Moira is from East Kilbride, where her family have lived
for generations. Her grandfather, father and brothers were all singers and
musicians. At family parties her brothers and she took turns singing and
entertaining. Everyone sang or played and it could be anything from the latest
"pop" song, the old songs and ballads to music hall or whatever anyone fancied
singing. Moira moved to London in 1983 to work as a nurse and singing has
taken up most of her life outside of work since that time. She has long been
recognised by club and festival goers for her superb interpretations of Scottish.
Irish and English songs and ballads. A former winner of the "Sidmouth Singer
of the Year" award, Moira became more widely known through her contributions
to the Pastimes albums. She also has a solo album, "On Ae Bonny Day". Moira
has appeared in Britain, Germany and the USA, charming audiences with her
clear ringing voice and wonderful repertoire.
"...vocal quality and technique... commitment to
a worthwhile repertoire... identity with the texts... ability to sing the
story in such a way that her audience is as fully involved in it as she is.
Moira has all these things."Roy Harris
"When I heard Moira I was quite bowled over, and
I am virtually NEVER bowled over." Jerry Epstein
Listen to Moira singing The Silkie from her CD 'On Ae Bonny Day'
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Moira may be contacted at:
Sarah Morgan RIP
Sarah had more than thirty years experience as a performer of folk music.
As a harmony singer, her CV included working with American singer Mary Eagle,
with Bread and Roses, and with Hen Party
(described by English dance and Song as "unaccompanied harmony at its best"),
as well as with Mick Ryan and others in Fieldwork's production of "A Tolpuddle
Man" and "A Day's Work". As a soloist (unaccompanied or with English concertina),
Sarah sang with warmth and conviction, and developed an enviable repertoire
of traditional and more recent songs. She had a particular interest in songs
from her adopted county of Hampshire and her "Home Lads Home" (a Cicely Fox
Smith poem set to her own tune) has become a classic. More recently both she
and Carolyn have become involved with the Community
Choirs movement and the 2006 Gardiner Centenary
Sarah published a number of Song Books with arrangements both for solo voice and in 4-part harmony, some of the latter used by the choirs. For more detail see 'Books' (click here or button, left).
Among other topics both solo and with her trio partners, Sarah in life gave a Performance Workshop which has been linked in to Tom Bliss's Folkwise website. Follow the link here for her extensive notes, a general floorsingers' guide in pdf format.
Listen to Sarah singing her own song Keep You In Peace from the Hen Party CD
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"She involved her listeners totally with her confident
and sensitive delivery, eliciting an enthusiastic response from them." Bodmin
Sarah Morgan has also performed as half of the
virtuoso duo 'Mike & Sarah' with Cornish fiddler & storyteller
Carolyn Robson is a professional singer and musician specialising
in traditional folk song and dance. Her extensive repertoire consists mainly
of songs from her native Northumberland and Scotland as well as from other
parts of the British Isles. She has worked as a radio presenter and regularly
sings on radio. In 1981 she made her first album, 'Banks of Tyne' on the
Dingle label (now re-issued on CD) and can be heard singing on Kathryn Tickell's
CD 'The Northumberland Collection'. Her recent albums, 'All the fine young
men' and 'Dawn Chorus' were produced by her own company, Reiver Records. Carolyn
has a wealth of singing and teaching experience and has made countless club
and festival appearances, featuring in HTV's 2004 documentary on Cecil Sharp.
She is now widely recognised as one of country's finest female singers.
"Carolyn Robson's voice which has a maturity and
calm that carries the listener easily through an album of fifteen lovely