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Anne Briggs - 100% match to The Watersons

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

Martin Carthy - 80% match to The Watersons

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 Albion Band - 77% match to The Watersons

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock World Music
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June Tabor - 74% match to The Watersons

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

Steeleye Span - 56% match to The Watersons

Genres: 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 - 54% match to The Watersons

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

Shirley Collins - 51% match to The Watersons

Genres: Folk
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Shirley Elizabeth Collins, 5 July 1935, Hastings, East Sussex, England. Collins was established as a leading English folk singer following her discovery by a BBC researcher. In 1959, she accompanied archivist Alan Lomax on a tour of southern American states before making her recording debut the same year with Sweet England, issued on Topic Records. In 1964 she completed Folk Read more

Linda Thompson - 41% match to The Watersons

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Linda Pettifer, 1948, Hackney, London, England. Singer Linda Thompson was initially best-known for her collaborations with husband Richard Thompson. However, before meeting Richard she had collaborated with pop artists including Manfred Mann and Elton John (on advertising jingles and unreleased demos, respectively). Her relationship with Thompson developed just as he made th Read more

Sandy Denny - 41% match to The Watersons

Genres: 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

Show Of Hands - 40% match to The Watersons

Genres: Folk
Decades Active: 1980s 2000s
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Formed in 1987, folk duo Phil Beer (12 May 1953, Exminster, Devon, England; fiddle, mandolin, mando-cello, quatro) and Steve Knightley (b. 30 April 1954, Southampton, Hampshire, England; guitar, mando-cello) play mainly self-composed acoustic material. Beer’s multi-instrumental virtuosity is much in-demand and, besides playing a session for the Rolling Stones, he has to Read more

Maddy Prior - 38% match to The Watersons

Genres: Folk Holiday & Seasonal World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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14 August 1947, Blackpool, Lancashire, England. The daughter of playwright Alan Prior, Maddy is a dedicated and thoroughly professional performer who worked as a roadie for Rev. Gary Davis during the 60s folk scene before forming a successful duo with the traditionalist, Tim Hart. Both were absorbed into Steeleye Span in 1969, and Prior quickly became the group’s focal Read more

Fairport Convention - 36% match to The Watersons

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

John Renbourn - 33% match to The Watersons

Genres: Blues Folk
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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8 August 1944, Marylebone, London, England. Renbourn received his first guitar at the age of 13, insisting on the present because he wished to emulate the singing cowboys he had seen in American movies. After a brief dalliance with classical music he turned his attention to folk. Having flirted with various part-time electric bands (including the blues-inclined Hogsnort Rupe Read more

Bert Jansch - 28% match to The Watersons

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

Ralph McTell - 28% match to The Watersons

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ralph May, 3 December 1944, Farnborough, Kent, England. Having followed the requisite bohemian path, busking in Europe and living in Cornwall with his Norwegian girlfriend (and later wife) Nanna Stein, May began performing as Ralph McTell in 1966 (the stage name was given to him by fellow folk singer Wizz Jones). McTell emerged in the late 60s as one of Britain’s leadin Read more


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