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Associated Artists

Some of our favourite people in the business.

Maartin Allcock

Ex-Fairporter and a splendid multi-instrumentalist. RIP

Steve Ashley

One of the great talents of the British folk scene. Relatively quiet for several years, but renewed interest with the CD issues of his first album and a retrospective. New live CD available.

Les Barker

One of Britain’s finest professional lunatics. Poems, laughter and steam trains.

Phil Beer

Ridiculously talented multi-instrumentalist. One half of Show of Hands, he also tours with his band.

Joe Broughton

Fiddle player with the last line-up of the Albion Band and a musician, unicyclist and juggler extraordinaire!

Francis Cabrel

French singer / songwriter who has been around for a number of years. HUGE in France, he has written some terrific songs.

Gerry Colvin

The utterly wonderful and mighty songwriting talent of Gerry Colvin. The live gigs are an experience not to be missed!

Johnny Coppin

Strongly associated with the Cotswolds and the West Country. A fine singer /songwriter and musical interpreter of poetry. Some of his most notable work includes collaborations with Laurie Lee.

Cross o’th Hand

Derby based acoustic four piece play contemporary, traditional and European music. They feature ex-Rattlers Sarah Matthews and John Adams.

Julian Dawson

Singer /songwriter who should be hugely famous! Well known to Fairporters and solid European fan base. Check out the sound files on Real Audio.

Kevin Dempsey

Ex-Dando Shaft & Whippersnapper, Kev is a fine singer & guitarist and long-time collaborator with Dave Swarbrick.

Sandy Denny

Without doubt, the finest female voice of her generation. Sadly missed.

Blair Dunlop

Ashley and Judy Dunlop’s son. Encouraged to take to the stage since a young age, he has now blossomed into a greatly admired singer, guitarist and actor. Check out the film clips.

Fairport Convention – their own domain

The original and the best. Regular Winter tour and CROPREDY!!

Fiddlers 3

Interesting family outfit from across “the pond”. Well worthwhile checking out.

Five Furious Fish

West Country high energy roots dance band playing original reggae, Cajun, zydeco and Celtic funk. Features Simon Swarbrick, Dave’s nephew.

The Joyce Gang

A mighty band from Exeter featuring the talents of Paul Downes, John Redmond and Dave McKeown. Absolutely phenomenal live!!

Steve Knightley

The singer / songwriter half of Show of Hands. “Vast, windswept voice” and grown-up lyrics.

Jez Lowe

Singer/songwriter from the Northeast with breathtaking, lyrical material.

Dave Mattacks

Ex-Fairport and just about every important session you care to name, where a drummer is required. Watch out for periodic jazz dates.

Iain Matthews

Official site for one of the original Fairports. Massive back catalogue of wonderful music and still going strong.

Simon Mayor &

Hilary James

Mandolin madness from two of the UK’s finest exponents. The site also has links to their albums, tuition books and work with children. Highly recommended.

Brian McNeill

Ex-founding member of The Battlefield Band. His solo albums are literate masterpieces and his multi-instrumental virtuosity is unsurpassed.

Ralph McTell

Not just “Streets of London”!! Terrific guitarist, brilliant lyrics and a consistent performer of the highest quality.

Elaine Morgan

Fantastic vocalist, former lead singer with Rose Among Thorns and erstwhile collaborator with Ashley Hutchings.

Old Glory

A Molly dance side from Suffolk. Truly remarkable in that every dance is a sepia print in motion. Worth a journey to see them.


One of the most well-known and respected bands to emerge from the British acoustic/rock scene. Their new official site is kept fully up to date with all the latest tours and information. Some music to download too…

Chris Parkinson

Musical collaborator with Martin and Norma, member of The House Band and a splendid exponent of squeezy things.

Ashley Reed

Highly gifted fiddler, ex-Albions and now linked with Celtic Orbis. Check out the website for more info.

Deb Sandland

The smoky voiced diva from the Phil Beer Band. New, developing site with photos, music etc.

