British Male Folk Singers

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Richard Thompson
(Best Known as the Lead Guitarist and Songwriter of the Folk Fock Group 'Fairport Convention')
Richard Thompson
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Birthdate: April 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Notting Hill Gate, London

Richard Thompson is an English guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He helped revive British folk music during the 1960s and 1970s by co-founding the folk rock band Fairport Convention where he performed as the lead guitarist and songwriter. One of his best-known songs, 1952 Vincent Black Lightning, was named in Time magazine's list of All Time 100 Songs.

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Passenger
(English Singer-Songwriter and Musician Best Known for His Chart-Topping Song ‘Let Her Go’)
Passenger
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Birthdate: May 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brighton and Hove

English singer-songwriter and musician Michael David Rosenberg, well-known by his stage-name Passenger, has spawned several successful albums and singles. These includes the single Let Her Go that became a sleeper hit topping charts in sixteen countries and accumulating over 3.2 billion views on YouTube. Rosenberg was a co-founder, main-vocalist and songwriter of the now dissolved British folk-rock band called Passenger

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Al Stewart
(Scottish Folk-Rock Musician Best Known for His Hit Single 'Year of the Cat')
Al Stewart
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Birthdate: September 5, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glasgow

Al Stewart is a Scottish folk-rock musician and singer-songwriter. He achieved popularity during the 1960s and 1970s and helped revive British folk music. He is best known for his single Year of the Cat, which became a hit worldwide. Over the course of his career, Al Stewart has worked with well-known musicians like Peter White, Jimmy Page, and Richard Thompson.

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Roger Whittaker
(British Musician and Singer Known for His Trademark Whistling Ability, Baritone Singing Voice, and Guitar Skills)
Roger Whittaker
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Birthdate: March 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

Roger Whittaker is a British musician and singer-songwriter. Best known for his trademark whistling ability, baritone singing voice, and guitar skills, Whittaker is one of the best-selling artistes in the UK. Roger Whittaker forsook his teaching career to establish himself as a musician, a decision which he has never regretted. 

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Ronnie Lane
(Bass Guitarist and Founding Member of Rock-&-Roll Bands 'Small Faces' and 'Faces')
Ronnie Lane
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Birthdate: April 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Plaistow
Died: July 4, 1997

Ronnie Lane was an English musician, music producer, and songwriter. He is best remembered as the founding member of the popular rock and roll bands, Small Faces and Faces. Ronnie Lane’s work with the bands earned him a posthumous induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Ralph McTell
(English Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist Known for His Hit Song 'Streets of London')
Ralph McTell
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Birthdate: December 3, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Farnborough, Kent, England

English singer and guitarist Ralph McTell is best known for his contribution to English folk music. He soared to fame with his chartbusting hit Streets of London. The singer has also hosted children’s programs such as Alphabet Zoo. Interestingly, he had started his career as a teacher, before switching to music.

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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.

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Ewan MacColl
(Folk Singer-Songwriter Known for His Songs: 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face', 'Dirty Old Town')
Ewan MacColl
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Birthdate: January 25, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Broughton, Salford, Lancashire, England
Died: October 22, 1989

British folk singer-songwriter, folk song-collector, political activist, and actor Ewan MacColl, was a leading figure of the 1960s British folk revival. He is noted for writing songs like The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face and Dirty Old Town. He was also involved in trade unionism and socialist politics as a steadfast communist and wrote several left-wing political songs.

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John Martyn
(British Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist Known for His Albums ‘Glorious Fool’ and ‘Well Kept Secret’)
John Martyn
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Birthdate: September 11, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Malden, Surrey, England
Died: January 29, 2009

Iain David McGeachy OBE, well-known by his stage name John Martyn, was a critically-acclaimed British singer-songwriter and guitarist. Commencing his music career at age 17, Martyn soon created a distinctive style drawing inspiration from blues and folk and emerged as a leading figure in the British folk scene. Two of his top-30 albums include Glorious Fool and Well Kept Secret.

