreleased Ian King and a track off Nancy Wallace's album. Anyway, goes out June 24th if people want to hear some Olivia.

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Message 20 - posted by Banjiman (U9314787) , Jun 11, 2009

Jim,

I'm only joking (about you, not your Sister, she's great). I really like what you are doing, it's a breath of fresh air.

Though I agree JT is also great I really don't think think she is any better at putting a song across than the best of todays crop. These judgements are always subjective though aren't they? Even a description like "technical brillance" usually means "I really like them".

I'm far more interested in what people are producing/ performing NOW rather than how great they were 20 or 30 years ago.

I really don't think the icons that you identify are any "better" NOW (i.e. I don't enjoy them any more) than some of today's famous and not so famous performers.

IMHO of course.

Paul

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