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Comus

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While the music is folk, the atmostphere couldn't be more weirder on this classic Dawn band's debut album. Death without the Metal? Prog before Prog?

Founded: 1967

Location: Bromley, Kent

Website: Comus - Progressive/ Psychedelic / Wyrd / Folk Rock (UK)

Cousins, Dave

Guitarist, singer and composer of Strawbs.

Founded: 1945

Location: Hounslow, Middlesex, England

Website: STRAWBSWEB

Fairport Convention

For those interested in British folk rock, look no further.

Founded: 1967

Location: London, England

Website: Fairport Convention's official website

Fotheringay

Sandy Denny's post-Fairport group, with future husband Trevor Lucas.

Founded: 1970

Location: London, England

Gryphon

Founded: 1971

Location: London, England

Website: The Gryphon Home Page

Harper, Roy

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Though best known for his collaborations with Jimmy Page and Pink Floyd, Roy Harper is one of the pillars of Folk Britannia. A prolific and influential musician, his music should not be missed.

Founded: 1941

Location: Rusholme, Manchester, England

Website: Roy Harper Official Website

Haskell, Gordon

Founded: 1946

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Website: Gordon Haskell

Incredible String Band, The

Fronted by Mike Heron and Robin Williamson, The Incredible String Band were one of the earliest folk bands to incorporate psychedelic music into their sound. Massively influential, the band were a major live attraction.

Founded: 1966

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

Website: Official Mike Heron

Jethro Tull

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Led by Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull was the first group from the progressive era to score resounding chart success. Originally their music was based in rhythm and blues, but punctuated with Anderson's flute playing and larger-than-life stage persona. By Thick As A Brick, the band would provide the ultimate concept album: one song spread over both sides of the album, housed in a newspaper-facsimile record jacket. By the mid-70s, the bands work become more formulaic, but fan favorites were just around the corner, as the folk-roots of Songs For The Wood would attest.

Founded: 1967

Location: London, England

Website: Jethro Tull

Steeleye Span

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Led by Maddy Prior and Tim Hart, with Rick Kemp, Bob Johnson and Peter Knight one of Britian's finest folk-rock bands.

Founded: 1969

Location: London, England

Website: History of Steeleye Span