Show of Hands

The best male duo on the circuit. Mighty songs and blistering musicianship.

Mike Silver

Recently featured on Radio 2. A fine singer/songwriter, highly regarded by fellow professionals. Tenderness and raw power in equal measure. “Miss him at your peril”.


Gloriously resurrected, yet again. Mutter Slater & Andy Davies back in harness and all’s right with the world. Welcome back Syracuse!! Some fab stuff on YouTube as well.

Saffron Summerfield

Well respected singer/songwriter with some much sought after back catalogue.

John Tams

Official site for “The great John Tams” (Charles Spencer – Daily Telegraph), web shopping included. Somercotes lad made good – enough said!

Graeme Taylor

Wonderful guitarist. Ex-Albion Band and collaborator with many fine musicians.

Richard Thompson Official Site – Beesweb

Mr. Thompson’s own site with a regular diary, tour dates, song information, photographs and merchandise. Essential.

Steve Tilston

A fine singer / songwriter with a whole raft of great albums. His material has been well publicised by Fairport Convention in recent years and he continues to produce beautifully crafted songs.

Chris While & Julie Matthews

THE female duo. Ex-Albion lead singers, now firmly established in their own right. Great songs, great music and great fun.

The Witchmen

The finest exponents of the “Other Dance” to come out of the Border tradition. Dark, pagan & very tribal. Featured at Sidmouth in 2002 and regulars at Whittlesey Straw Bear. They are FANTASTIC.

Alan Woolley

Updated website for the former lead singer with The Rattlers, now solo.


Other Sites of Interest


Aardman Productions

The makers of Creature Comforts, Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run etc. Co-owner Peter Lord is a big folk fan, especially of the Waterson:Carthy family


Everything you are ever likely to need on all things accordion, concertina and squeezy things. Everything from folk, classical, world music etc. etc. A goldmine.


BBC Radio2 Folk and Acoustic Website

The Beeb website featuring concert webcasts, reviews, an artists’ index, a virtual session and much more.

Dartford Folk Club

Still going strong after a quarter of a century. Good guest list, friendly people and plush venue.


Complete music and media management company including web page design, recording, distribution etc.

Folk and Roots

Useful site with links to artists, venues and other folk related sites. Check out the links page especially.

An online site for all folk fans. Interviews, features, photographs and MP3 files. Really good stuff.

Folk London

Handy gig guide for the London area. Print form available at clubs throughout London and the South-east.

The Half Moon, Putney

Legendary London music venue that went quiet for a long time but is now, very definitely, back in business. Check out their special charity event.

Iconic Music & Media

New agency representing e2K, Bob Fox, Steve Gibbons. Also booking out the “Fairport Supporters” tour featuring Bob Fox, Steve Tilston & Anna Ryder.

Jill Swarbrick

Dave Swarbrick’s wife is an excellent fine artist. Check out her paintings and order prints here.

The Ledge – Fairport Convention Official Fan Club

Run by Ian Burgess and featuring all things Fairport and Fairport related. Quarterly magazines and lots of information about the history and mysteries of the band.

The Living Tradition

Fine magazine published in Scotland but not in the least parochial. Well worth a read.


Nettlebed Folk Club

One of the finest music clubs in the south of England. Located in the village of Nettlebed, Oxfordshire. Excellent guest list. Meets every Monday.

Peppery Productions

Peppery Productions is a non-profit making body that aims to bring the best in world music to Suffolk, at affordable prices.  Any surplus they make is used to keep ticket prices down. 

The Ram Club

A splendid club located in Surrey. Run by Bob and Maggie Wood and featuring a fine list of guests. Youngs ale and good atmosphere.


An absolute must for sheet music. They have over 325,000 separate titles including, for example, 516 fiddle titles

Sussex Folk Guide

Internet gig guide for folk music in Sussex and adjacent areas.

Topic Records

Possibly the oldest independent label in the world. Sound files, full catalogue, mail order service and much more. One of our favourites.

New website devoted to Scottish, Irish and World music. Comprehensive reviews, gigs and artists’ information.