Westwind

Westwind was an English folk trio that released the album Love Is… on the Penny Farthing label in 1970. Members: Chris Stowell, Nick Storey, Sarah Dyson The Band Westwind consisted of singer-songwriters Chris Stowell, Nick Storey, and Sarah Dyson. Their light harmonies and arrangements drew from soft ’60s folk-pop à la Gale Garnett, The Seekers, […]

Agincourt / Ithaca

Agincourt was the first group project of English musicians Peter Howell and John Ferdinando, who started with a pair of home-recorded soundtracks for the local production Alice Through the Looking Glass and the amateur film Tomorrow Come Someday (both 1969). In 1970, they teamed with singer Lee Menelaus in the folk-psych trio Agincourt and recorded […]

Forest

Forest was an English folk-rock/psych trio that released the 1969/70 albums Forest and The Full Circle. Both albums — along with the music of numerous “acid folk” contemporaries (Trees, Synanthesia, Fresh Maggots, Fuchsia, Dr. Strangely Strange, Jan Dukes de Grey, Tea and Symphony, Tír na nÓg) — gained newfound popularity during the 21st century. Members: […]

Trees

Trees were an English folk-rock/psych band from London that released the album The Garden of Jane Delawney on CBS in 1970, followed by On the Shore in 1971. Along with the works of like-minded contemporaries (Forest, Spirogyra, Fuschia, Trader Horne, Dr. Strangely Strange, Jan Dukes de Grey), Trees catalog gained newfound respect during the 21st […]

Accolade

Accolade was an English folk-rock band that released a self-titled album on Columbia in 1970, followed by a second on Regal Zonophone in 1971. The first album features singer–songwriter Gordon Giltrap, who later charted as an instrumental symphonic-rock musician. Members: Brian Cresswell (saxophone, flute), Gordon Giltrap (guitar, vocals), Ian Hoyle (drums), Don Partridge (guitar, vocals, […]

Oberon

Oberon was an English folk-psych band that self-released the album A Midsummer’s Night Dream in 1971. Members: Jeremy Bernie Birchall (bass), Robin Clutterbuck (vocals), Nick Powell (percussion), Jan Scrimgeour (vocals), Charlie Seaward (guitar, vocals), Julian Smedley (vocals, violin), Chris Smith (guitar) Background Oberon formed in 1970 in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, when guitarists Chris Smith and Charlie […]

C.O.B.

C.O.B. (Clive’s Original Band) was an English folk-rock band that released the album Spirit of Love on CBS in 1971, followed by Moyshe McStiff and the Tartan Lancers of the Sacred Heart on Polydor in 1972. Frontman Clive Palmer was a founding member of the Incredible String Band. Members: Clive Palmer (guitar, banjo, vocals), John […]

Heron

Heron was an English folk-rock band from Maidenhead, Berkshire, that released two albums on Dawn during 1970 and 1971. Guitarist G.T. Moore subsequently led the Reggae Guitars, recording assorted singles and three albums on Charisma between 1974 and 1976. Heron regrouped briefly in 1983 and for a longer span in the late 1990s. Members: Tony […]

Gypsy

Gypsy was an English folk-rock band that released the 1971–72 albums Gypsy and Brenda & the Rattlesnake on United Artists. They evolved from the Leicester pop-psych combo Legay, which cut the 1968 Fontana single “No-one” (b/w “The Fantastic Story of the Stream-Driven Banana”). Members: John Knapp (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Robin Pizer (guitar, vocals), Rod Read […]

The Ghost

The Ghost was an English folk-psych band from Birmingham that released the album When You’re Dead – One Second on Gemini in 1970. The prior year, guitarist–singer Paul Eastment recorded one album with psych-rockers Velvett Fogg. Members: Paul Eastment (vocals, guitar), Terry Guy (keyboards, vocals), Charlie Grima (drums), Daniel MacGuire (bass, vocals), Shirley Kent (vocals, […]

