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Davy Graham - 100% match to John Renbourn

Genres: Folk Instrumental Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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22 November 1940, Leicester, England, of Scottish and Guyanese parents. An influential guitarist in British folk circles, Graham’s itinerant travels throughout Europe and North Africa resulted in a cosmopolitan and unorthodox repertoire. By the early 60s he was a fixture of the London fraternity and his 1961 recording with Alexis Korner, 3/4 A.D. , showcased his excepti Read more

Bert Jansch - 97% match to John Renbourn

Genres: Blues Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 November 1943, Glasgow, Scotland. This highly gifted acoustic guitarist and influential performer learned his craft in Edinburgh’s folk circle before being absorbed into London’s burgeoning circuit, where he established a formidable reputation as an inventive guitar player. His 1965 debut, Bert Jansch, is a landmark in British folk music and includes ‘Do You Read more

Stefan Grossman - 56% match to John Renbourn

Genres: Blues Easy Listening Folk Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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16 April 1945, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. Grossman discovered traditional music during his forays into Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. He studied under Rev. Gary Davis and absorbed the country blues technique of Son House, Mississippi John Hurt and Skip James before forming the influential Even Dozen Jug Band in 1963. Three years later, Grossman recorded and Read more

Michael Chapman - 49% match to John Renbourn

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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24 January 1941, Leeds, Yorkshire, England. A former teacher of art and photography, Chapman emerged from the relative obscurity of Britain’s folk club circuit with his 1969 debut, Rainmaker. This exceptional release, which contrasted excellent acoustic performances with a handful of rock-based pieces, revealed a gifted songwriter/guitarist and established his lachrymos Read more

Steeleye Span - 42% match to John Renbourn

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The roots of this pivotal English folk rock unit lay in several ill-fated rehearsals between Ashley Hutchings (26 January 1945, Southgate, Middlesex, England; bass, ex-Fairport Convention), Irish trio Sweeney’s Men - Terry Woods (b. 4 December 1947, Dublin, Eire; vocals, guitar, mandolin), Johnny Moynihan (vocals/fiddle) and Andy Irvine (vocals/mandolin) - and Woods Read more

Martin Carthy - 41% match to John Renbourn

Genres: Folk World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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21 May 1941, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England. Carthy began his career as an actor but in 1959 became a skiffle guitarist and singer with the Thameside Four. He made his first solo recording on the 1963 Decca Records collection Hootenanny In London, singing ‘Your Baby ’As Gone Down The Plug Hole’, later revived by Cream. By now, Carthy was recognized as a virt Read more

Anne Briggs - 40% match to John Renbourn

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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29 September 1944, Toton, Nottinghamshire, England. Briggs started singing publicly in 1962 as part of the Centre 42 organization, a package show organized by the Trades Union Congress to bring culture to the provinces. The 17-year-old singer was signed up by musical director Ewan MacColl, leaving her home to tour with the movement. She squatted in London with a young Bert J Read more

Fotheringay - 39% match to John Renbourn

Genres: Folk
Decades Active: 1980s 2000s
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The folk rock group Fotheringay was formed in 1970 by singer Sandy Denny (Alexandra Elene MacLean Denny, 6 January 1947, Wimbledon, London, England, d. 21 April 1978, London, England) upon her departure from Fairport Convention, and drew its name from one of her compositions for that outfit. Two former members of Eclection, Trevor Lucas (b. 25 December 1943, Bungaree, Victor Read more

Nic Jones - 39% match to John Renbourn

Genres: Folk
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Nicholas Paul Jones, 9 January 1947, Orpington, Kent, England. The earlier work of this highly respected guitarist and fiddle player showed great promise, but a tragic accident interrupted his career. Initially inspired by Hank Marvin, Jones gradually drifted into folk music thanks to the influence of leading guitarists Bert Jansch and Davey Graham. In 1967 Jones played guit Read more

Duck Baker - 36% match to John Renbourn

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Richard Royal Baker IV, 1949, Washington, DC, USA. Raised in Florida and Richmond, Virginia, Baker has said that the nickname Duck was given to him while still a boy. He is a guitar player of incredible ability, who has not garnered the same degree of popularity as players such as Leo Kottke and Stefan Grossman. His styles range from blues and ragtime, to Celtic tunes and o Read more

Dave Swarbrick - 34% match to John Renbourn

Genres: Folk World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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David Cyril Eric Swarbrick, 5 April 1941, New Malden, Surrey, England. Violinist and vocalist Swarbrick has played with many well-known groups and performers both in the folk genre and other areas of music. He is usually best remembered for his time with Fairport Convention, whom he first joined in 1969. In his earlier days, Swarbrick played guitar in a ceilidh band before t Read more

Fairport Convention - 34% match to John Renbourn

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The unchallenged inventors and high Kings of British folk rock have struggled through tragedy and changes, retaining the name that now represents not so much who is in the band, but what it stands for.The original 1967 line-up comprised Iain Matthews (Iain Matthew McDonald, 16 June 1946, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England; vocals), Judy Dyble (b. 13 F Read more

Roy Harper - 33% match to John Renbourn

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 June 1941, Rusholme, Manchester, England. Although introduced to music through his brother’s skiffle group, Harper’s adolescence was marked by a harrowing spell in the Royal Air Force. Having secured a discharge by feigning insanity, he drifted between mental institutions and jail, experiences which left an indelible mark on later compositions. Harper later bega Read more

Wizz Jones - 33% match to John Renbourn

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Raymond Ronald Jones, 25 April 1939, Croydon, Surrey, England. Taking his nickname from a character in the children’s comic The Beano, Jones took up the guitar after seeing ‘Big’ Bill Broonzy, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Muddy Waters in 1957 at London’s Roundhouse Theatre. Having learned from the blues licks of Long John Baldry and Davey Graham whilst Read more

Robin Williamson - 32% match to John Renbourn

Genres: Folk World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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24 November 1943, Edinburgh, Scotland. After the Incredible String Band broke up in 1974, following almost 10 years of success, multi-instrumentalist Williamson departed for Los Angeles, USA. He recorded some exquisite albums with His Merry Band, an ensemble comprising harpist Sylvia Wood, Chris Caswell and Jerry McMillan. Since the break-up of this outfit in 1979, Williams Read more


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