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Dewey Bunnell
(Singer-Songwriter and Member of the Folk-Rock Band 'America')
Dewey Bunnell
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Birthdate: January 19, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Harrogate, Yorkshire, England

British-American singer-guitarist Dewey Bunnell soared to fame as part of the folk-rock band America, which released hit singles such as A Horse with No Name in the 1970s. His tracks were later reworked by music legend Michael Jackson. He and his band have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Peter Sarstedt
(British Singer-Songwriter Best Known for His 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. 

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Steve Tilston
(English Singer-Songwriter Known as One of the Finest Artists of Irish and English Folk Music)
Steve Tilston
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Birthdate: March 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Liverpool

Known for both his singing and guitar skills, English singer Steve Tilston remains one of the most celebrated musicians of the Irish and English folk genre. He has also often collaborated with his former partner, Maggie Boyle. He has also won a Folk Award and penned a novel.

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Phil Coulter
(Irish Singer-Songwriter Known for His Partnership with Songwriter Bill Martin)
Phil Coulter
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Birthdate: February 19, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Derry

A legend of Celtic music, Phil Coulter was the best-selling Irish music artist of his time. Starting his career as a songwriter for various artists, he later teamed up with songwriter Bill Martin to write hits such as Puppet on a String. He also penned a theme for the Irish rugby team.

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Jake Thackray
(English Singer-Songwriter, Poet & Journalist)
Jake Thackray
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Birthdate: February 27, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leeds
Died: December 24, 2002

Jake Thackray was an English poet, journalist, and singer-songwriter. He achieved immense popularity during the 1960s and 1970s when he started appearing on British television, performing his topical comedy songs. Jake Thackray is credited with influencing performers like Jarvis Cocker, Alex Turner, Ralph McTell, and Mike Harding.

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Mike Harding
(English Singer-Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist and Comedian)
Mike Harding
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Birthdate: October 23, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Crumpsall

Mike Harding is an English singer, songwriter, poet, comedian, author, multi-instrumentalist, and broadcaster. A multi-talented person, Harding has also tried his hand at photography, filmmaking, and scriptwriting. Mike Harding is also credited with launching his own radio show titled The Mike Harding Folk Show. 

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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.

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Teddy Thompson
(British Folk-Rock Artist and Son of Musicians Richard & Linda Thompson)
Teddy Thompson
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Birthdate: February 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London

The only son of legendary folk-rock musicians Richard & Linda Thompson, Teddy Thompson is a folk-rock artist in his own right and first gained attention with his appearance in this father’s album You? Me? Us? He later brought his mother out of retirement and co-produced her come-back album.

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A.L. Lloyd
(English Singer & Collector of Folk Songs)
A.L. Lloyd
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Birthdate: February 29, 1908
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wandsworth, London, England
Died: September 29, 1982

A.L. Lloyd was an English folk singer. A collector of folk songs, Lloyd played an important role during the British folk revival movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Lloyd also helped establish industrial folk music through his recordings, books, and theoretical writings.

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Mike Waterson
(English Folk Singer-Songwriter Known for His Association With the Popular Folk Group, 'The Watersons')
Mike Waterson
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Birthdate: January 16, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, England
Died: June 22, 2011

Mike Waterson was an English folk singer, songwriter, and author. He is best remembered for his association with the popular folk group, The Watersons. Waterson was also an important member of the English folk supergroup, Blue Murder. Mike Waterson is also remembered for his work with his sisters, Lal and Norma Waterson.

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Bob Roberts
(British Folk Singer-Songwriter & Storyteller)
Bob Roberts
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Bob Roberts was a British storyteller, folk singer, songwriter, bargeman, journalist, and author. Renowned for his charismatic personality and great story-telling ability, Bob Roberts achieved popularity in the 1950s when he started appearing in folk clubs and festivals.

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Bob Copper
(Legendary English Folk Singer and Member of the Musical 'Cooper Family')
Bob Copper
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Birthdate: January 6, 1915
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: England
Died: March 29, 2004

Born into the famous musical Copper family of Rottingdean, British singer Bob Copper is remembered as a folk music legend. He, along with his family, wrote down songs and had a unique style of a capella singing. He was later awarded the Gold Badge of the English Folk Dance and Song Society.