Any DLers into the folk music scene? Who are your favorites?
PPM, and early Baez. The best folk music ever!
I got into The Weavers in college and still love them. Also: Odetta, early Joan Baez, and Guthrie. The Silly Sisters and Hazel Dickens as well.
English folk singer Kate Rusby is amazing.
Fairport Convention and their many in-shoots and offshoots.
Guy Clark and Nanci Griffith
The McGarrigle Clan and those in-shoots and offshoots
The Pogues and the Waterboys
The Weavers, of course. Rent the wonderful documentary "Wasn't That a Time?", you'll enjoy it.
Hardcore eldergay thread. Average age, 79.
I have a friend who is a folk singer.
I am not sure if I am an eldergay at 42 -- but I grew up listening to folk music and I like it very much.
Elizabeth Cotten (RIP)
Stan Rogers (RIP)
Mainstream r'n'b tard @r6. I'm 26 and Folk is my fav music. Really like June Tabor, her anthology is awesome features a great version of Verdi Cries.
Beth Orton's 90s work like Trailer Park and Central Reservation are both awesome.
Kathryn Williams' Soul to Feet is one of my all time favorite songs.
I'm partial to Tom Paxton and Kris Kristofferson's stuff from several years ago.
Pete Seeger used to host a show called Rainbow Quest. If you look it up on YouTube, you can see a lot of old-timey classic folk artists perform their songs. He hosted artists with a wide range of styles, from Tom Paxton to Elizabeth Cotten to Johnny Cash to Brownie McGhee. That might give you a starting point to find out if you're partial to a certain type of folk music.
Great thread so far!
I'd add Michael Peter Smith, singer-songwriter from Chicago. I've seen him perform at the No Exit Cafe in Rogers Park - he still performs there.
Among many other lovely songs, he wrote "The Dutchman", a wonderfully wistful song that Steve Goodman helped popularize. Check out the original, beautifully performed on Michael's tremendous album "Love Stories"...
R18, Ralph McTell did "Streets of London".
I really enjoyed the late Bert Jansch's music as well as his fellow Pentangle guitarist John Renbourn's solo work, 'Sir John A Lot" is a great record as well as "The Lady and the Unicorn".
My fave folk bands were mostly British, Fairport Convention, Pentangle (who combined folk and jazz), Fotheringay and The Incredible String Band.
Donovan's early music was considered folk.
Loved Sandy Denny, it was so tragic the way she died.
I also make a point to see Richard Thompson perform every time he's in town. He can be a bit of an ass to his fans, but his music is fantastic. Many years ago, I attended a benefit concert where he was the special guest.
At the meet and greet he was acting stand-offish to some fans. He knew he'd be meeting the fans, not one person was hassling him re getting an autograph. The rumor was that he was annoyed that so many people were drinking in front of him, he'd been sober for a few years at that point.
How could I forget the great late Nick Drake.
Though, I didn't need to hear his ethereal music used in that Volkwagen ad!
I also enjoy Beth Orton and Cat Power, though I don't know if they'd be considered folk.
As far as American folk bands, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Mamas & the Papas and The Lovin' Spoonful.
The best folk album, ever: Living with Ghosts, by Parry Griffin. Some of her cd's are more electric, but this is pure folk and features some of the best songwriting I've ever heard. it's stunning.
Also check out Cliff Eberhardt. Catie Curtis (who's gay). Nanci Griffith. John Prine. Kacey Chambers.
Love Irish folk-Makem and Spain Bros., High Kings, Orla Fallon, the Chieftains, Christy Moore and especially the Dubliners.
Also loved old-tieey music-Mississippi John Hurt, New Lost City Ramblers.
I like Little Peggy March
[quote] I like Little Peggy March
That's nice, R25. But what does Little Peggy March have to do with folk music?
r19, that VW ad really turned a lot of people on to Nick Drake (including me).
I love Karen Dalton, but she can be hard to listen to, especially if you tend to gravitate toward the lighter singers like Vashti Bunyan (whom I also love). Josephine Foster is another oddball one; great if you're in the mood.
Some of the older singers I love are Shirley Colllins and Davy Graham, especially their version of Boll Weevil.
Modern folk indie rock is a great synergy of Dylan-esque folk and punk. Elliott Smith, Freelance Whales, Neutral Milk Hotel are all great examples for those who aren't familiar with this genre of music...
Jose Gonzales is phenomenally good.
He is amazing, R29. Joseph Arthur, Sun Kil Moon, Sufjan Stevens, and Alexi Murdoch are others that deserve a listen. Here's a Sun Kil Moon song I love...
Another Nanci Griffith fan here. Growing up in Texas her music meant so much to me and still does. I was forunate to see her right before Ann Richards died and again recently. She is still touring but I understand she doesn't play guitar much due to a hand injury.
Last of the true believers
Fotheringay (a Sandy Denny offshoot)
John D. Loudermilk
I agree with Ray LaMontagne...I love his song Jolene. I would add Bon Iver, The Lumineers, and The Avett Brothers. I'm not sure if they are technically folk, but that's where I would put them.
Maggie Reilly. She is not only pop and soft rock but she is also folk. I love her!
Nanci Griffith(seen her)
Joan Baez(seen several times)
Townes Van Zandt
Steve Earle(seen several times)
Emmylou Harris(seen her)
old school Bob Dylan if it counts(also seen several times)
just to name a few, and i'm 24 btw all those who think this is an eldergay thread
R27, I love that album Shirley Collins and Davey Graham did together. Also love Shirley's No Roses album. It took me a while to get into Shirley's voice; it has this odd mildewy quality to it that takes some getting used to. No Roses was a great gateway, because the Fairport guys play on it and it's easier for a neophyte than the pipe-organ stuff with her sister, which I love now. The Murder of Maria Marten rocks.