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What's your favorite female duet?

22 Mar 04 - 07:07 PM (#1143360)
Subject: What's your favorite female duet?
From: GUEST,emily rain

Just starting out with a new singin' partner, and looking for ideas. our first duet was "Prodigal Daughter" from Michelle Shocked's Arkansas Traveler, which went swimmingly. but then I thrust the Silly Sisters into her hand, and she seemed overwhelmed. :)

[Many song titles in this thread have been converted to links by a Mudelf.]


22 Mar 04 - 07:38 PM (#1143389)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: open mike

The Indigo Girls are good! nice harmonies, good material.
I just heard aned saw them last night on satelite...a free concert.
Ann Hills and Cindy Mangsen have a duo album called "Never Grow Up"
Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick do an album togther called...."Together"
And Holly Near and Chris Williamson have a c.d. called Chris and Holly.
Then there is Trio.....not a duet, but good...Dolly Parton, Emmy Lou Harris and Linda Ronstadt.
Another Trio is called Hot Soup!
There are a few sister acts--again maybe more than 2, but good
Burns sisters, Bird Sisters,
Again, more than two, but the Four Bitchin Babes are out rageous...
These are all favorites, oh i cannot narrow it down to just one!(or 2)


22 Mar 04 - 07:41 PM (#1143394)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: GUEST,emily rain

oops, sorry, i'm especially interested in your favorite songs that are sung as duets. but thank you for this nearly exhaustive list of resources! :) i'm off to the library to put some stuff on hold!


22 Mar 04 - 07:58 PM (#1143406)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Eve Goldberg

Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard do wonderful old-time and bluegrass music-- I think they are particularly interesting for the way they put songs together as a duo.

If you are interested in old-time country music, a lot of original The Carter Family recordings featured Maybelle and Sara Carter doing some great duet singing. (A.P. was there, but he would sort of come in and then leave again, so in a lot of ways I would say their sound featured duet singing more than trio singing)

Po' Girl is a duo from British Columbia who are making waves these days. I haven't heard much of them, but what I did hear I thought was great.


22 Mar 04 - 08:14 PM (#1143417)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: MickyMan

I also love the Silly Sisters. How about something slow to get started like "GREY FUNNEL LINE". What kind of accompaniment do you use? For old-timey stuff, I agree that you can't go wrong with the Carter Family and they may very well work out great if you're looking in your local library. Although they are a trio and get kind of complex, the group "Voices" with Cindy Mangson,(forgot the others) are wonderful.


23 Mar 04 - 04:27 AM (#1143603)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Dave Hanson

If you saw the concert of the music from ' Oh Brother Where Art Thou 'then you will have seen Gillian Welch and Allison Kraus singing 'I'LL FLY AWAY' female duos don't come any better.
eric


23 Mar 04 - 05:04 AM (#1143615)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Alio

For young ones - Rachel and Becky Unthank are wonderful unaccompanied singers.


23 Mar 04 - 05:21 AM (#1143617)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: The Borchester Echo

I agree. The Unthanks are brilliant. As are the (4) Witches of Elswick. Plenty of examples of female voice harmonies there.

Of those who have been around longer, the repertoires of Jane & Amanda Threlfall and Kate & Anna McGarrigle are worth a look.


23 Mar 04 - 05:50 AM (#1143632)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: GUEST

Although falling short of your gender requirement, the two albums by Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez have some great duets. I particularly like the song Confessions on their last album (Trainwreck records).

On her new CD, Nora Jones does a great duet with Dolly Parton (who seems to have done good duets with everyone).

Try Chris While and Julie Matthews too.

Enjoy


23 Mar 04 - 05:52 AM (#1143634)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: GUEST,Nick

THE PARTING GLASS - Janet Russell and Christine Kydd
THE TERROR TIME - Janet Russell and Christine Kydd
THERE AIN'T NO SWEET MAN THAT'S WORTH THE SALT OF MY TEARS - Eliza Carthy and Norma Waterson


23 Mar 04 - 09:47 AM (#1143794)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: GUEST

Kate and Anna McGarrigle...perfection..the best ever.


23 Mar 04 - 10:36 AM (#1143831)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Little Hawk

Kate and Anna McGarrigle.

I would also like to mention The Wailin' Jennies...a marvelous Canadian female trio who are all fine singersongwriters on an individual basis as well. Look 'em up on the Net, and go see them if you can.

- LH


23 Mar 04 - 10:43 AM (#1143841)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: breezy

Last Sunday it was Christine Connolley and Vanessa Papavgeris but you have to come to St Albans on a Sunday to hear them.


