Heading the 10 best female singers. Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight - Sandy Denny?
Cover Story: (27) Seduction, witchcraft and sometimes savagery on Broomfield Hill - Bellowhead or Dr Faustus

Rachel Unthank, Flossie Malavialle, Kathryn Roberts head top 10 female singers, alternative option

Rachel Unthank - 1

UPDATE: the list has undergone a change; in comes Linda Thompson - a terrible oversight in the previous lists - and out, with regret, must go Dolores Keane ...

If I remain convinced
that lists of this kind are fun, but no more, I admit to reading as avidly as anyone what others consider their best, five best, 10 best albums, types of tree, car models, authors and so on. It doesn't mean they are, just that someone thinks that way and may even think it inconceivable that this or that CD, tree, car, dog, lawnmower, author or whatever was included or excluded by another.

Read the entertaining comments at the originating Facebook page, and as followed up here (including a link to Facebook).

Having relented a couple of times in the ensuing discussion, I thought I'd offer an off-the-wall second selection. I called in my non-mainstream list at Facebook although it is hardly less mainstream than the first one. But I did exclude anyone I had previously included or later added as substitutes.

Flossie Malavialle - 1

1 Rachel Unthank (The Unthanks)

2 Flossie Malavialle (second picture)

3 Kathryn Roberts

4 Linda Thompson

Kathryn Roberts - 1

5 Mary Black

6 Jain

7 Nina Goern (half of Cats on Trees)

8 Imany

9 Eliza Carthy

10 Nathalie Randall (my younger daughter) singing Whitney - as she does rather well - not because WH ever did much for me but because Nathalie was horrified at her omission

* I will add photo credits and album links when I have time ...


Colin Randall

Someone has pointed out that I omitted Linda Thompson. He was right to do so. I cannot bring myself as a father to 'bump' my daughter so sorry, Dolores Keane, but you're fired.

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