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Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive

17 Oct 10 - 05:03 AM (#3008896)
Subject: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: Jack Blandiver

I'm trying to come up with a list of folk singers who are still alive - not just the well known ones either, but the truly great voices of the clubs sessions & singarounds who make this music what it is, and who, in an ideal world, would be national treasures. Here's a few of my favourites off the top of my head:

Dave Peters (Preston)
Ian McCulloch (Durham)
Esme Ryder (Northumberland)
Ross Campbell (Fleetwood)
John Jocys (Cheshire)
Tom Walsh (Preston)
Piers Cawley (Doncaster)
Clive Powell (Edinburgh)
Robin Dale (Hartlepool)

Let's have few more!


17 Oct 10 - 05:33 AM (#3008920)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: r.padgett

Well I'm still here

Ray


17 Oct 10 - 05:45 AM (#3008930)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: MGM·Lion

Me too

~M~


17 Oct 10 - 06:09 AM (#3008953)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray

As am I, but - who are the singers you give thanks for each & every day? I'm thinking more of the singers you only ever get to hear in sessions and singarounds.


17 Oct 10 - 06:24 AM (#3008958)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: GUEST,Adam Smith

DICK MILES


17 Oct 10 - 06:44 AM (#3008978)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: GUEST,Warwick Slade

The wonderful Terry McDonald


17 Oct 10 - 07:01 AM (#3008991)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: Susanne (skw)

Ray Fisher
Brian McNeill
Andy Irvine
Arthur Johnston
Heather Heywood

to name but a few I'm glad we're still able to hear


17 Oct 10 - 07:03 AM (#3008992)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: MGM·Lion

I heard recently from Heather Wood who has lived in NY for many years now, and where I have met her once or twice.

~M~


17 Oct 10 - 07:28 AM (#3009004)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: GUEST,Roger F.

Shirley Collins
Peggy Seager
Al Stewart
Jack King   (Folk Cellar, CSH)
Don Wallace (Hampstead Folk Club)
Dom Bonito (Hampstead Folk Club)
Guernsey Pete
Dave & Toni Arthur
Clive Woolf


17 Oct 10 - 07:38 AM (#3009014)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: GUEST,Desi C

How about

DAVE SWARBRICK

IAN CAMPBELL

HARVEY ANDREWS


17 Oct 10 - 07:40 AM (#3009015)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: MGM·Lion

How old need one be to qualify for inclusion in this thread? I mean, young people like Damien Barber Eliza Carthy Nancy Kerr usw? Do we include them? OR DO WE JUST SAY, WELL THEY WOULD STILL BE ALIVE, WOULDN'T THEY? [not shouting: caps unintentional]. Or sort of more middle-aged like Brian Peters or Tim Laycock or Dick Miles, say? [Forgive me, Brian, Tim, Dick; but you know what I mean]. Has anyone mentioned Martin & Norma; or her brother Mike? Frankie Armstrong? Sandra Kerr? John Kirkpatrick? Ian A Anderson?~~ all sort of nearer my age but not there yet...

~Michael~


17 Oct 10 - 07:41 AM (#3009016)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: MGM·Lion

And what about the present, & next, generation of Coppers?

~M~


17 Oct 10 - 07:47 AM (#3009022)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: GUEST,Adam Smith

ADE EDMONSON
JIM MORAY
SHOW OF HANDS


17 Oct 10 - 07:54 AM (#3009032)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)

STING
CHAS AND DAVE


17 Oct 10 - 08:26 AM (#3009047)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: VirginiaTam

Jim Radford Somewhere in London. He is a member of the Folk Mob folk club.

This is his song (meaning he wrote it) recorded last year. It is about the most real song I have every been privileged to hear. About his time in the merchant navy.

Not often you get to hear something live, from the person about their own specific life experience.

BTW.. he is over 82 now I think and still alive and was still kicking ass drinking and singing at the June 2010 Knockholt.


17 Oct 10 - 09:17 AM (#3009082)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)

I'll second Jim Radcliffe, what a nice chap.

"still kicking ass drinking and singing at the June 2010 Knockholt."

Aye, with me and Joy about four in the morning with a fine bellowing chorus of Hog Eye Man that must have rattled a few caravans..


17 Oct 10 - 09:20 AM (#3009083)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)

Oops, make that 'Radford'.


17 Oct 10 - 02:37 PM (#3009292)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: framus

What about Crawford Howard(famously The Diagonal Steam Trap). Still alive and well and living in Belfast.


17 Oct 10 - 03:59 PM (#3009344)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: r.padgett

Some of you must go to unbelievable singarounds to see the names mentioned above!