23 Mar 04 - 10:45 AM (#1143845)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: IanC

I don't like to be pedantic here, or annoy anyone (not half) but Emily was looking for DUETS not DUOS ... anybody know the difference?

;-)


23 Mar 04 - 10:57 AM (#1143866)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: GUEST

Silly Sisters


23 Mar 04 - 11:51 AM (#1143916)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Little Hawk

Nice point, Ian. I like one in French by Kate and Anna, but I can't recall the name of it.


23 Mar 04 - 12:08 PM (#1143932)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: GUEST

I`d love to see Shania Twain and Liz Hurley together!!


23 Mar 04 - 12:33 PM (#1143957)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: open mike

yes i know the diff. but the duos i know all sing wonderful duets!


23 Mar 04 - 12:38 PM (#1143962)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Backstage Manager(inactive)


23 Mar 04 - 12:45 PM (#1143964)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Backstage Manager(inactive)

I meant to say my favorite female duet was "GREY FUNNEL LINE" by Maddy Prior and June Tabor from the Silly Sisters album.

I also really like "WILLIE MOORE" by Joan Baez and Kate & Anna McGarrigle, but that would be a trio offering.


23 Mar 04 - 01:02 PM (#1143981)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: GUEST,Blind DRunk in Blind River

Okay, like...my favirite feamle diet is: blondes, brownettes, and rehdheads. Any which way they come, eh?

- BDiBR


23 Mar 04 - 03:30 PM (#1144134)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: GUEST,marie (devon)

I heard Sylvia and Rowena in Cornwall. Anyone ever heard them. Thought their harmony singing was very good.


23 Mar 04 - 03:57 PM (#1144166)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: GUEST,Martin Gibson

Waylon and Willie


23 Mar 04 - 04:15 PM (#1144177)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Phil Cooper

Kate Early & Margaret Nelson's rendition of THE FALSE BRIDE


23 Mar 04 - 05:04 PM (#1144225)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Burke

Ginny Hawker & Kay Justice: Bristol, A Tribute to the Carter Family


23 Mar 04 - 05:34 PM (#1144237)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: GUEST,Martin Gibson

Brooks & Dunn


23 Mar 04 - 05:48 PM (#1144254)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: GUEST

Allison Kraus & anybody!


23 Mar 04 - 06:07 PM (#1144280)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: GUEST,chinmusic

Kate Breslin and Katy Moffatt.


23 Mar 04 - 06:54 PM (#1144315)
Subject: RE: What's your favourite female duet?
From: McGrath of Harlow

The Fraser Sisters, Jo Freya and Fi Fraser. (Especially maybe when Ralph Jordan is playing for them.)
................

You do realise that, with a title like that, if this thread stretches out a little, we can expect to get companion threads "What's your favourite female diet?" and "What's your favourite female duvet?"

Actually, doesn't the term "duet" mean a piece for two sohers/musicians, while the term for two singers performing together is normally "duo". I get the impression that emily rain, in starting this thread, was in fact using it in the former sense.


23 Mar 04 - 07:12 PM (#1144324)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Mr Happy

Taggart &


23 Mar 04 - 07:45 PM (#1144354)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Damon

Hello Guest marie,

I've only heard Sylvia and Rowena on CD so far, but really would like to hear them properly.
I know the old boy who taught them to sing, and he's very, very proud of them...puffs his chest out every time they're mentioned!

all the best

damon


23 Mar 04 - 07:49 PM (#1144363)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Bobert

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the Indigo Girls who I would have to say is my favorite though Gillian Welsh and Allison Krause did a nice job on "Oh Brother" but I don't consider them a female duet since this was purdy much a one time thing...

Bobert


23 Mar 04 - 08:31 PM (#1144390)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Tattie Bogle

Apart from the cat duet "Meeeeaouwww" (Lesley Garrett managed to do both parts by some technical wizardry!) - Macalias (Gill Bowman and Karine Polwart) - they are both a duo AND do duets when they sing two songs against each other, which harmonise and work very well, e.g. "FINE FLOWERS IN THE VALLEY" and "BONNY AT MORN"


23 Mar 04 - 09:33 PM (#1144420)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Art Thieme

Laurel Bliss and Carol Elizabeth Jones have what has to be a great CD out. I've not heard it though. Will soon though. Carol Elizabeth Jones is one of my favorite singers of old songs ever. Wish she'd do a solo album.

