Trigger Reviews 11 Comments. Even today, the simplicity and innocence embodied on those recordings sets the standard for neo-traditional country, bluegrass, old time, Americana, and folks artists looking to recapture the raw emotion and untouched virtue inherent in early 20th Century rural America. Though they may try, modern artists will always fail to some degree to rekindle that primitive magic. Modern society has long since laid its indelible, spoiling touch on all of us, and that is what makes the appeal for early recordings so priceless and incomparable. The identical twins started singing together at the age of six, taking their cues from their mother and aunt who sung in close harmonies to old-time and Appalachian tunes around the house. By the time they were seventeen, it was and sisters Irene and Ellen were recording their first, and only album from the period called Bowling Green. Helping them along was songwriter and musician Erik Darling, best known for replacing Pete Seeger in The Weavers in Irene sang lead mezzo soprano and played guitar, while Ellen supplied soprano harmony parts and played banjo. Though The Kossoy Sisters were surrounded by the folk revival, much of the inspiration and compositions for their music originated farther south in the Southern Appalachians.
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Fervor Coulee Bluegrass. Roots, Toots n' Hoots. Sign up for newsletter. Shop Amazon and support Country Standard Time. F or Ellen and Irene Kossoy, the phrase "identical twins" is no exaggeration.
In their music, Irene sang mezzo-soprano vocal, and Ellen supplied soprano harmony , with Irene on guitar and Ellen played the five-string banjo in a traditional up-picking technique. Their performances were notable examples of close harmony singing. They began performing professionally in their midteens and are esteemed as a significant part of the popular folk music movement that started in the mids.