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Posted By: Richard Bridge
04-Jan-09 - 10:12 AM
Thread Name: Folk Music: Recommendations For a Newby
Subject: RE: Folk Music: Recommendations For a Newby
Rosie, you say that your first focus was "unaccompanied traditional English and Irish songs".

I can't suggest anything on the Irish front.

But the YT who I suggested earlier included the famous (late) Peter Bellamy and they are in my mind the finest exponents of English tradiional song in harmony - better even than the Copper family.

If unaccompanies English song pushes your buttons you might also try the Watersons and/or Anne Briggs.

Probably the best guitar accompanist of English traditional song is Martin Carthy. He might or might not be the best guitarist as such (some would say Martin Simpson for that) but for the way the accompaniment weaves into the song I think there are really only two contenders: Martin Carthy and Nic Jones.

Scottish song, you might want to try Ian Bruce - he has recently done some recordings of some very unvarnished rude Burns songs and he has a spectacular voice.

June Tabor is for me the most admirable female singer. Very restrained and controlled, and you need to ignore the sometimes intrusive piano arrangements on some songs.

Eliza Carthy is also admirable, but I would steer clear of the Blue Murder CD, the Anglo-American harmony style puts me right off.

Shanties - try Kimber's Men. An earthshaking wall of harmony.

I like the first couple of recordings from Ramskyte - after that they get a bit too religious for me.

If you like pretty harmony, you could try the Devil's Interval or Lynn Herauld and Pat Turner.