Ray


17 Oct 10 - 04:42 PM (#3009367)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: kendall

Way too many to list


17 Oct 10 - 07:18 PM (#3009471)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: Slag

Hey! I started a new thread but apparently Joe or someone else didn't think much of it. It didn't last a heart-beat. Some people have NO SENSE of humous! It was titled "Folksingers who are going to die" to which I added "There! That should cover the rest of it" and then I sub-titled "Folksingers who are on there way out". I hope this wasn't offensive to anyone other than the censors and thought police. I thought it was rather amusing! (hmm, wonder how long THIS will last??)


17 Oct 10 - 08:17 PM (#3009498)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: BrooklynJay

My immediate thoughts were:

Pete Seeger
Ronnie Gilbert
Fred Hellerman
Thoedore Bikel
Glenn Yarbrough
Alex Hassilev
Ernie Sheldon (Lieberman)
Chad Mitchell
Mike Kobluk
Joe Frasier
Judy Collins
Joan Baez

And, of course, Mudcat's own Frank (Stringsinger) Hamilton.

Just to name a few...

This could definitely turn into quite a list!

An earlier post by MtheGM mentioned Heather Wood. Happily, Heather was in attendance last night at the final (temporarily) Chantey Sing at South Street in New York City. She was in great form: she lead a song, and participated in an impromptu dance with several of the ladies. It was so nice to see her there.


17 Oct 10 - 08:42 PM (#3009510)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: kendall

We are ALL on our way out.


18 Oct 10 - 03:24 AM (#3009619)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: GUEST,Steamin' Willie

I once died at the Stainsby Festival. Too much beer during the day then on stage early evening. You would have thought as it was nearly 30 years ago... But some kind soul reminded me just the other night. He thought falling off the front of the stage was part of the act.... At least that got a cheer, but not collecting my cheque was dying all the same. Went back the next year as a marshal as a way to say sorry.

Somebody once genuinely died in the audience during my act. She just keeled over and there you go. (A hall in Knott End, Lancashire.) Awful to think her last thought was me singing some inane sing or other.... Just goes to show.. Do you really want to sing THAT song?   What if it is the last thing somebody hears? Tighten up your act Willie, there's a good chap.

Ok, this may be in the wrong thread, but either I am still alive or my pronouncements on religion in the BS threads don't offer up to scrutiny after all (!)


18 Oct 10 - 05:56 AM (#3009665)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: Slag

Not to worry. It's just the end. Only the stuff in front of it is important. Chances are most of us will be doing some little mudane task or sleeping when it comes. I saw a stat once about how many died on the toilet seat. So stop straining already and live a little longer! hey! That might make a good folk song!


18 Oct 10 - 06:08 AM (#3009673)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: Rob Naylor

Wizz Jones is still very much alive.


18 Oct 10 - 06:17 AM (#3009676)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: GUEST,Erik Idol

And... always look on the bright side of life.....

(Can't help but to whistle while reading this thread.)


19 Oct 10 - 12:18 AM (#3010324)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: GUEST,SqueezeMe minus cookie

Is that near Rotherham?


19 Oct 10 - 01:09 AM (#3010331)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: Seamus Kennedy

Kendall Morse.


19 Oct 10 - 02:43 AM (#3010346)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: Dave Hanson

Packie Byrne.

Dave H


19 Oct 10 - 04:23 AM (#3010388)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: GUEST,Walsy Jones

Art Thieme
Seamus Kennedy
Joe Frazier


19 Oct 10 - 09:02 AM (#3010549)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: Gedi

Well at the singaround I go to there are some great singers worth a mention, notably;
Sue Van Galen
Sandra (as in Phil and .....)
Laura
The Bailey Sisters
Dave Bishop.

sorry Sandra and Laura, dont know your surnames but you know who you are.....

Well worth listening to : )
Ged


19 Oct 10 - 10:54 AM (#3010666)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: Larry The Radio Guy

Tom Rapp


19 Oct 10 - 03:11 PM (#3010886)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: Mark Ross

Me, last I checked.

Mark Ross


19 Oct 10 - 03:20 PM (#3010892)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: Art Thieme

I'm here, still, therefore I am!
Art


19 Oct 10 - 04:58 PM (#3010977)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: Mark Ross

If you prefer COGITO ERGO SUM to NON SUM QUALIS ERAM, than you are putting Descartes before Horace.


Mark Ross


19 Oct 10 - 05:37 PM (#3011005)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: YorkshireYankee

Sheffield is an absolutely brilliant place for singers & musicians (trad and otherwise)!

Folks I am lucky enough to hear sing pretty regularly at sessions include (in alphabetical order; links provided if I could find one easily):
Jess Arrowsmith (of Crucible)
Gav Davenport (also of Crucible)
Paul & Liz Davenport
Kate Green an absolutely stunning singer (all four tracks there are excellent, but I particularly recommend Lazarus and I am Stretched on Your Grave)

Other great singers I get to hear in local singing sessions (yes, really!) every now & then:
Jon Boden
James Fagan
Fay Hield
Nancy Kerr
Brian Peters
Graham & Eileen Pratt
Hugh Waller

BTW, did I mention Sheffield is a brilliant place for trad music?


