The Pennywhistlers

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The Pennywhistlers
OriginNew York City, U.S.
GenresFolk, World
Years active1962–1968
Past membersFrancine Brown
Shelly Cook
Joyce Gluck
Alice Kogan
Deborah Lesser
Ethel Raim
Dina Silberman

The Pennywhistlers were an American singing group founded by folklorist and singer Ethel Raim and popular during the 1960s folk music revival. They specialized in Eastern European choral music, sung primarily a cappella. Folk singer Theodore Bikel, in his autobiography Theo, called them "the closest to the real thing in authenticity in the United States."[1] They toured throughout the 1960s, appearing at the Sing Out! hootenanny at Carnegie Hall, the Fox Hollow Festival, and the Mariposa Folk Festival, among others. They shared the bill with performers such as Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Reverend Gary Davis, Leonard Cohen, and many others.


  • The Pennywhistlers (Folkways Records FW-8773, 1963)
  • The Pennywhistlers: A Cool Day and Crooked Corn (Nonesuch H-72024, 1965)
  • The Pennywhistlers: Folksongs of Eastern Europe (Nonesuch H-72007, 1967)
  • Songs of the Earth (with Theodore Bikel) (Elektra)


  1. ^ Bikel, Theodore Theo: The Autobiography of Theodore Bikel. University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN 0-299-18284-3. p. 159

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