Art Thieme


23 Mar 04 - 09:51 PM (#1144426)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: jaze

Emmylou Harris and Nicolette Larsen on "HELLO STRANGER" Sad they didn't do more together.


24 Mar 04 - 02:26 AM (#1144544)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Kaleea

Might we consider giving our guest, Emily, actual NAMES OF SONGS which are preferable for 2 female voices to harmonize?

Having said that, some of my old favs which are easy to harmonize ("gospel" 3rds most of the way) & enjoyed by most audiences, are often overlooked 'cause they are from the old tried & true department (most are Traditional or in the public domain):

Bluegrass--MIDNIGHT ON THE STORMY DEEP--a Traditional song which has long been thought of as a powerful duet (with lyrics adjusted to all be in the female 1st person)

also, DON'T THIS ROAD LOOK ROUGH AND ROCKY or ANGEL BAND--gospel 3rds most all the way through, good to learn harmony.

Hymns---IN THE GARDEN, Sweet Hour of Prayer, or WHISPERING HOPE

Gospel-----When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder, His Name Is Wonderful, KEEP ON THE SUNNY SIDE, & zillions of others

Spirituals----In The Upper Room With Jesus (the really old one Mahalia sang!), THERE IS A BALM IN GILEAD, STANDING IN THE NEED OF PRAYER, SINNER WILL BE RUNNIN' ON THAT GREAT DAY, & tons more.

From the old-time hit parade----Catch A Falling Star (and put it in your pocket), VAYA CON DIOS, DON'T LET THE STARS GET IN YOUR EYES (I liked Homer & Jethro's lyrics [DON'T LET THE STARS GET IN YOUR EYEBALLS] better, & you can find their lyrics in old mudcat threads!), Standin' On The Corner (watchin' all the girls/boys go by) True Love (I give to you & you give to me, Love forever true==Sung in the old movie by Bing & Grace Kelly! before it was resurrected a few years ago), He Loves and She Loves, & lots of other Broadway songs.

From the great composer of great operas:
Rossini--Duetto Buffo di du Gatti (comic duet of the cats-aka: sopranos) preferably sung in the original Italian lyrics: "Miau." This one may be my all-time fav duet to perform!


24 Mar 04 - 03:33 AM (#1144568)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: fat B****rd

The Flower Duet Delibes
I Can't Stand It -- The Soul Sisters
MY HUSBAND'S GOT NO COURAGE IN HIM

Good thread, Emily Rain


24 Mar 04 - 03:47 AM (#1144571)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: GUEST,Diana

"O Light of the Morning" - for alto and low soprano, just as someone asked for. It's a very moving Christian song, arranged for harp and one or two voices, but would work fine on the guitar too. You can find it at www.valkyriepub.com.


24 Mar 04 - 09:10 AM (#1144777)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Nick

SILVER DAGGER - Maggie Boyle (I think) and not sure who (self perhaps?) on a Steve Tilston album


24 Mar 04 - 09:34 AM (#1144807)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Nick

Further to last post it's on "Of Moor and Mesa" Steve Tilston and Maggie Boyle (and if there are any pedants about, there are two female voices on the track!)


24 Mar 04 - 02:15 PM (#1145030)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: GUEST,sylvia

Hi Damon
Thanks for your comments. Rowena and I still sing together,but now also sing in a three part harmony group calling ourselves Thorn and Roses. The guy who sings with us is Jinks Jenkin of Jinks Stack fame.
Who is this guy who taught us to sing?
We both sang individually, before we met at The Swan Folk club in Wadebridge MANY years ago!!


24 Mar 04 - 02:21 PM (#1145035)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Mary Humphreys

The Keane Sisters of Caherlistrane, County Galway. they sang in unison some of the best ballads and songs ever. Not many recordings, but every one a gem.
Mary Humphreys


24 Mar 04 - 02:25 PM (#1145037)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Raptor

Has anyone heard of Tegan ans Sara?

Raptor


24 Mar 04 - 03:04 PM (#1145084)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: GUEST,Martin Gibson

Chad & Jeremy


24 Mar 04 - 05:42 PM (#1145222)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: GUEST,emily rain

thank you thank you thank you! keep 'em coming!

all pedants are right that i'm more interested in duets than duos, but duos are welcome as well (good to listen to how other singers blend with one another, even if there aren't any real gems on the album...)

love to all
emily


24 Mar 04 - 07:43 PM (#1145311)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Miken

Laurelynn Dosset and Kari Sickenberger who are half of the the group "Polecat Creek" of N.C. I like their songs Love Me Not, and Never Mind, from the album Salt Sea Bound. Great strong voices!!


