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Nic Jones

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.

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The Pindrop Band

Drawing on a range of folk, jazz and world musics, the Pindrop Band are a group of musicans who love music and like to perform without the aid of huge amplification systems. The emphasis in on delicate arrangements and harmonies and purity of sound. Much of their material is self-penned (with the odd quirky cover), and features a vast array of instruments including guitars, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, harp, fiddle, accordion, charango, whistles, harmonium, autoharp, double bass and percussion.

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Spiers & Boden

Spiers and Boden are an English folk duo. John Spiers plays melodeon, concertina and other squeezeboxes, while Boden plays fiddle, sings, and stamps out the rhythm on a piece of board. They began playing together in 1999 and their first album as a duo was Through and Through (2001). In 2002 they were both session musicians on Eliza Carthy's album Anglicana, and toured with her as part of her band The Ratcatchers.

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Anna Kashfi

Anna Kashfi hailing from Manchester boasts of members: Sian Webley, James Youngjohns, Peter Martin and Sarah Kemp. With haunting lyrics and elegant vocals this band will seep into your heart.
Releasing a few singles and such gems as Philokalia and Palisade, one can only hope for more.

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Quadriga Consort

Since the formation of the Quadriga Consort in 2000, the Austrian ensemble under the direction of the harpsichordist Nikolaus Newerkla has made a name for itself beyond the borders of Austria, playing early music, which defies being pigeonholed as either "classical" or "pop". With its first programme, Ground – released on CD (2003) with Label Harp, Berlin – the Quadriga Consort already delighted its audiences with uncompromising interpretations and unsuspected freshness, beyond any categorization.

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Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick

Martin Carthy MBE 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.
Dave Swarbrick is an English folk musician, best known for his fiddle playing. Swarbrick joined the Ian Campbell Folk Group in 1960.

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Shelagh Mcdonald

Originally from Scotland, Shelagh McDonald moved to London in the late 1960s, where she was part of the folk-music scene. In 1970 she released her first album, Shelagh McDonald Album, which sold rather poorly. 1971's Stargazer sold better, and was critically acclaimed. However, some time after its release, McDonald disappeared and wasn't heard from again until quite recently. Shelagh McDonald's music is close to that of some of her contemporaries, for example, Sandy Denny, Nick Drake, and Duncan Browne.

Read more about Shelagh Mcdonald on Last.fm.

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