Ruth Notman is a 19-year-old folk musician and multi-instrumentalist from Nottingham, England. She currently holds two full-length album releases to her name; Her debut, 'Inkwell' (2004) and, most recently, 'Threads' (2007). Her current instrumental repertoire consists of piano, guitar, harp and melodeon. Ruth's music combines a variety of influences including Eliza Carthy, John Renbourn and Seth Lakeman - amalgamating to form a truly fresh and unique brand of folk, but still remaining rooted in the traditions, sights and sounds that surround the genre.
Nic Jones is one of the most enduring artists to come out of the 70s English folk revival. Although he originally styled himself as a folk singer, his fame rests largely on his skill as a guitarist and in composing memorable arrangements for traditional songs. He was born in 1947 in England in the town of Orpington, Kent. His early musical interests included acts like Ray Charles and The Shadows. He first learned to play guitar while at school. His interest in folk music was aroused by some old school friends who had formed into a folk band called the Halliard.
Morris On was a project of British folk-rock musician Ashley Hutchings, celebrating the traditions surrounding morris dancing. Hutchings was joined by a who's who of English folk-rock for a one-off self-titled album in 1972, including John Kirkpatick (vocals, button accordion, concertina, harmonium, tambourine), Richard Thompson (vocals, electric guitar), Barry Dransfield (vocals, violin, acoustic guitar), Dave Mattacks (drums, tambourine), while Hutchings handled vocals and bass guitar.
Boldwood is a band of 4 experienced musicians with a shared love of traditional English dance music: Becky Price (accordion), Richard Heacock (fiddle), Kate Moran (fiddle), Daniel Wolverson (fiddle & viola)
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Dave Swarbrick (born 5 April 1941) is an English folk musician. He plays violin, viola, mandolin, and guitar. He was born in New Malden, Surrey and grew up in Birmingham. He learnt the rudiments of the violin from a local fiddler and attended the Birmingham College of Art (now the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design) in the late 1950s. Playing guitar, he joined Beryl Marriot's Ceilidh Band in Birmingham. Beryl encouraged him to take up the fiddle again.
Martin Carthy (born May 21, 1941) is an English folk singer and guitarist who has remained one of the most influential figures in British traditional music, inspiring contemporaries such as Bob Dylan and Paul Simon and later artists such as Richard Thompson since he emerged as a young musician in the early days of the folk revival. He was born in Hatfield and grew up in Hampstead, London. After training as an actor he sang in coffee bars.
An English folk group from Hull, Yorkshire, the Watersons performed mainly traditional songs with little or no accompaniment. Their distinctive sound came from their close harmonies. Original members were Norma Waterson, Mike Waterson, and Lal Waterson, with their cousin John Harrison from Kingston High School. They had a skiffle band in the early 1960s but moved on to playing more traditional material. They were briefly known as "The Folksons".
Background The musicians of Magpie Lane first came together in the winter of 1992-93 to record "The Oxford Ramble", a collection of songs and tunes from, or about, Oxfordshire. Although originally conceived as a one-off recording project, the band soon took on a life of its own. The success of "The Oxford Ramble" led to the release of a second CD, "Speed the Plough", a year later; to be followed shortly afterwards by "Wassail: a Country Christmas" and "Jack in the Green".