Jade

Jade was an English folk-rock trio that released the album Fly On Strangewings on DJM in 1970. Members: Marian Segal [Marianne Segal] (vocals, guitar, percussion), Dave Waite (guitar, bass, vocals), Rod Edwards (keyboards, bass, vocals) Formation Jade formed in Westminster in 1970 when singing guitarists Marianne Segal and Dave Waite, a folk duo since the […]

McGuinness Flint

McGuinness Flint was an English folk-rock combo, best-known for the 1970–71 UK hits “When I’m Dead and Gone” and “Malt and Barley Blues.” They released the albums McGuinness Flint and Happy Birthday, Ruthy Baby on Capitol Records, followed by the 1973–74 titles Rainbow and C’est la Vie on Bronze. Tom McGuinness (ex-Manfred Mann) and Hughie […]

Tea and Symphony

Tea and Symphony were an English folk-psych band that released the 1969–70 Harvest albums An Asylum for the Musically Insane and Jo Sago. Members: Jeff Daw (vocals, guitar, flute), James Langston (guitar, vocals), Nigel Phillips (keyboards, vocals, percussion), Dave Clempson (guitar, drums, 1969), Gus Dudgeon (drums, 1969) Dave Carrol (guitar, 1970-71), Michael “Mick” Hincks (bass, […]

Gothic Horizon

Gothic Horizon was an English folk-rock duo that released the 1971–72 albums The Jason Lodge Poetry Book and Tomorrow’s Another Day… on Argo. Members: Andy Desmond (vocals, guitar, bass), Richard Garrett (vocals) Formation Gothic Horizon sprung from a partnership between Hertfordshire folkies Andy Desmond and Richard Garrett. Associate Mike Simmons wrote most of their material […]

Tudor Lodge

Tudor Lodge was an English folk-rock trio from Reading, Berkshire, that released a self-titled album on Vertigo in 1971. Members: John Stannard (guitar, keyboards, mandolin, tambourine), Roger Strevens (1968-69), Lyndon Green (1969-72, 1980-88), Ann Steuart (1969-72, 1980), Linda Peters [aka Linda Thompson] (1972), Lynne Whiteland (1980-present) Tudor Lodge formed in 1968 as the duo of […]

Fuchsia

Fuchsia was an English folk-rock band from Exeter, Devon, that released a self-titled album on the Pegasus in 1971. Members: Tony Durant (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lead vocals), Michael Day (bass), Michael Gregory (drums, percussion), Janet Rogers (violin, backing vocals), Madeleine Bland (cello, piano, harmonium, backing vocals), Vanessa Hall-Smith (violin, backing vocals) Background Fuchsia spun […]

Trader Horne

Trader Horne was an English/Irish folk-psych duo that released a standalone single and the album Morning Way, both on Pye-subsidiary Dawn in 1970. The duo comprised ex-Fairport Convention vocalist Judy Dyble and former Them/Belfast Gypsies multi-instrumentalist Jackie McAuley, who issued a self-titled solo album the following year. Members: Judy Dyble (vocals, electric autoharp, piano), Jackie […]

Fresh Maggots

Fresh Maggots were an English folk-psych band from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, that released a self-titled album and a standalone single on RCA Victor, both in 1971. Members: Mick Burgoyne (vocals, guitar, glockenspiel, violin, tin whistle), Leigh Dolphin (guitar) Background Guitarist Leigh Dolphin and multi-instrumentalist Mick Burgoyne first met as children, then again as teenagers when they […]

Dando Shaft

Dando Shaft was an English folk-psych band from Coventry that debuted with an album on Young Blood in 1970, followed by two titles on RCA in 1971–72 and a fourth on Rubber Records in 1977.  Guitarist–vocalist Kevin Dempsey and singer Polly Bolton were also part of the 1973 Christian project Blue Aquarius. Mandocellist Martin Jenkins […]

