The Young Tradition

Genres: Folk

Biography

One of the leading practitioners of the English folk revival, the Young Tradition was formed in 1964 by Heather Wood (vocals), Royston Wood (1935, d. 8 April 1990; vocals, tambourine) and Peter Bellamy (b. Peter Franklyn Bellamy, 8 September 1944, Bournemouth, Dorset, England, d. 24 September 1991; guitar, concertina, vocals). The trio continued the oral harmony tradition of the influential Copper Family, while simultaneously enjoying the patronage of the Soho circuit and the emergent ‘underground’ audience. Their choice of material and powerful harmonies captured what was regarded as the essence of rural folk music. The group completed three albums during their brief sojourn. Their debut included guest performances from Dave Swarbrick and Dolly Collins and their much heralded Galleries highlighted the divergent interests that eventually pulled them apart. Several selections featured support from David Munrow’s Early Music Ensemble, a trend towards...

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