Win Nick’s Golden Voucher [Extended]


Thank Fiona it’s Friday.

Shall we have another music competition?

This week the theme comes courtesy of reader f_lawless, who suggests your favourite song with strong vocal harmonies.

Here’s mine.

Reply below to be in with a chance of bagging yourself a €50 Golden Discs voucher redeemable in any Golden Discs store.

The winner will be chosen by my voice coach.

Please include a video link if possible, thanks.

Lines MUST close on Saturday Midday.

Nick says: Good luck!

Last week’s winner here

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110 thoughts on “Win Nick’s Golden Voucher [Extended]

  1. CapernosityandFunction

    Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal

    For the wintry day that’s in it. If medieval monks were put in a recording studio this is what they would produce. A wonderful evocation of Gregorian chant. Knocks me out every time I hear it.

        1. millie bobby brownie

          You betcha. Trying to get the kids to bed early so I can order a nice Thai takeaway and a movie.

          Recommendations welcome.

  2. Harry

    The Flying Pickets version of Only You. Originally it was written by Vince Clarke and recorded by a duo he was a part of named Yazoo, sung by the rather wonderful Alison Moyet

    But the Flying Pickets truly has great harmonies
    A great acapella version for anyone who loves or has loved someone :)

    Only You

  3. millie bobby brownie

    The first thing that came to mind was The Water by Johnny Flynn with Laura Marling. While the harmonies are simple, as are the melodies, it’ll be stuck in your head all day and it really is a gorgeous little tune.

    Also, Mr Knightly is a FOX.

    1. Micko

      Heh heh.

      My wife is a big Johnny Flynn fan, so a couple of years ago I met him at Longitude and asked him for a pic.

      I probably shouldn’t have explained beforehand that the pic was just to annoy my wife who wasn’t even with me and I ended up with a pic of a very dopey happy smiley head on me and a suitably unimpressed looking Mr Flynn beside me.

      Totally worth it though…

      1. Jasper

        It really is a wonderful piece of tv. Should be boring, but truly delightful

        Helloooo therrrre

  4. Harry

    The story of The Pearl Fishers revolves around a love triangle between Zurga, the leader of a fishing village, his old friend Nadir, and the priestess Leïla. … In their famous duet, they pledge to never let their friendship be threatened again…Magnificent harmonies here

    Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers”

  5. eamonn

    First that comes to mind, as a favourite would have to be
    Housemartins – Caravan of Love
    The 7″ still gets spins on my platter, from a more innocent time
    I know you have heard it before, but this time listen as though it is the first time.
    Are You Ready?

  6. millie bobby brownie

    Also need to throw Tír Eile by Saint Sister in there. It’s a beautifully atmospheric song and for me, their impressive harmonies really shine in this song.

    For what it’s worth, their entire album The Shape of Silence is an absolutely phenomenal piece of music and has some really gorgeous songs on it. I highly recommend.

  7. Andy Pipkin

    When I first heard that Robert Plant and Alison Kruass were doing and album together, I was thinking, that’ll never work!
    But thankfully I was proven wrong, the album is well in my top ten of all time.

    On paper the harmonies shouldn’t work, but they just compliment each other on ever track.

    One for later with your favourite tipple


    1. Clampers Outside

      I was thinking of picking a track from this album.

      My intro to Alison Krauss was by accident. I got my sister freebee tickets for a gig in Seapoint, Salthill, Galway (that’s how long ago it was… Venue now closed, and I couldn’t get a freebee for a free event these days).
      The friend couldn’t get to the gig and she asked me to go with her. I said I would, going along just to keep her company with zero interest in the music….. I was spectacularly blown away. And enjoyed many albums since :)

  8. Slightly Bemused

    Just please no Beach Boys! Their vocal harmonies were so contrived they are annoying. Probably not a popular opinion, but still, mine!

  9. Fergalito

    Two of them spring to mind ….

    First off, The Dixie Hummingbirds and “Loves Me Like a Rock” – superb tune, super harmonies and if it doesn’t get you off your derriere doing the funky chicken in front of the fireplace then yer neither funk nor fowl ! After me, one, two, three ….”hmmmmmmmmmmmm!”

