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Anne Briggs - 87% 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

Bridget St. John - 77% 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

Martin Carthy - 75% 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

June Tabor - 63% 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

Bert Jansch - 61% match to Shirley Collins

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

Sandy Denny - 57% match to Shirley Collins

Genres: Folk Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Alexandra Elene Maclean Denny, 6 January 1947, Wimbledon, London, England, d. 21 April 1978, London, England. A former student at Kingston Art College where her contemporaries included John Renbourn and Jimmy Page, Sandy Denny forged her early reputation in such famous London folk clubs as Les Cousins, Bunjies and the Scots Hoose. Renowned for an eclectic repertoire, she fea Read more

Fairport Convention - 50% match to Shirley Collins

Genres: Folk Folk Pop / Rock 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

Robbie Basho - 49% match to Shirley Collins

Genres: Folk Instrumental Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Daniel Robinson, 31 August 1940, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, d. 28 February 1986, Berkeley, California, USA. Orphaned in his early childhood, Basho was raised by Dr. Donald R. Robinson and his wife in Baltimore. After attending military school he went to the University of Maryland to study medicine, but a career in the health service was derailed when Robinson bought a 12-stri Read more

Judee Sill - 47% match to Shirley Collins

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 2000s
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October 1944, Studio City, California, USA, d. 23 November 1979, Hollywood, California, USA. This Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter led a wild life as a teenager and in her early 20s, spending time in both reform school and jail in the mid-60s and developing a nasty drug habit that was to haunt her for the rest of her life. In the late 60s she attracted attention for her w Read more

Vashti Bunyan - 46% match to Shirley Collins

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 2000s
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England. This UK singer-songwriter released a number of pop singles in the mid-60s but is best remembered for releasing one of the great, lost folk albums of the era. The former art school student was talent-spotted by Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham in 1965 and signed a recording contract with Decca Records. She released the Mick Jagger / Keith Richards compositio Read more

Incredible String Band - 44% match to Shirley Collins

Genres: Folk Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s
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Steeleye Span - 44% match to Shirley Collins

Genres: Folk Folk Holiday & Seasonal 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

Nic Jones - 42% 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

Richard & Linda Thompson - 40% match to Shirley Collins

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This husband-and-wife folk/rock duo began performing together officially in 1972 although their association dated from the previous year. When Richard Thompson (3 April 1949, Notting Hill Gate, London, England; guitar/vocals) left Fairport Convention, he pursued a generally low-key path, performing in folk clubs and on various sessions, including Rock On, a collection of roc Read more

Marissa Nadler - 38% match to Shirley Collins

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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5 April 1981, Washington, DC, USA. This gothic folk songstress grew up outside Boston in suburban Massachusetts, and found favour with the serious music press in the build up to the release of Songs III: Bird On The Water, her 2007 collaboration with Greg Weeks of the Philadelphian psych-folk outfit Espers. Fittingly the daughter of a clairvoyant, her spectral ballads held a Read more


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