Synanthesia

Synanthesia was an English folk-psych trio from London that released a self-titled album on RCA Victor in 1969. It has since become a high-priced collectors item, regarded along similar lines to Fuchsia, Fresh Maggots, and Tea and Symphony. Members: Dennis Homes (vibraphone, guitar, vocals), Jim Fraser (alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, oboe, alto flute, nose flute, […]

Strawbs

The Strawbs were an English folk-rock band from Strawberry Hill, London, that released eight studio albums and a live disc on A&M between 1969 and 1975, followed by a pair of albums on Oyster/Polydor in 1976/77 and a final release on Arista in 1978. The band was founded in 1967 by guitarist/vocalist Dave Cousins and […]

The Pogues

The Pogues were an English post-punk Celtic folk-rock band that released the 1984–85 albums Red Roses for Me and Rum Sodomy & the Lash on Stiff Records. In 1987, they scored a UK–Irish hit with “The Irish Rover” and teamed with singer Kirsty MacColl on the international hit “Fairytale of New York.” Their 1988 third album […]

The Humblebums

The Humblebums were a Scottish folk-pop combo, best known as the launching vehicle of comedian Billy Connolly and singer–songwriter Gerry Rafferty. Connolly formed the act with guitarist Tam Harvey for the 1969 Transatlantic release First Collection of Merry Melodies. Harvey cleared for Rafferty, who wrote the bulk of their second release, The New Humblebums. Connolly and […]

Northwind

Northwind were a Scottish folk-rock band that recorded the demo-acetate Peaceful for Apple Corps Ltd. in 1971, followed that same year by the album Sister, Brother, Lover on Regal Zonophone. Members: Brian Young (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals), Tommy Ewing (vocals), Dave Scott (drums), Nello (drums), Ron Leckie (drums), Hugh “Shug” Barr (electric guitar), Tom […]

Amazing Blondel

Amazing Blondel were an English neo-medieval folk-rock trio from Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, that debuted with a self-titled album on Bell in 1970, followed by four albums on Island during the ensuing three-year period. A trio of titles appeared on DJM during the mid-1970s, culminating with a live release that closed the band’s original period of activity. […]

Dulcimer

Dulcimer were an English folk-rock trio from Gloucestershire that released the album And I Turned As I Had Turned As a Boy on Nepenthain in 1971. A second album was recorded in 1972 that was ultimately released 20 years after the fact by archivists Background. Members: Richard Dodd (vocals), Dave Eves (guitar, harmonica, recorder), Pete […]

JSD Band

JSD Band were a Scottish folk-rock band from Glasgow that released the album Country of the Blind on Regal Zonophone in 1970, followed by a self-titled second album on Cube in 1972 and a third, Travelling Days, in 1973. Members: Jim Divers (bass, cello, vocals), Sean O’Rourke (harmonica, banjo, vocals, piccolo, flute, guitar), Des Coffield […]

Comus

Comus was an English folk-psych band that released the 1971 album First Utterance on Dawn. After a temporary disbandment, a reconstituted lineup cut the 1974 Virgin release To Keep From Crying. Members: Roger Wootton (guitar, vocals), Andy Hellaby (bass), Bobbie Watson (vocals, percussion), Glenn Goring (guitar, vocals, bongos, 1968-72), Colin Pearson (violin, viola, 1968-72), Rob […]

CMU

CMU was an English folk-psych band that released the 1971–73 albums Open Spaces and Space Cabaret on Transatlantic Records. Members: James Gordon (vocals, percussion), Ian Hamlett (guitar, flute), Ed Lee (bass), Larraine Odell (vocals), Roger Odell (drums), Leary Hasson (keyboards), Richard Joseph (vocals, guitar), Steve Cook (bass, guitar) Formation The Contemporary Music Unit formed in […]

Magic Carpet

Magic Carpet were an English raga-folk combo from London that released a self-titled album on Mushroom in 1972. Glaswegian sitarist Clem Alford followed up the project with a solo album, Mirror Image: The Electronic Sitar of Clem Alford, on Columbia (EMI) in 1974. Members: Clem Alford (sitar, esraj, Indian tambura), Alisha Sufit (vocals, guitar), Jim […]

