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Who are your favorite folk singers?

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2007, 5:31:52 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 12, 2007, 5:32:05 AM PDT
Not familiar with the song about 9/11 so I'll have to check into it. Hope some of our fellow discussion members have a chance to hear Bogle. He is one of the few around who writes songs which transcend the personal.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2007, 1:43:41 AM PDT
Val H. says:
"Scraps Of paper" is a bit thin with only 10 tracks. I agree with the tracks you have singled out Terry. I would also recommend the following tracks: Shelter; Cornflower Blue; Jimmy Dancer; A Reason for It All; and One Morning In Bar Harbour (about September 11). The album "At This Stage" is on eBay for the next 3 days (current bid) US14.50 and is also available second-hand through Amazon starting at US$13.99. I think it might be the best value-for-money intro to Eric Bogle's work.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2007, 8:57:13 PM PDT
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Bogle has been very consistent and the quality of his lyrics has held up over time. You might want to try "Scraps of paper" (I think there are two LPs with the same title) with "Dan, " "No Use for Him," and "You're a Bloody Rotten Audience." Any recording with "And the Band Played Waltzing matilda" and "No Man's Land' (aka "Willie McBride," aka "The Green Fields of France") is also worth a listen. If you like to hear Dylan parodied, look for Bogle's "Can You Play me Some Dylan," but I forget which LP it is on.
Other great cuts are the anti-apartheid "Singin' the Spirit Home," his version of Stan Rogers' "The Lockkeeper," and yet another panegyric to WWI vets, "The Gift of Years." His lyrics are second to none- look at his web site and see for yourself.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2007, 5:23:20 PM PDT
E. Tucker says:
I have seen Eric Bogle's name in this discussion several times, but I'm not familiar with his work. If I wanted to by a CD as an intro to his work, can anyone recommend "THE" Cd that should be? - Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2007, 6:28:18 AM PDT
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Your collection and tastes closely resemble mine, though I recently liquidated most of my library of music (no place to store it; it was in my parents' basement and we had to sell the house after they died in January).
The only performers from the post-60's generation of folkies who have caught my ear are the late Stan Rogers (you won't find a better voice-honest) and Eric Bogle, whose lyrics are anthologized in the Oxford Book of Traditional Poetry(even though he is alive and well in Australia)- quite an honor.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2007, 2:26:12 AM PDT
In my collection I have albums, tapes or CD's of over 3000 folk singers and I love them all but my favorite folk singers, the ones I have been listening to over and over again for the past 30 or 40 years are:

1. JOAN BAEZ Her earlier stuff before she became so political.

2. HARRY BELAFONTE Especially his calypso, prison and live albums.

3. THEO BIKEL Even his foreign language songs make great listening.

4. OSCAR BRAND Bawdy, military, sports, traditional - he covered them all.

5. THE BROTHERS FOUR One of the five commercial staples without whom there would have been no popular folk music.

6. BUD AND TRAVIS Folk ballads, traditional folk, broadway folk, modern folk - they did it all.

7. THE CLANCY BROTHERS/TOMMY MAKIM Thr best of the Irish folk singers and longest lasting.

8. JUDY COLLINS Before she was a feminest she was a folk singer. (Comment not met in a negative sense).

9. JIMMIE DRIFTWOOD One of the earliest commercial folk balladeers.


11. THE GATEWAY SINGERS A pioneer group from the late '50s.

12. THE HIGHWAYMEN 1961/"Cotton Fields" One of the best of the collage folk groups.

13. CISCO HOUSTON The best singer of the 30's and 40's "old guard" itinerate folk singers.

14. IAN AND SYLVIA A strong voiced cowboy and his clear voiced girlfriend/wife from Canada.

15. BURL IVES From 30's/40's "old guard" itinerate folk singer to "grand old man" balladeer in 50 short years with 300+ albums to prove it.

16. JOE AND EDDIE Joe Gilbert and Eddie Brown, upbeat folk with soul.

17. THE JOURNEYMEN John Phillips sensational smooth voiced folk group before the Mamas and the Papas.

18. THE KINGSTON TRIO THE seminal folk group of the 60's. The first of the five commercial staple groups. They started it all!

19. THE LIMELITERS The pseudo-intellectual folk group of the 60's. Another of the five staple's of commercial folk music not to be missed.

20. THE CHAD MITCHELL TRIO The most topically political, anti-authority folk groups of the 60's.

21. THE NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS A large 60's group singing mostly upbeat and happy new and old folk songs either enmass or as individual performers. They are still performing with some of the original group.

22. ODETTA A black African woman who sings American and African folk songs with a lowdown blues voice.

23. PETER, PAUL AND MARY The last of the five main 60's commercial folk groups. Second only to the Kingston Trio in popularity and still occasionally performing.

24. SERENDIPITY SINGERS A large group simular to the NCM group, but with their own unique sound.

25. THE WEAVERS A 1940's and 50's quartet that transitioned folk songs from homes and campfires to stage and radio. They went from union halls to Carnegie Hall.

26. JOSH WHITE A powerful black folk singer who fought Jim Crow with songs and won.

There are literally thousands of other folk singers in my collection, many already mentioned by earlier contributers, but there are the ones who I'm still listening to on a regular basis 40 years later.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2007, 7:43:31 AM PDT
Val H. says:
I really like English folkie June Tabor who has an unusual voice. Listen to her singing A Proper Sort Of Gardener on the album Aleyn.

