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Electric FolkThe Changing Face of English Traditional Music$
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Britta Sweers

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195174786

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195174786.001.0001

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The Performers and Groups

The Performers and Groups

Individual Biographies

(p.69) Three The Performers and Groups
Electric Folk

Britta Sweers

Oxford University Press

The history of electric folk is a sequel of individual, yet closely intertwined biographies. Given the complex interrelationship of the acoustic revival scene and subsequent electric approaches, this chapter first discusses acoustic artists of the Second Revival who played a key role in the emergence of the genre. This includes the more traditionally oriented duo Shirley and Dolly Collins, guitarist Martin Carthy and fiddle player Dave Swarbrick, as well as guitarists Davy Graham, Bert Jansch, and John Renbourn, the latter two being the founding members of the jazz-fusion group Pentangle. A central focus is set on the key folk rock group Fairport Convention — including Sandy Denny, guitarist Richard Thompson, and bassist/band leader Ashley Hutchings, who also founded Steeleye Span. While still connected to this early period, the Oysterband represents a more recent folk rock-oriented approach.

Keywords:   electric folk, Shirley Collins, Martin Carthy, Dave Swarbrick, Davy Graham, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Pentangle, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span

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