24 Mar 04 - 09:55 PM (#1145417)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Rosebrook

Justina and Joyce's version of DARK EYED MOLLY is wonderful.


25 Mar 04 - 07:01 AM (#1145635)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: GUEST,Rob Wright

Taggart and Wright singing 10,000 MILEs, GREY FUNNEL LINE, FALLING SLOWLY, BLACKBIRDS AND THRUSHES, and lots of others.

But then I am a bit biased.


25 Mar 04 - 08:27 PM (#1146303)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: GUEST,Cuilionn

Janet Russell & Christine Kidd were mentionit aboon... Ye suid get their twa recordins an listen tae ilka sang ower & ower 'til ye hae it doon. They're aye brilliant wi the harmonies an rantin, rollickin soond! Ah've dane their arrangement o "THE TERROR TIME" (E. MacColl's sang aboot the haird life o Tinkers/Travelers) wi ma singin-pairtner tae rave reviews... tho it tuik us fore'er tae figger it oot!

Ma favourite o their recordins is ca'd: "Dancin' Chantin'"

(The ither ane's guid as weel, but Ah cannae reca the name ava!)

Best o luck wi yir duet-singin!

--Cuilionn


26 Mar 04 - 06:07 AM (#1146527)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: GUEST,Rob Wright

Christine Kidd heard Angie Wright sing "COAL NOT DOLE" at a singaround in Glen Clova and was very impressed. Pity the other half of Taggart and Wright was not there to lend a hand.


26 Mar 04 - 06:10 AM (#1146528)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Micca

Hissyfit singing "THIEPVAL" but then it would be, wouldn't it!!!!


26 Mar 04 - 09:33 AM (#1146654)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Roger the Skiffler

Hinge & Bracket.

RtS
(it's an age thing!)


26 Mar 04 - 11:09 AM (#1146741)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: alanabit

The Boat Band's girls sing a lovely duet called "Ciel" on their album. Order a copy from Greg Stephens, I can't imagine anyone would regret it!


26 Mar 04 - 11:21 AM (#1146750)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: GUEST,G String

I saw a wonderful pair the other day


26 Mar 04 - 08:11 PM (#1147158)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Janice in NJ

The Kossoy Sisters, Ellen and Irene. They appeared at the very first Newport Folk Festival in 1959. And their one and only LP from that era, Bowling Green, became a classic example of just how well urban folkies could do old-time Southern country music. Then they disappeared for more than 40 years, finally being rediscovered when one song from that old LP, I'LL FLY AWAY, appeared in the movie O Brother! Where Art Thou? Now in their mid-sixties, Ellen and Irene suddenly have a whole new career!


26 Mar 04 - 09:07 PM (#1147200)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: jaze

Joan Baez and Mimi Farina on "I AM A POOR WAYFARING STRANGER".


27 Mar 04 - 08:42 PM (#1147898)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: BK Lick

The single most beautiful song I've ever heard sung by two women was "DUMBARTON'S DRUMS." sung by Evelyn Beers and Gerry Armstrong. They sang it in my living room, accompanied by Fiddler on his psaltery, about 35 years ago and I can call it to mind as clearly as if it happened last week. The DT says the Beers recorded it with Jean Redpath.

—BK


21 Apr 04 - 09:27 PM (#1167456)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: GUEST,QueenMag

Me and My "sister"(friend) sing alot duets in english and spanish! We sing so beautiful together.But my favorite duets are with Christina aguilera and Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey and alot of other people! Well Peace out!


21 Apr 04 - 09:30 PM (#1167458)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Mr Happy

Taggart


21 Apr 04 - 09:31 PM (#1167460)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Mr Happy

no, that can't be [w]right!


22 Apr 04 - 06:16 PM (#1168408)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Herga Kitty

Silly sisters were great, and the other aforementioned combinations, but sibling sisters singing together are special - Lal and Norma, Jane and Amanda Threlfall (who are our guests at Herga next Monday)and Rachel and Becky Unthank (who dances too!).

Port and Brandy sing Les Sullivan's THIEPVAL.

Kitty


22 Apr 04 - 09:03 PM (#1168515)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: GUEST,Arne Langsetmo

As long as we're mentioning duos, there's a nice album with Claudia Schmidt and Priscilla Herdman from a while back. . . .


23 Apr 04 - 06:06 AM (#1168818)
Subject: RE: What's your favorite female duet?
From: Micca

Herga Kitty, I didn't know that Les Sullivan had written a song about THIEPVAL. Any more info? lyric?