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Singers with strong accents


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The Wurzles?

My feeling is regional accents (of whatever country) will always add to the feeling and authenticity of a song - thinking Lindisfarne, Amy MacDonald, Mary Hopkin etc,  and good examples in previous posts.  

What can really irritate are blatant put-on accents (UB40’s mock Jamaican springs very much to mind) - exception is Chrissie Hynde’s luscious singing voice which has always sounded distinctly accented French to me, although I believe she comes from Akron Ohio......

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11 hours ago, casapete said:

The Proclaimers - caused quite a stir when they first surfaced as few (in pop and rock music anyway) had sung in such broad Scottish accents. After first seeing them on ‘The Tube’ I loved them immediately, instantly recognisable and with great songs too. 

Some music genres seem to suit regional accents more than others - obviously folk being one of them. I can’t imagine Kate Rusby or say The Unthanks using anything other than their own accents. Rock n roll, being thought of as primarily American in origin, means that most people covering it usually adopt a transatlantic style of phrasing. Not sure whether this is really correct, but after many years few question it being done. 

Just had to put "Sunshine On Leith"  - playing as I type this........

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11 hours ago, TheGreek said:

Shaggy

What a voice!

11 hours ago, pete.young said:

Dolly Parton.

That's an interesting one- Dolly Parton herself has a beautiful singing voice which, pitch aside, is identical to her speaking voice. Technical proficiency and authenticity- and those songs! Hats off to her.

It does raise the question of country music in this thread though. One could suggest that it is a genre which demands an 'authentic' accent to such a degree that everyone puts one on! There is certainly a way to sing country, although the country scene has long been made up of people from across the US, and beyond.

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55 minutes ago, Jus Lukin said:

What a voice!

That's an interesting one- Dolly Parton herself has a beautiful singing voice which, pitch aside, is identical to her speaking voice. Technical proficiency and authenticity- and those songs! Hats off to her.

It does raise the question of country music in this thread though. One could suggest that it is a genre which demands an 'authentic' accent to such a degree that everyone puts one on! There is certainly a way to sing country, although the country scene has long been made up of people from across the US, and beyond.

Agreed. Country would be wrong any other way, and I think some of the rhymes and the feel rely on the accent and slang that just wouldn't work otherwise. I have a friend who moved to the US many years ago. He is determined to keep his Yorkshire accent but he says American things and uses American slang. Its weird. 

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