Fern Knight

Decades: 2000s


Margaret Wienk, USA. One of the most gifted, distinctive talents of the psych folk revival that emerged in the USA in the early 00s, singer-songwriter and guitarist/cellist Wienk contributed to recordings by kindred spirits such as Espers and Currituck County, but her own artistic vision is realized under the name Fern Knight. Accompanied by an ever-shifting collective of players drawn from the psych folk community, Wienk first recorded under the Fern Knight moniker on 2003’s Seven Years Of Severed Limbs. She immediately revealed herself as an artist who had not only studied the sounds of her influences (first-generation UK folk rockers such as Pentangle, Fairport Convention, and the Incredible String Band), but was able to tap into the same spiritual well with just as much soul and skill. Her cool-but-rich vocal style recalls Fairport Convention’s Sandy Denny and Pentangle’s Jacqui McShee, while the production on her records is full of exotic...

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