Moonkyte

Moonkyte were an English folk-psych band from Bradford, West Yorkshire, that released the album Count Me Out on Mother/Metronome in 1971. Members: Dave Stansfield (harmonium, percussion, vocals), Dave Foster (acoustic guitar, harmonica, vocals), Trevor Craven (bass, vocals), Mick Humphreys (drums) Discography: Count Me Out (1971)

Magna Carta

Magna Carta was an English folk-rock band that released a self-titled album on Mercury in 1969, followed by nine studio albums and two live discs over the subsequent 19-year period, mostly on Vertigo. Members: Chris Simpson (vocals, guitar), Glen Stuart (vocals, 1969-75, 1977), Lyell Tranter (guitar, vocals, 1969-71), Davey Johnstone (guitar, vocals, 1971-72), Stan Gordon […]

Whistler

Whistler was an English folk-rock band that released the album HoHum on Deram in 1971. Members: George Howe (vocals, guitar, keyboards), John Chuter (vocals, guitar, bass), Ant Grout-Smith (guitar, bass, saxophone, vocals) As of August 2021, original Deram vinyl copies of HoHum sell for a median price of $346.27 on Discogs. Discography: HoHum (1971) Sources: […]

Justine

Justine were an English folk-pop band from London that released a standalone single on Paramount division Dot in 1969, followed by a self-titled album on MCA-subsidiary Uni in 1970. Vocalist Laurie Styvers cut two albums for Warner/Chrysalis between 1971 and 1973. Guitarist John McBurnie appeared in the 1972/73 lineup of Jackson Heights and later formed […]

Illusion

Illusion was an English folk-rock band that released two albums on Island during the late 1970s. The band comprised four-fifths of the original late-’60s lineup of Renaissance, which had entirely changed personnel by 1972. Members: John Hawken (Fender Rhodes, MiniMoog, Mellotron, organ), Louis Cennamo (bass), Jane Relf (vocals), Jim McCarty (vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion), John […]

Parchment

Parchment were an English folk-rock trio from Liverpool that released two albums on Pye in 1972/73, followed by two further titles on Myrrh and Grapevine between 1975 and 1977. Members: Sue McClellan [aka Sue Mack] (vocals, guitar, mandolin, slide guitar), John Pac (sitar, dulcimer, guitar, mandolin), Keith Rycroft (Dobro, guitar, vocals, ?-1973), Jeff Crow (1973-78), […]

Wooden Horse

Wooden Horse were an English folk-rock band that released two eponymous albums on Decca-subsidiary York Records in 1972 and 1973. The band was fronted by Australian-expat Susan Traynor, who subsequently gained fame as Noosha Fox in the art-pop band Fox. Members: Susan Traynor [Noosha Fox] (vocals), Graham Vick, David “Dave” Mateer (guitar, vocals), Malcolm Harrison […]

Frogmorton

Frogmorton were an English folk-rock band that released the album At Last on Philips in 1976. Members: Bill Lynn (electric/standup bass), Chris Tulloch (keyboards, mandolin, vocals), Dave Hardy (accordion, whistle, psaltery, kazoo, tambourine, vocals), Lucy Sharpe (guitar, whistle, spoons, mandolin, vocals), Terry Newbury (drums) Discography: At Last (1976)

Fotheringay

Fotheringay was an English folk-rock band that released a self-titled album on Island in 1970. The following year, thet recorded a second album that was ultimately issued by archivists  Fledg’ling in 2008. The band featured ex-Fairport Convention vocalist Sandy Denny immediately prior to the launch of her solo career. Members: Sandy Denny (vocals), Trevor Lucas […]

Crooked Oak

Crooked Oak were an English folk-rock band that released the album From Little Acorns Grow on Folkland Records in 1976, followed by The Foot O’wor Stairs on Eron Enterprises in 1979. Members: Steve Evans (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Paul Rogley (whistle, mandolin, cittern), Barry Walker (fiddle), Keith Davidson (Northumbrian smallpipes, Uilleann pipes, whistle), Alan Green (whistle, […]

