Magna Carta

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


Magna Carta is renowned for their gentle ballad style and mythical subject matter. Although never purely a folk band, they managed to successfully bridge the gap between folk and folk rock. The band was originally formed in London in May 1969 by Chris Simpson (Christopher John Simpson, 13 July 1942, Harrogate, North Riding of Yorkshire, England; guitar/vocals), Lyell Tranter (b. Australia; guitar/vocals), with Glen Stuart (vocals) added to the line-up shortly afterwards. The trio released albums for Mercury Records and Vertigo Records, enjoying particular success with 1970’s Seasons before Tranter returned to Australia. Davey Johnstone (b. 6 May 1951, Edinburgh, Scotland; guitar/vocals) joined the line-up as his replacement, recording Songs From Wasties Orchard (1971) and In Concert (1972) with the band before leaving to work with Elton John and Kiki Dee. Simpson and Stuart were then joined by Stan Gordon (guitar), recording and releasing the much-lauded 1973...

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