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Thread #117504   Message #2532131
Posted By: Stringsinger
05-Jan-09 - 12:40 PM
Thread Name: Folk Music: Recommendations For a Newby
Subject: RE: Folk Music: Recommendations For a Newby
Rosie, go back, go back, go back to the early recordings. Remember, too, that the voices you hear may be untrained and harsh to some ears but they carry the emotion and the history of the times.

Margaret Barry, (The Irish Tinker Lady), Jeannie Robertson (from Scotland), Texas Gladden (from American Appalachia), Vera Hall (From Alabama), Almeda Riddle (Appalachian)
Jean Ritchie (a must hear who is a great songwriter as well as tradition carrier from the Cumberlands of Kentucky), Aunt Molly Jackson, Florence Reese (early labor singers)
and in later times of course my late friend Odetta, Sweet Honey In The Rock, and lesser known by the public women singers such as Lucy Murphy, Hally Wood, Bess Hawes, Peggy Seeger, Sara Grey........there are so many.

These women have an important part in the legacy of folk music. They are the carriers
of the tradition. Today, there are a great many fine singers such as Judy Collins, the ladies
in Celtic Woman, but the important thing is to study the tradition by going back to the old recordings and finding out what folk music really is. You are not going to be able to accurately reproduce any of them but what you will gain is an understanding of your own voice in this music and why this music is so durable. It is not subject to public popular whims even in the nouveau-folk scene. To understand history go back, go back, go back.

Frank Hamilton