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.
By Jon Johnson, January 2003
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. They wear their hair the same, wear identical glasses, have the same big, Kennedy-esque smiles, and their speaking voices are hard to distinguish.
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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. When they were 17, the Kossoy Sisters recorded the album Bowling Green , which features close harmonies, with instrumental accompaniment by Erik Darling. The sisters performed in the first Newport Folk Festival in  and returned to Newport to perform again in , over 50 years later. Irene and her former husband Anthony D. It is a recording of an interview with the twins on February 23, , during their promotional tour for "Hop on Pretty Girls. Louis area, and numerous other locations. The twins began singing together at about the age of six, in imitation of harmonies created in the home by their mother and aunt. At 15, they attended a summer camp at which Pete Seeger and other well-known folk singers often performed, and they developed a life-long attachment to the genre.