Famous British Folk Singers

Find out more about the greatest British Folk Singers, including George Ezra, Marcus Mumford, James Blunt, Cat Stevens and Nick Drake.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 
Cat Stevens
(Singer and Multi-Instrumentalist Known for His Albums ‘Tea for the Tillerman’ and ‘Teaser and the Firecat’)

Cat Stevens
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Birthdate: July 21, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

British singer, Cat Stevens, has released more than 15 studio albums and has churned out many hit songs. He converted to Islam in 1977 and adopted the name Yusuf Islam. He was slammed for reportedly backing the death fatwa on author Salman Rushdie. He has also been accused of allegedly having ties with terrorist organisations, a charge he has vehemently denied.

 2 
Van Morrison
(Singer)

Van Morrison
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Birthdate: August 31, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bloomfield, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Northern Irish singer, Van Morrison, garnered recognition in the 1960s while playing with the band, Them, and then later as a solo singer with the 1967 song Brown Eyed Girl. Over the years, he has released more than 40 albums. Astral Weeks, Moondance, Wavelength, Down the Road and Keep It Simple are some of his acclaimed and commercially successful albums.

 3 
George Ezra
(Best Known for His Hit Single 'Budapest' & Debut Studio Album 'Wanted on Voyage')

George Ezra
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Birthdate: June 7, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hertford, Hertfordshire, England

George Ezra is an English guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He achieved popularity after releasing his debut album Wanted on Voyage, which peaked at number one in the UK. It was also one of the best-selling albums in the UK in the year 2014. In 2019, George Ezra was honored with the Brit Award under the British Male Solo Artist category.

 4 
Donovan
(Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Composer, Autobiographer, Writer, Poet, Record producer, Film score composer)

Donovan
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Birthdate: May 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Donovan is a Scottish guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for developing and popularizing a distinctive and eclectic style that blended many genres, such as folk, jazz, pop, calypso, and psychedelic rock. Donovan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, in 2012 and 2014, respectively.

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 5 
Sandy Denny
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Songwriter)

Sandy Denny
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Birthdate: January 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London
Died: April 21, 1978

 6 
Vera Lynn
(Singer, Entertainer whose musical recordings, performances were very popular during the Second World War)

Vera Lynn
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Birthdate: March 20, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Essex, England, United Kingdom
Died: June 18, 2020

 7 
Nick Drake
(Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Guitarist, Composer)

Nick Drake
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Birthdate: June 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yangon, Myanmar
Died: November 25, 1974

Nick Drake was a British singer-songwriter best remembered for his acoustic guitar-based music. Although he failed to achieve popularity during his lifetime, Drake's music has achieved recognition in recent times. He suffered from depression throughout his life and died at the age of 26 from an overdose of a prescribed antidepressant called amitriptyline.

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 8 
Richard Thompson
(Musician, Singer-Songwriter)

Richard Thompson
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Birthdate: April 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Notting Hill Gate, London

 9 
Passenger
(musician, singer-songwriter, singer)

Passenger
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Birthdate: May 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brighton and Hove

 10 
Laura Marling
(Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Singer)

Laura Marling
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Birthdate: February 1, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: England

 11 
Al Stewart
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Songwriter)

Al Stewart
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Birthdate: September 5, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glasgow

 12 
Roger Whittaker
(Singer-songwriter)

Roger Whittaker
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Birthdate: March 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

 13 
Ralph McTell
(Singer-Songwriter Best Known for His Song ‘Streets of London')

Ralph McTell
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Birthdate: December 3, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Farnborough, Kent, England

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Rebecca Pidgeon
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Birthdate: October 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

 15 
Lianne La Havas
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Pianist, Songwriter, Musician, Guitarist)

Lianne La Havas
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Birthdate: August 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London

 16 
Ed Sheeran
(Singer)

Ed Sheeran
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Birthdate: February 17, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Halifax, West Yorkshire, England

Ed Sheeran is one of the most popular English singer-songwriters of the current generation. His songs Castle on the Hill and Shape of You from his third studio album broke records in several countries. He is one of the best-selling music artists in the world, having sold over 150 million records worldwide.

