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Anne Briggs - 63% match to Shirley Collins

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

Nic Jones - 58% match to Shirley Collins

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

Martin Carthy - 52% match to Shirley Collins

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

The Watersons - 43% match to Shirley Collins

Genres: Folk
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This British band is regarded as one of the most important and influential of the UK folk revival outfits, and have been cited by numerous artists, such as Anne Briggs, as being responsible for the development of unaccompanied harmony singing. They were originally called the Mariners, then the Folksons, before using their family name. The essential group, with occasional later Read more

Ashley Hutchings - 42% match to Shirley Collins

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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26 January 1945, Southgate, Middlesex, England. ‘Tyger’ Hutchings long and distinguished musical career includes being a founding member of three of the UK’s most influential folk acts. Hutchings first played with guitarist Simon Nicol in the Ethnic Shuffle Orchestra before, in 1967, the duo formed Fairport Convention with Richard Thompson, Iain Matthews, Mart Read more

Peter Bellamy - 34% match to Shirley Collins

Genres: Folk
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Peter Franklyn Bellamy, 8 September 1944, Bournemouth, Dorset, England, d. 24 September 1991, England. After dropping out of art school in 1964, Bellamy formed the highly influential and innovative Young Tradition in 1965, with Royston Wood and Heather Wood. The trio specialized in a cappella arrangements of traditional English folk songs. Bellamy was influenced early on by Read more

Fotheringay - 32% match to Shirley Collins

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

Bridget St. John - 31% match to Shirley Collins

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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England. St. John was one of the first acts to be signed to Dandelion Records, the independent label inaugurated by BBC disc jockey John Peel in 1969. Her debut Ask Me No Questions, was a folksy selection, but the artist’s deep, assured voice compensated for the occasionally immature lyrics. John Martyn, who contributed guitar on two of the tracks, donated an original c Read more

June Tabor - 31% match to Shirley Collins

Genres: Folk World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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31 December 1947, Warwick, England. Possessing one of folk music’s greatest voices, Tabor is a fine interpreter of both contemporary and traditional songs. She first came to notice in the early 70s, working on albums by Rosie Hardman and Peter Bellamy while still employed as a librarian. Her acclaimed 1976 debut for Topic Records, Airs And Graces, made an immediate impa Read more

Silly Sisters - 31% match to Shirley Collins

Genres: Folk
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s
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During the lull which followed the recording of Steeleye Span’s All Around My Hat, vocalist Maddy Prior (14 August 1947, Blackpool, Lancashire, England) performed an abrupt volte-face and plunged back into pure folk song recording with a traditional album recorded with June Tabor (b. 31 December 1947, Warwick, England), a librarian in Swindon, England. Despite its ‘ Read more

A.L. Lloyd - 30% match to Shirley Collins

Genres: Folk World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Albert Lancaster Lloyd, 29 February 1908, London, England, d. 29 September 1982, Greenwich, London, England. Bert Lloyd was one of the prime movers of the 50s folk song revival in Britain. After spending time in Australia as a teenager, where his interest in folk song developed, he returned to England and pursued his passion. He had collected some 500 songs by 1935 and was d Read more

Trees - 30% match to Shirley Collins

Genres: Folk Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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London, England-based folk rock band formed in 1969 by Celia Humphris (vocals), Bias Boshell (bass/guitar/vocals), Barry Clarke (guitar), David Costa (guitar) and Unwin Brown (drums) were signed to CBS Records the following year. The quintet’s albums drew favourable comparisons with Fairport Convention, particularly for their imaginative arrangements of traditional materia Read more

Dave Swarbrick - 29% match to Shirley Collins

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

Ewan MacColl - 29% match to Shirley Collins

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Henry Miller, 25 January 1915, Broughton, Salford, Lancashire, England, d. 22 October 1989, England. The singing talents of his Scottish parents enabled MacColl to learn many of their songs while he was still young. He subsequently wrote many classic and regularly covered songs of his own, including ‘Dirty Old Town’, which was inspired by his home town of Sal Read more

The Albion Band - 28% match to Shirley Collins

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock World Music
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