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Posted By: GUEST,Shimrod
04-Jan-09 - 03:47 PM
Thread Name: Folk Music: Recommendations For a Newby
Subject: RE: Folk Music: Recommendations For a Newby
I have to endorse Ruth Archer's recommendations - Topic's Voice of the People is essential listening - and the sampler is as good a place to start as any. Of all the great British trad. singers recorded - and I absolutely had to pick one for each UK country, I would have to say:

England: Sam Larner
Scotland: Lizzie Higgins
Ireland: Joe Heaney
Wales: Phil Tanner

Not easy choices - and they might change tomorrow.

For revivalists you have to listen to Ewan MacColl and Bert Lloyd, of course (even though you can't have the enormous privilege, as I had, of listening to them live - poor you!). I also like Shirley Collins but for sheer awesome, beautiful singing you can't beat early Frankie Armstrong. There's a compilation CD of her early work called: 'Lovely on the Water' (Fellside FECD151, 2000). It's fabulous!! I hope it's still available.