29 Oct 10 - 01:37 PM (#3018670)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: GUEST,susanc

Jean Ritchie
Jack Elliott
Doc Watson (he's been prematurely killed off on the folk singers who died list but so far, so good.


29 Oct 10 - 03:25 PM (#3018769)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: Don Firth

I'm trying to find my pulse. . . .

Don Firth


29 Oct 10 - 03:53 PM (#3018782)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: Bernard

Ted Edwards 'I shall not die!'...


29 Oct 10 - 04:24 PM (#3018802)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: Joe Offer

Instead of just listing folk singers who aren't dead, why not say something about them, or at least make a link to their websites, or something.... I see that Yorkshire Yankee did a very nice job of that above. Assuming nobody minds, I think I'll change some of the other names above into links. We don't change the text of posts, but we often do change text into links (I've seen only one complaint about that practice, which we've been doing for years; so I'm assuming people don't mind).

Lists tend to be tedious, IMHO. Same goes for the dead folksingers - why not give some information about them?

-Joe-


29 Oct 10 - 04:37 PM (#3018820)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: dwditty

Tom Waits


29 Oct 10 - 05:41 PM (#3018884)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)

SOP: "great voices of the clubs sessions & singarounds who make this music what it is,"

Joe: "Instead of just listing folk singers who aren't dead, why not say something about them, or at least make a link to their websites,"

Joe, I think SOP started off the thread by mentioning a few class singers of traditional song that he knows from particular folk scenes, he included the areas he's encountered them personally. These are often people who don't actually have websites to link to. Which is in fact (or so I suspect) the very reason SOP started a thread - ie: in order to encourage others to celebrate these otherwise generally uncelebrated 'local heros'. VTam had the right idea with giving a shout out for Jim Radford (I say that as I've met him too), but I'm a bit unsure about some of the other contributions.


29 Oct 10 - 06:38 PM (#3018938)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: Joe Offer

Still, saying something about the people on the list, would be far better than a simple list. I see now what S O'P intended, but most people didn't get the point.
We have far too many "list threads" that are simply lists. I'd suggest that the lists should go a step farther and furnish actual information. Is it a bad thing to ask for that?
-Joe-


30 Oct 10 - 05:34 PM (#3019515)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: growler

I think I'm still alive, but it is open to question


30 Oct 10 - 06:40 PM (#3019548)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: Deda

http://www.gordonbok.com/
Gordon Bok!


30 Oct 10 - 08:30 PM (#3019607)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: Suegorgeous

I still genuinely REALLY don't get why people start lists here and what others get out of adding to them (unless it's for a specific purpose, like songs for an occasion) - otherwise I find them tedious too...am I missing something? can someone explain to me?


31 Oct 10 - 04:55 AM (#3019839)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray

Well, I started this thread as a place simply to name the names of those living non-celebrity yet equally wonderful singers who make folk music the wonderful thing it is. Not many people got that, and supplied lists of celebrities & I forgot all about it. Otherwise there's nothing to get really - if people are compelled to do these things & contribute to them then surely that's fair enough?


31 Oct 10 - 06:03 AM (#3019856)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: MGM·Lion

Suegorgeous ~~ I find about 90% of the threads of no interest to me whatever; so I simply refrain from clicking on them.

Have you thought of trying that?

Regards

~Michael~


31 Oct 10 - 06:46 AM (#3019863)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: Suegorgeous

SA - indeed - each to their own, I guess! was interested to know -thanks.

MGM - yer a genius, darn it! SILLY ol' me! :)


31 Oct 10 - 07:30 AM (#3019883)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: GUEST,blinddrunkal

2 great blues singers - Portland Bill and Accrington Stanley!


31 Oct 10 - 06:56 PM (#3020331)
Subject: RE: Folk Singers Who Are Still Alive
From: GUEST,Reliza

Not to belabor the point, but: WILL HOLT. In case you don't knonw, I've started a campaign to save, resurrect, and preserve his music for the future. holt was a folk/cabaret singer and songwriter("Lemon Tree," "Raspberries, Strawberries," and "Broadway is a Tame Street (Compared to Our Main Street)," and a number of others. He was at his best, however, performing the Kurt Weill / Bertolt Brecht canon. If you have a Will Holt record and want to share it with the world and the future world, get in touch with me (rwolfson@datastep.com), and I'll give you the instructions for FedExing me the album (FedEx charges both ways to be charged to my account) and within the same week, you'll receive back both your original album as well as the current CDs for the collection. You will, of course, receive the complete set of CDs once I've collected as many albums as I can find. All contributors will be listed in the liner notes (credit where credit is due, after all). So please search your collections and see if you find the odd Will Holt album lying around.

r