Here in Ireland we went from classical to very localised accents in folk and traditional music. My young singers want to all sound like Rhianna or Florence while my older singers try to shake off their pseudo classical training which was the order of the day in schools right up to the turn of this century.
As this post is linking up with #1wordbloglinkup and the word this week is voice, I thought I'd let you hear a very different voice from here.
Sean nós (pronounced shan'osse) is the term given to very traditional singers - those who were lucky enough to escape formal tuition and grow up with traditional music around them - it is a much earthier style of singing. Sean nós means literally old bones, but it's taken as meaning old style - very traditional, highly ornamented, and always unaccompanied.
I love this guy's voice - his name is Iarla O'Lionaird. He is speaking in Kerry Irish at the start of the video - I don't really understand much of it, but I love the sound and you might like his voice - it sounds almost oriental in style. And if you have the patience to get to the end of it, there's another singer singing a contemporary parody song, but in that old style - the song is called The Bodhran Song (the bodhran is the Irish hand drum) from about 2.30 in the video recorded at the Puck Fair which honours the goat as king - don't ask!!
When I'm working with young singers I try to encourage them to find their own voice. We have always been highly influenced by American music here. As a result all the young singers sing with a twang and try to be as big and brassy as their current idol. It takes a lot of patience on their part to lose that twang - unless of course they intend to sing Country'n'Irish - and that's a story for another day.
What's your favourite kind of music? Do you have any unusual styles in your area? I'd love to hear.
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