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    Posted: March 15 2018 at 13:25
Are there any modern bands that do the psych folk male/female duo type thing? I don't really know what's out there. It seems like that type of music died off.
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The closest I’ve come is the band CIRCULUS. They are modern, psych-folk with male and female vocals. I really enjoy The Lick At The Tip Of The Envelope. Beautiful cover-art too !!

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^I also like Circulus...psychy weird folk... though to me they aren't really that close to Spirogyra or Pentangle for that matter....who are more like Fairport Convention or Trees imho.
You might like Wolf People....but it has a dark prog folk edge to it.
I like Espers but again they have a moody psychy edge and not quite as playful as Spirogyra was.
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Finnish new prog has lots of folk elements, although they´re not using that much acoustic instruments than before. Here´s one new band, Viima:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4mZ37X2iWs

Also, if you´re not yet familiar with Comus that is old band, I highly recommend it to you! They´ve also made new album, Out Of the Coma in 2012.
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If you are looking for the same quality of the bands you mentioned, yes, I think it died.

Definitely check Comus, if you still haven't heard them. And Jan Dukes De Grey. They are not modern, but essential.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote micky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 16 2018 at 06:07
Originally posted by starofsirius7 starofsirius7 wrote:

Are there any modern bands that do the psych folk male/female duo type thing? I don't really know what's out there. It seems like that type of music died off.

Doc mentioned them... I'll heartily endorse them.

Espers...  I LOVE that band..  and seemingly very much what you are looking for.
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Although Blood Ceremony's "The Eldritch Dark" isn't in the same zip code as Spirogyra, I find the witchy, folkish female vocals, organ, and pagan flute sneaking into a secret Black Sabbath ceremony quite enjoyable. 

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Came into my mind Finnish folkband Värttinä. It hasn´t got much to do with prog, but anyway I really have liked it, specially their 80-90 albums (their newer material has electro elements). Here´s one of their piece:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbrJNJknIf0&t=0s&list=PL5DF42146202E4A75&index=2
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I love Spirogyra, and though I've listened to so much of other stuff, I can't think of anyone close with the type of quality, especially vocally.
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how about Galley Beggar?  They might be more in a Fairport/Steeleye lineage but their last album Heathen Hymns might be the best bet
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Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

^I also like Circulus...psychy weird folk... though to me they aren't really that close to Spirogyra or Pentangle for that matter....who are more like Fairport Convention or Trees imho.
You might like Wolf People....but it has a dark prog folk edge to it.
I like Espers but again they have a moody psychy edge and not quite as playful as Spirogyra was.

I'm new to this forum and forums in general so if I'm doing something odd/wrong sorry. I liked Circulus they reminded me of The Incredible String Band a bit. Well from the song I listened too. I do think the outfits were a bit much though lol. I also really liked Wolf People. I don't mind the dark sound at all and I prob should of used examples of that type of music like Commus as well since it's a similar sound I wish I could hear more of.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote starofsirius7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 18 2018 at 03:45
I liked all these recommandations! You guys are really good. I have found so much new stuff to explore. Even though I believe nothing will top the originals it's nice to see some new blood doing that type of genre justice. I don't mean to keep repeating myself but that style of music is just to beautiful to die off completely. It would be such a shame. Thanks for showing me these wonderful newer bands.
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Just come to mind Judy Dyble has made quite great solo albums in 2000`s. Flow & Change is the best album of those. Also, if haven´t heard her band Trader Horne, really highly recommended to you, they made only one album "Morning Way".
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Also have to mention Fotheringay, their only album is really great! And Sandy´s first solos too!
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I must admit, nothing can top the amazing talents of Spirogyra. Cockerham, Gaskin, Borrill, Cusack (and guests) - what a team !!
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Originally posted by Mortte Mortte wrote:

Came into my mind Finnish folkband Värttinä. It hasn´t got much to do with prog, but anyway I really have liked it, specially their 80-90 albums (their newer material has electro elements). Here´s one of their piece:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbrJNJknIf0&t=0s&list=PL5DF42146202E4A75&index=2


Värttinä are outstanding Clap. I had the privilege of seeing them in Rome in 2004, and it was a fantastic gig. They were suggested to Prog-Folk at least once in the past, but the suggestion did not go anywhere - which is a pity, because I think they are very progressive (though maybe not in a "traditional prog" sense), and would not be out of place in our database.

As to modern bands with male-female vocals, Fields Burning from Washington DC might be right up your alley:
http://https://fieldsburning.bandcamp.com/releases
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Originally posted by Raff Raff wrote:

Originally posted by Mortte Mortte wrote:

Came into my mind Finnish folkband Värttinä. It hasn´t got much to do with prog, but anyway I really have liked it, specially their 80-90 albums (their newer material has electro elements). Here´s one of their piece:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbrJNJknIf0&t=0s&list=PL5DF42146202E4A75&index=2


Värttinä are outstanding Clap. I had the privilege of seeing them in Rome in 2004, and it was a fantastic gig. They were suggested to Prog-Folk at least once in the past, but the suggestion did not go anywhere - which is a pity, because I think they are very progressive (though maybe not in a "traditional prog" sense), and would not be out of place in our database.

As to modern bands with male-female vocals, Fields Burning from Washington DC might be right up your alley:
http://https://fieldsburning.bandcamp.com/releases
I saw them first time 1991. They were playing acoustic in one festival in Finland, I mean they´re with audience, they hadn´t got official gig there. Really their young energy hit me and I soon bought their album "Oi Dai". Saw them after that some times in the official gigs with amplifers. I think they lost something their original energy when Sari left, become a little bit too professional, but of course they´re still very great and original band. They really become a great time, folk music has become very "institutional" in Finland, it´s now much more living than those days.
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You should try Fit & Limo. A male/female duo that take a lot from the ISB.
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