As an Australian, I have to second Terry Krugman's nomination of Eric Bogle who can make you cry one moment (Jimmy Dancer; Leaving Nancy; A Reason for It All), laugh out loud the next (Nobody's Moggie Now; Aussie BBQ) and then make your heart swell with national pride (Shelter). Stan Rogers was a huge influence on Eric.

Just a small correction Annie. Mary Hopkin is Welsh, not Scots. You'll have both lots of nationalists down on you if you're not careful! My favourite Scots folkies are The Corries. I was fortunate to be in the audience back in 1971 for their recording "Live at the Royal Lyceum" and when a full auditorium starts singing (uninvited) Flower of Scotland, Ye Jacobites By Name or Bonnie Dundee, it sends shivers down your spine.

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2007, 8:32:14 AM PDT
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spenno says:
I would add : Thea Gilmore, Brandi Carlile, Martin Sexton and Marc Cohn - I'd say some of their music is folk music ('alt-folk' ?); anyway, I like them whatever category their music comes under.

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2007, 8:20:05 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2007, 1:48:37 PM PDT
kl says:
Lee Penn Sky is awesome...he is my favorite newest find!

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2007, 6:30:49 PM PDT
I love Luka Bloom, John McCutcheon, Wishing Chair, and Johnsmith. I remember Harry Chapin and Jim Croce first hand, and I still love them as well.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2007, 2:21:35 PM PDT
Question: Is Maire one of the "Celtic Woman" singers?

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2007, 2:17:07 PM PDT
Me too! And, I'd rather believe every word I sing, than have a good voice. Yeah, Pete Seeger's passion for his music/storytelling always has a moral to it. Heard his "Precious Friend" CD? Awesome!(with Arlo Guthrie-Woody's son?)
Dylan's rendition of: "The Weight" is good listening too.
(Like "The Band's" rendition a bit better,tho).
Thanks for the post....and the memories!

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2007, 1:46:42 PM PDT
Great list!! I recognize some.
Got an 'add-on'to your 'poets' list; Harry Chapin(Pete Seeger, his idol and mentor). Harry's early death made his book of poems a 'fortunate find.'
What about:
"Celtic Woman"-don't know all their names, but can they play havoc with your emotions...beautifully sung songs/storytelling.
Judy Collins
Jane Siberry
Jill Holly
K.D. Lang
And, yes, The Bee Gees!
The only good thing about getting old, is you have no peer-pressure....

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2007, 3:53:35 PM PDT
temmaharbour says:
I agree with the comments here about Mary Hopkin, a very underated "Folk" singer because of her pop image..

A great example of her live performance, which includes some tracks from Earth Song/Song Ocean, can be heard on "live at the royal festival hall". She was supporting Ralph Mctell at the time and she sang "Streets of london" that night, which was one of the first times Ralph didnt sing the song himself! and Ralph Mctell also says Mary's version is the best version of "Streets" he's heard...the CD is still on amazon I think,

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2007, 12:14:43 PM PDT

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2007, 10:53:38 PM PDT
You picked some great ones.

Artie arranged the vocals. His voice complemented Paul's well, and he had a few solo songs that were quite lovely, including their last and biggest hit, BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER. Garfunkel's ethereal sound worked best with lyrics such as:
What a dream I had
Pressed in organdy
Clothed in crinoline
Of smokey burgundy
Softer than the rain....

I'd like to add Phil Ochs to our list (if he hasn't been already). His career was brief, but many of his songs will live on-- especially the anti-war ones (THE DRAFT DODGER RAG, etc.).

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2007, 3:51:56 AM PDT
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Roger Jr. says:
favorites are Gordon Lightfoot, Simon & Garfunkel (altho im not sure what Art Garfunkel ever really did), Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, and Crosby Stills Nash and Young....

forgot Ryan Adams, who is definately on top of my list

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2007, 7:33:04 PM PDT
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I love Fred Neil's voice- especially on "A Little Bit of Rain." Greatly underappreciated talent. Among male folkies, only Stan Rogers or possibly on the early folk recordings of Hoyt Axton does one hear such resonant vocals.

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2007, 5:57:48 PM PDT
lifewontwait says:
Buffy Sainte Marie
Fred Neil

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2007, 4:09:46 PM PDT
Someone else know about James Keelaghan! Are you familiar with his countryman Stan Rogers as well?

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2007, 2:05:37 PM PDT
Current favorites; Martyn Wyndham-read, James Keelaghan, Dave Webber and Anni Fentiman, Priscilla Herdman, Waterson:Carthy.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2007, 10:14:41 PM PDT
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The reason I called John Jacob Niles a pioneer, is he pre-dates them all, including Pete Seeger. He's on a par with Ernest V. Stoneman for being the first of a kind. Niles had an astounding counter-tenor voice that was like no other before or since.

In the 1920's, Niles travelled the Appalachians collecting the mountain songs that have now become standards, like "Barbara Ellen." He wrote "Go Away From My Window" when only 16, and waited over 20 years to ever sing it publicly. The man was a genuine legend.

Two of his original TRADITION label LPs (as well as some earlier RCA stuff) have been reissued on CDs and are available here at AMAZON. I recommend highly I WONDER AS I WANDER. (You can hear song samples, too.)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2007, 6:35:36 PM PDT
Folk Gene says:
you mention dick Gaughan in your post. Do you know a song he did, perhaps with boys of the lough, about waulking the cloth? I cant seem to find any reference on line in any of the cd sites i have found. I would be greatful for a track name and any other info you have.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2007, 8:25:46 PM PDT
Stef says:
Mary Hopkin has a great voice.
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