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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Dark Elf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 07 2019 at 17:03
The first performer that popped into my head was Nick Drake...



Then Cat Stevens...



And then Neil Young...



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 08 2019 at 06:12
^ Love those choices.

Nick Drake is what inspired me the most to make this topic. Five Leaves Left is one of my favourite albums, and I love "Cello Song". Songs like that, "Fruit Tree" and "River Man" suit this topic to a tee.

Very nice Cat Stevens one.

"Trouble" is my favourite of his.



As for Neil Young, "The Needle and the Damage Done" is one of my favourite songs.

Another classic: Tim Hardin's "Red Balloon" from 1967:



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Snicolette Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 08 2019 at 06:47
I especially love both of Neil Young's first two "solo," LP's, the eponymous first one (which really fits this bill, in my opinion) and "Everybody Knows This is Nowhere", where he introduced Crazy Horse.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 08 2019 at 07:20
Neil Young has got bittersweet, melancholic, introspective qualities and feelings of loneliness, and a certain sentimentality (say with "Sugar Mountain") that permeate a lot of his work.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 08 2019 at 11:24
These have a sort of fragile beauty about them to me (the second may fit the topic better):





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Leslie Low was a recent discovery. Singaporean singer/songwriter similar to Nick Drake:

Also, there's this unexpectedly atmospheric gem from city poppers Masataka Matsutoya and Taeko Ohnuki: 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 16 2019 at 12:43
I like that Leslie Low very much -- it is new to me. I'd heard that Masataka Matsutoya one before, and love it. Very nice choices. Thanks.
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Not sure about the comprehension, definitions of what is folk for foreigners, but me the Ukrainian, likes Ukrainian... uhm definitely-village-themed pop and pop-rock. Whether it's all folk or folk-alike or big beat meets folk or Phil Collins meets folk, I know the language and these songs usually have very deep and tearjerking lyrics about an old mother in a distant village waiting for her child(ren) to visit her, or something like that. Sometimes it's just about love.
 
I told some foreigners about this LP, and that I think of it musically as Ukrainian ELO's Eldorado - none of them seemed to share my perception. But still, here we have deep lyrics, strong beautiful voice, great melodies (the first song is too pop, though).
 
Excellent Ukrainian singer Sofiya Rotaru performs songs composed by an excellent Ukrainian composer Volodymyr Ivasyuk. Not always quite gentle, not quite fragile - but probably subtle in its own way:
 


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I actually can't understand why this wonderful album is still not in the archives; Friede suggested it a year ago. definitely one of our favorite folk prog albums

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^ Very nice, Jean, you might want to quote the post in the link HERE (CLICK) to reach out to Ken and Hugues. It seems Friede might have missed Hugues response to the suggestion before about her preparing the addition if approved. Seems to me those two were with fine with it, but you or Friede would want to check back with them.

It reminds me somewhat of this Chimera in PA:CLICK (even though that's listed in the Psych Rock category, though I'd put Chimera in Prog Folk as an Acid/ Progressive Folk-Rock group, but then that's my preference for many things folky and some of it is more rock than folk).

A nice one off Chimera's



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From David Thomas Broughton's album The Complete Guide to Insufficiency:

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Originally posted by Woon Deadn Woon Deadn wrote:


Not sure about the comprehension, definitions of what is folk for foreigners, but me the Ukrainian, likes Ukrainian... uhm definitely-village-themed pop and pop-rock. Whether it's all folk or folk-alike or big beat meets folk or Phil Collins meets folk, I know the language and these songs usually have very deep and tearjerking lyrics about an old mother in a distant village waiting for her child(ren) to visit her, or something like that. Sometimes it's just about love.
 
I told some foreigners about this LP, and that I think of it musically as Ukrainian ELO's Eldorado - none of them seemed to share my perception. But still, here we have deep lyrics, strong beautiful voice, great melodies (the first song is too pop, though).
 
Excellent Ukrainian singer Sofiya Rotaru performs songs composed by an excellent Ukrainian composer Volodymyr Ivasyuk. Not always quite gentle, not quite fragile - but probably subtle in its own way:
 



Oh, I somehow missed this post before when I was responding to Jean. I'm enjoying that music very much, thank you.

And for another for me to add to this growing list: Kazuki Tomokawa



Like many other choices of mine, he also made music that would fit my Acid/ Freak/ Wyrd Folk topic too or however I titled it.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 20 2019 at 10:53
Bot off topic but do we have a general prog folk discussion thread here...?
I'm wondering why The Albion Band is not listed on PA....since they are very similar to Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention.
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Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

Bot off topic but do we have a general prog folk discussion thread here...?
I'm wondering why The Albion Band is not listed on PA....since they are very similar to Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention.


Rather off-topic or really off-topic is generally fine by me in threads I create. I'm a free-wheeling type.

I responded in your Prog Folk....? Is there a thread..? topic. The Albion Band had been suggested for Prog Folk, from which it was suggested to and rejected for Prog Related.

By the way, Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention are both in Prog Related, and being a band related to a Prog Related band does not make a strong case for getting included in the Prog Archives database. That said, each band should be evaluated on it own merits, but of course the kind of music it relates to is important to consider as well for placement and inclusion.

I like the idea of a Prog Folk discussion thread in this forum for general progressive music discussions. I'd like to topic for all things folk music as there is so much overlap, including in folk topics that I have made..

Actual suggestions for PA inclusion should be done one topic per artist in the Suggest New Bands forum (good idea to search first to see if it has already been suggested, though the search can be wonky and one has to fill out the fields properly, like all-dates).

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Originally posted by BaldJean BaldJean wrote:


I actually can't understand why this wonderful album is still not in the archives; Friede suggested it a year ago. definitely one of our favorite folk prog albums
 
Hi Jean,
 
this was analysed by us after you made the suggestion and it was approved by both Ken & I,
 
and I even asked you to do the inclusion... You might not have seen our answer in the Dandelion Patch, though.
 
Please proceed, if you can open the space - if not I'll do it.
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Originally posted by BaldJean BaldJean wrote:



I actually can't understand why this wonderful album is still not in the archives; Friede suggested it a year ago. definitely one of our favorite folk prog albums

sorry for the delay Jean and Friede.  The only reason for the delay is that the prog folk team has been somewhat inactive when it comes to adding new artists.  We are now in catchup mode and we have added Lily & Maria!
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