Louis Killen / Tom Gilfellon / Johnny Handle / Maureen Craik / Colin Ross

Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s


January 1934, Gateshead, Co. Durham, England. This English folk singer is known for his a cappella vocals and occasional use of whistle and concertina. Following his time in the Oxford University Folk Song Club, he concentrated on this style exclusively. He formed one of Britain’s first folk clubs, the Folk Song & Ballad Club in Newcastle, in 1958. Finding himself unemployed in 1961, he pursued a professional singing career thereafter. One of his major influences in the early 60s, was Ewan MacColl which led Killen to concentrate on British, rather than American material. In 1962, Killen recorded two EPs for Topic Records, The Colliers Rant (with Johnny Handle), andNorthumberland Garland. The 1966 release Along The Coaly Tyne included the material from these recordings, as well as Handle’s Stottin’ Doon The Waall EP.

Killen emigrated to the USA in 1967, where he performed solo on the college and coffee house circuit. A move...

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