Frankie Armstrong

Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


13 January 1941, Workington, Cumbria, England. Armstrong possesses one of the strongest interpretative voices on the folk circuit. She began singing during the UK folk revival of the early 60s, and later joined the Ceilidh Singers, a skiffle group. In 1965, Armstrong sang, at the Edinburgh Festival ‘Poets In Public’, with John Betjeman, Stevie Smith and Ted Hughes. The following year she appeared alongside noted folklorist A.L. Lloyd and fellow singer Anne Briggs on the acclaimed The Bird In The Bush, a conceptual piece exploring erotica in English folk song. She was also part of the loose-knit Critics Group collective during this period, and in 1968 featured alongside Peggy Seeger and Sandra Kerr on the female vocal recording, The Female Frolic and a host of other performers on Waterloo: Peterloo. Despite working regularly in clubs and at festivals, she continued in her profession as a social/youth worker. Many of her songs reflect this background, and...

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