The list author says: "My favorite folk singers. And when I say "folk singers" I do NOT refer to people like Joan Baez or Bob Dylan. They are in a different category - my list is mostly about TRADITIONAL folk music of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England, etc. Not 1960s protest songs.
"This is my favorite Mary Black album. Mary Black's early work is absolutely lovely, but listening to her voice now, one wonders if some kind of vocal damage happened. Best to stick with these four albums unless you are a die-hard fan."
"Kate Rusby is the queen of the ballad, as far as I'm concerned. There is something incredibly plaintive about her voice; perhaps it's the vibrato that makes it sound weepy. Whatever it is, Kate has it. You'll find a ton of slow, beautiful songs that tell of dead lovers, unfaithful lovers, cruelty in times of war, and lovers that experience quiet joy in each each other's company."
"Connie Dover has a very unique vocal sound...she is one of the very few folk singers I am familiar with who actually make use of their head voice (higher-pitched voice, for those of you who aren't singers). This lends an almost angelic quality to her voice, a sweet edge that cuts into your heart as you listen."
"Dougie has wonderful interpretations of traditional folk music, and, when writing his original pieces, spends time crafting lyrics and music with substance and a message. Usually the message is, "You can come visit Scotland, but you'll never learn the old ways; you'll never be one of us." A patriotic one, is Dougie."
"Unbelievably, the drone of Celtic instruments complements the drone of Indian instruments - a partnership that adds an interesting feeling to the music, making it seem like multicultural New Age music sometimes."
"Custer LaRue is a classically trained soprano who has recorded a large number of folk music selections, imparting the ethereal quality of her tone to the jigs, religious songs, and ballads she sings."
"Chris Norman (flutes), Kim Robertson (harp), and Custer LaRue (vocals) have provided a "round the Gaelic world" trip in this soothing lullaby album. Watch out for the lyrics, though; some are pretty strange for a lullaby."
"An all-instrumental album by harpist Carol Thompson. This is a great representation of the folk music of Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales. This CD is where I heard the Welsh "David of the White Rock" tune for the first time."