 17 
Beth Gibbons
(Singer)

Beth Gibbons
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Birthdate: January 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bristol, England, UK

 18 

Scott Hutchison
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Birthdate: November 20, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Selkirk, Scottish Borders, Scotland, UK
Died: May 10, 2018

 19 
John Martyn
(Singer)

John Martyn
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Birthdate: September 11, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Malden, Surrey, England, UK
Died: January 29, 2009

 20 
Ronnie Lane
(Musician, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist)

Ronnie Lane
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Birthdate: April 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Plaistow
Died: July 4, 1997

 21 
Ewan MacColl
(Singer)

Ewan MacColl
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Birthdate: January 25, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Broughton, Salford, England
Died: October 22, 1989

 22 
Dewey Bunnell
(Musician)

Dewey Bunnell
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Birthdate: January 19, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Harrogate, Yorkshire, England

 23 
Ella Edmondson
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist)

Ella Edmondson
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Birthdate: January 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hammersmith

 24 
Maddy Prior
(Singer)

Maddy Prior
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Birthdate: August 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Blackpool

 25 
Steve Tilston
(Singer-songwriter)

Steve Tilston
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Birthdate: March 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Liverpool

 26 
Vashti Bunyan
(Known for Her 1970 Album 'Just Another Diamond Day')

Vashti Bunyan
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Birthdate: December 20, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, England

 27 
Kate Rusby
(Singer)

Kate Rusby
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Birthdate: December 4, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Barnsley

 28 
Phil Coulter
(Musician, Composer, Songwriter, Pianist)

Phil Coulter
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Birthdate: February 19, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Derry

 29 
Jake Thackray
(Singer-songwriter, Poet)

Jake Thackray
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Birthdate: February 27, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leeds
Died: December 24, 2002

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Lucy Rose
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 31 
Peter Sarstedt
(Best Known for the Song 'Where Do You Go To' (My Lovely))

Peter Sarstedt
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Birthdate: December 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Delhi, India
Died: January 8, 2017

Peter Sarstedt was an English singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. He mainly performed pop music with elements inspired by ballads and traditional folk music. He is best known for writing and singing the song Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?, which won an Ivor Novello Award. He was active in the music scene for over 40 years. 

 32 
Julie Driscoll
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Jazz musician, Actor)

Julie Driscoll
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Birthdate: June 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London

 33 
Dana Gillespie
(Actor, Singer, Songwriter)

Dana Gillespie
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Birthdate: March 30, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Woking

 34 
John Tams
(Actor, Songwriter, Singer, Record producer, Entrepreneur, Film score composer, Photographer)

John Tams
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Birthdate: February 16, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Holbrook, Derbyshire

John Tams is an English actor, musician, composer, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for portraying the role of Daniel Hagman in the television drama series Sharpe. As a musician, John Tams worked with Ashley Hutchings before forming a folk-rock group called Home Service in late 1980.

 35 
Mike Harding
(Comedian, Songwriter)

Mike Harding
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Birthdate: October 23, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Crumpsall

 36 
Anne Briggs
(Singer)

Anne Briggs
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Birthdate: September 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toton

Lauren Aquilina
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 38 
June Tabor
(Singer)

June Tabor
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Birthdate: December 31, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Warwick, England

 39 
Teddy Thompson
(Singer-songwriter, Guitarist)

Teddy Thompson
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Birthdate: February 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London

 40 
Thea Gilmore
(Singer, Singer-songwriter)

Thea Gilmore
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Birthdate: November 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oxford

 41 
A.L. Lloyd
(Singer, Musician)

A.L. Lloyd
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Birthdate: February 29, 1908
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wandsworth, London, England
Died: September 29, 1982

 42 
Tara Blaise
(Singer)

Tara Blaise
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Birthdate: March 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England

 43 
Mike Waterson
(Musician)

Mike Waterson
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Birthdate: January 16, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, England
Died: June 22, 2011

 44 

Frankie Armstrong
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Birthdate: January 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Workington, England

 45 
Louis Killen
(Singer)

Louis Killen
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Birthdate: January 10, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gateshead, England
Died: August 9, 2013

Bob Roberts
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 47 
Bob Copper
(Singer)

Bob Copper
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Birthdate: January 6, 1915
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: England
Died: March 29, 2004