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    Your favourite British folk & folk-rock albums

    Steeleye Span - All Around My Hat
    Fairport Convention - Liege & Leaf
    Pentangle - Cruel Sister
    Bert Jansch - Rosemary Lane
    The Unthanks - Here's The Tender Coming
    Rachel Unthank & The Winterset - Cruel Sister
    The Watersons - For Pence and Spicy Ale
    Jethro Tull - Songs from the Wood
    Circulus - The Lick on.....
    Ralph McTell - Spiral Staircase
    Capercaillie - s/t
    Five Hand Reel - s/t
    Silly Sisters - debut

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    Is it just me or is the intro to the Silly Sisters Fine Horseman almost exactly the same as the intro to Don't Fear the Reaper?
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    Sociopolitical & cultural footnote: Most Irish bands from or in Northern Ireland are not British by blood, culture or citizenship they are Irish.
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    Davy Graham-Folk, Blues and Beyond
    Davy Graham and Shirley Collins-Folk Roots, New Routes
    Shirley Collins-The Power Of The True Love Knot
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    Surely Donovan makes the cut? I'd have to include at least Sunshine Superman, Mellow Yellow, The Hurdy Gurdy Man and probably others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterG View Post
    Sociopolitical & cultural footnote: Most Irish bands from or in Northern Ireland are not British by blood, culture or citizenship they are Irish.
    I would have said that since Ireland is the second largest isalnd in the British Isles, the Irish are, ipso facto, British.

    Heh.

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    First four ISB LPs
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    Decameron - Say Hello To The Band

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    Don't go there Bob, really, don't ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterG View Post
    Don't go there Bob, really, don't ....
    Don't go to Ireland? Why not? I hear 'tis a lovely place, to be sure, to be sure.

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    Does it have...cowbell?

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    Comus - First Utterance
    Pentangle - Reflections
    Jethro Tull - TAAB
    Spirogyra - St Radiguns
    Trees- On The Shore & Delawney
    Jan Dukes De Grey - Mice & Rats in the Loft
    Roy Harper - Stormcock
    String Driven Thing - Machine That Cried


    Fuschia - s/t
    Fresh Maggots - s/t



    Quote Originally Posted by mogrooves View Post
    First four ISB LPs
    they're Scottish!!

    so are SDT and Pentangle in great parts.
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    Roy Harper
    Nick Drake
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    Fresh Maggots- s/t
    Trees- On The Shore
    Comus- First Utterance
    Gryphon- Midnight Mushrumps

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    Jan Dukes De Grey
    Comus
    Gryphon
    Third Ear Band
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    Quote Originally Posted by mogrooves View Post
    First four ISB LPs
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    they're Scottish!!

    so are SDT and Pentangle in great parts.
    Scottish is British.

    Any of Vashti Bunyan's three albums, but especially the first, the superlative 'Just Another Diamond Day'.

    Excellent 30-page autobiographical feature in the latest issue of Flashback, by the way.

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    Gotta add Wolf People.
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    Would you count the modern bands?

    North Sea Radio Orchestra
    Arch Garrison
    Stars In Battledress
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    Wow no Sandy Denny or Fotheringay on the lists?
    Sandy Denny - North Star Grassman and the Ravens
    Fotheringay
    Steeleye Span - Rocket Cottage

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    ^^^ Fairport Convention were mentioned, so I suppose that was assumed to include Sandy Denny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luckie View Post
    Scottish is British.

    Any of Vashti Bunyan's three albums, but especially the first, the superlative 'Just Another Diamond Day'.
    Not after the next referendum ... I can tell you that the few Scots I know (most of them at work in Brussels or Edimburgh) are really miffed at this wasted opportunity (didn't prepare well enough)

    As for Washti, I heard all three , and to be honest, she's totally soporific.


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    About time people stopped using the term "Britain" when what they mean is "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland."

    Scotland is, and always has been, part of Great Britain, therefore part of "Britain". Whether it continues to be part of the UK, only time will tell.

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    Not in order:

    Richard & Linda Thompson, Pour Down Like Silver
    June Tabor, Abyssinans
    Dick Gaughan, A Handful of Earth
    Shirley & Dolly Collins, Anthems in Eden, Love, Death and the Lady
    Lal and Mike Waterson, Bright Phoebus

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob_32_116 View Post
    About time people stopped using the term "Britain" when what they mean is "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland."
    It is a cultural thing; The Englishmen called their empire British, while the US citizens appropriated even more "modest" adjective - American.

    Anyway, as for my favourite folk-rock I will go for these less known albums:

    Fuchsia
    Tudor Lodge

    BTW, is there a notion of Big Three/Four/Five/... in progressive folk-rock? I mean the most praised bands are usually Pentangle, Fairport Convention, Incredible String Band, Comus and Strawbs. Then you have singer-songwriters like Donovan, Nick Drake, Roy Harper and John Martyn, and finally, renown instrumentalists, namely Davey Graham, Richard Thompson, Bert Jansch and John Renbourn. Have I overrated or missed anyone?
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    I think the two folky bands most often mentioned are Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span, with probably Pentangle in third place.

    It's worth mentioning Judy Dyble. Although she was the original lead singer of Fairport Convention, her recent albums, Talking With Strangers and the follow-up (whose name I forget) are definitely on the progressive side of folk - not surprising, since Tim Bowness is a collaborator.

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