Third Ear Band

Third Ear Band was an English free-folk band that released the 1969–70 albums Alchemy and Third Ear Band and the 1972 soundtrack Music from Macbeth on Harvest. Members: Glen Sweeney (percussion), Paul Minns (oboe, recorder, 1968-88), Richard Coff (violin, 1968-70, 1971), Mel Davis (cello, 1968-69), Ursula Smith (cello, 1969-70, 1988-89), Paul Buckmaster (cello, bass, 1969, […]

Spriguns

Spriguns were an English folk-rock band from Cambridge that recorded two albums as Spriguns of Tolgus in 1974/75, the second released on Alida Star and the first released 18 years after the fact by archivists Kissing Spell. Under the shortened name, the band released the albums Revel Weird And Wild (1976) and Time Will Pass […]

Brandywine Bridge

Brandywine Bridge were an English folk band that released two albums on Cottage Records in 1977 and 1978, followed by a third on Q Records in 1981. Members: Sheila Hague (vocals, guitar, descant recorder, soprano recorder, tenor recorder, treble recorder), Stuart Hague (vocals, bodhrán, concertina, guitar, mandolin, percussion, spoons, tambourine, whistle), Dave John Grew (vocals, […]

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention are an English revolving-door folk ensemble, founded in London 1967. The band debuted with a self-titled album on Polydor in 1968, followed by nine albums and two live discs on Island between 1969 and 1976. After a pair of 1977/78 releases on Vertigo, bassist Dave Pegg established Woodworm Records for all subsequent proper […]

Therapy

Therapy was an English folk-rock combo that released the album Almanac on CBS in 1971. After their 1973 album One Night Stand on the Irish Indigo label, they released three albums on their eponymous self-press between 1975 and 1982. In 1976, they re-recorded Almanac for DJM with members of Sad Cafe. Members: Dave Shannon (vocals, […]

Prelude

Prelude were an English folk-rock band from Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, that released three albums on Dawn between 1973 and 1975, followed by two further albums on Pye and After Hours between 1976 and 1982. Members: Brian Hume (guitar, vocals), Ian Vardy (guitar, vocals, 1970-85, 2009-present), Irene Hume (vocals, percussion, 1971-present), Jim Hornsby (guitar, dobro, […]

The Incredible String Band

The Incredible String Band was a Scottish folk-rock band from Edinburgh that released six studio albums and a live double-LP between 1966 and 1970 on Elektra, followed by five further albums between 1971 and 1974 on Island Records. Members: Robin Williamson (guitar, violin, whistle, mandolin, gimbri, flute, oud, percussion, pan pipe, piano, shenai, [water] harp, […]

Mr Fox

Mr Fox were an English folk-rock band from London led by the husband-and-wife team of singer/multi-instrumentalist Bob Pegg and singer/violinist Carole Pegg. The band released a self-titled album on Transatlantic Records in 1970, followed by The Gipsy in 1971. Upon the couple’s divorce in 1972, the band split. Both Pegg’s subsequently recorded as solo artists. […]

Pentangle

Pentangle was an English folk-rock band from London that released six albums between 1968 and 1972 on Transatlantic–Reprise. After a twelve-year absence, they reemerged with a trio of albums on Spindrift, Transmedia, and pläne during the second half of the 1980s. Members: Jacqui McShee (vocals), Bert Jansch (guitar, vocals), John Renbourn (guitar, sitar, vocals, 1967-73, […]

5 Hand Reel

5 Hand Reel were an English/Scottish folk-rock band that released three albums on RCA Victor between 1976 and 1978, followed by a fourth on Topic Records in 1979. Members: Bobby Eaglesham (vocals, mandolin, guitar, dulcimer, side drum), Tom Hickland (vocals, fiddle, keyboards, organ), Barry Lyons (bass, keyboards, whistle), Dave Tulloch (percussion, side drum, harmonica), Chuck […]