    Second is this specific version of the Everly Brothers “I Wonder If I Care as Much,” First stumbled across this gem on the Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey curated double-CD “The Trip.” Love it .. ! Perhaps after being loved like a Dixie Hummingbird rock this is the sort of dirge that would comfort you in your box-room as you stare faithfully and forlornly through the rain-splattered window pane wondering if you’ll ever, ever(ly) love again …

  10. Kingfisher

    Je vous presente Kate and Anna McGarrigle’s spine-tingling Complainte Pour Ste Catherine – sorry about the video, couldn’t find a live version that had the same zizz. This is the family song of the extended McGarrigle Wainwright family, who still sing it in memory of their aunties.

  11. SOQ

    The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition (Undercatt Remix)

    Normally a dance track builds on percussion and synths and the vocal is pretty much the same throughout- but the Undercatt Remix of Sweet Disposition does the opposite- percussion and synths largely remain the same and it is the layering of the vocals which brings the track up and down- and the synths follow.

  12. Andy Pipkin

    Individually each has the most unique vocal and are brilliant, but put them together, it’s what music heaven must sound like!
    Dolly, Emmylou and Linda with,
    The Sweetest Gift.
    Unbelievable harmonies!


  13. stephen moran

    Odd that no one has suggested the gestation of all this white male folk vocal sound revival testosterone can be traced not to an unsustainable great academy of the totally over rated endless summer and totally dated meme aka Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys (any Muppet who thinks Pet Sounds is the greatest Rock album of all time really should be banned from allowing their parents top up their Leap card at this stage) but the true roots of our criminal current gauche fixation with Caucasian chaps managing to sing some no doubt earnest but meaningless drivel in some sort of tune (Fleet Foxes / Bon Iver etc etc) stems from CSN. Stephen Stills wrote this song about his squeeze (oh matron , you are not allowed to say that now) at the time Judy Collins who got semi famous singing other peoples songs badly. The boys kick in as a 3some @ 5.15. The classic of its genrie

    Crosby, Stills, Nash (CSN) “Judy Blue Eyes”

  14. Unreal

    Good choices all here are my 5

    1/ the Chain – Fleetwood Mac
    2/ the Pogues and the Dubliners – the Irish Rover
    3/ the Spanish Lady – Maighread and Triona
    Ni Dhomhnaill
    4/ I knew you were waiting – George Michael and Aretha Franklin
    5/ under African skies – Paul Simon and Linda to start

    But in the pop world there is only one duet which is in a category of its own

    Barcelona – Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe

    I had this perfect dream …

  15. Otis Blue

    The Langley School Music Project from the mid 1970’s features school kids in British Columbia singing popular hits from the likes The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Bowie, The Carpenters and others besides. These recordings discovered 25 years later were released as an album titled Innocence and Despair.

    Listen up as they tackle Fleetwood Mac’s Rhiannon.

  16. Andy Pipkin

    Quick shout out for our homegrown talent, the brilliant Hidden Highways, not that well known but Tim’s vocals are fantastic and then Carol Ann start singing, she has the voice of an angel, but then when they harmonise it just goes to another level!!!


  17. Otis Blue

    Not sure that anyone was expecting Moby to resurrect Kris Kristofferson a la the late-era, Johnny Cash, American Recording Series. Mark Lanegan adds further vocal grizzle.

    Moby – The Lonely Night (Reprise)

  18. Andy Pipkin

    I was just waiting on the extension!!!

    These guys are world class at the ol’ harmonies, they make it sound easy!
    Loved them from the first time I heard them on a beans commercial ( I kid you not ! )
    Some brilliant albums and was later made famous on Paul Simons Graceland album.

    This is how you do harmonies!

    LadySmith Black Mambazo – The Star And The Wiseman.


    1. Clampers Outside

      That is lovely :)

      Wtf though… 12 views. Must be another link or two getting the views! :)

  19. Andy Pipkin

    Final one!
    Two of my favourite singers on one track!
    The brilliant
    Rosie Thomas & Sufjan Stevens – Say Hello.

    Thanks everyone for yet another brilliant playlist learnt some brilliant new songs tonight!
    Thanks also to f-lawless for a brilliant theme!

    Good night and may your God bless you!!

  20. Daze

    Because I can’t choose from the dozens of Beatles songs that should win, it will have to be a song from two of the greatest ever vocalists to have graced the planet.

    Under Pressure, with harmonies by Bowie and Mercury.

  21. Ben Madigan

    One of the best Irish bands of recent times was Little Green Cars. This unplugged version of My Love Took Me Down To The River showcases Faye O’Rourke’s powerful vocals and the bands harmonies:

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