British Women Folk Singers

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

Throughout history, there have been many British women folk singers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great British female folk singers such as Cass Elliot, Charlotte Rampling, Ella Edmondson, Sandy Denny, Laura Marling.
Vote for Your Favourite British Women Folk Singers
 1 
Sandy Denny
(Legendary British Folk Rock Singer and Former Lead Singer of the Band ‘Fairport Convention’)
Sandy Denny
7
Birthdate: January 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London
Died: April 21, 1978

English singer-songwriter Sandy Denny, considered a leading British folk-rock singer, performed as lead-singer of the famous folk-rock band Fairport Convention, and fronted it through many of its successful albums like What We Did on Our Holidays. Other notable works of Denny includes her solo-albums like Rendezvous; and her folk-duet The Battle of Evermore with Robert Plant for Led Zeppelin's album.

 2 
Laura Marling
(Brit Award-Winning British Folk Singer-Songwriter Known for Albums like 'Song for Our Daughter')
Laura Marling
6
Birthdate: February 1, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: England

British folk singer-songwriter Laura Marling is noted for albums like I Speak Because I Can and Song for Our Daughter, which garnered her nomination for Mercury Music Prize. The latter and her sixth album, Semper Femina also earned her Grammy Award nomination for Best Folk Album. She has won the Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist in 2011.

 3 
Beth Gibbons
(English Singer-Songwriter and Member of the Trip Hop Band 'Portishead')
Beth Gibbons
5
Birthdate: January 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Exeter, Devon, England

Singer and lyricist of the English band Portishead, Beth Gibbons was at her family’s farm in Exeter and grew up shunning modern lifestyle or education. Throughout her career, she has collaborated with many artists. She has also been a judge at the Independent Music Award.

 4 
Maddy Prior
(British Folk Singer Best Known as a Founding Member and Lead Vocalist of ‘Steeleye Span’)
Maddy Prior
5
Birthdate: August 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Blackpool

English folk-singer Maddy Prior MBE is best-known as a founding-member and lead vocalist of the folk-rock band Steeleye Span. Her musical pursuits also include collaborating with Mac MacLeod as part of singing duo Mac & Maddy, with June Tabor as part of singing duo Silly Sisters; performing and recording two albums with Tim Hart; and releasing solo albums like Ravenchild.   

 5 
Vashti Bunyan
(Known for Her 1970 Album 'Just Another Diamond Day')
Vashti Bunyan
5
Birthdate: December 20, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, England

English singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan is best-known for her debut album Just Another Diamond Day which got relatively unnoticed following its release in 1970 leading Bunyan  to abandoned her musical-career. The album however gained attention with time and acquired cult following by 2000. This motivated Bunyan to re-start her musical-career after around three decades, and release the albums Lookaftering and Heartleap.    

 6 
Ella Edmondson
(English Singer-Songwriter and Daughter of Comedians Ade Edmondson and Jennifer Saunders)
Ella Edmondson
5
Birthdate: January 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hammersmith

English singer-songwriter Ella Edmondson is the eldest daughter of comedians Ade Edmondson and Jennifer Saunders. During her teens, for some time, Ella became part of the goth subculture. She did several odd jobs before turning to music full-time releasing the EP, Blame Amy, and the album, Hold Your Horses. She also toured with Ade’s English folk band, The Bad Shepherds.   

 7 
Lianne La Havas
(British Record Producer and Singer-Songwriter)
Lianne La Havas
7
Birthdate: August 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London

Lianne La Havas is a British record producer and singer-songwriter. Apart from releasing award-winning albums like Lianne La Havas and Is Your Love Big Enough, La Havas also headlines concert tours. Her work has received nominations for the prestigious Grammy Awards and Brit Awards.

 8 
Kate Rusby
(One of the Most Reputed Contemporary English Folk Singers)
Kate Rusby
4
Birthdate: December 4, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Barnsley

Kate Rusby, counted among the best-known contemporary English folk-singers, has released several successful albums like 20 and Hand Me Down. She co-founded and remained part of the band called Equation; performed as lead-vocalist of The Poozies, an all-female traditional folk band; and contributed guest vocals on Ronan Keating's single All Over Again that reached #6 on the UK Singles Chart

 9 
Dana Gillespie
(English Singer-Songwriter and Actress)
Dana Gillespie
3
Birthdate: March 30, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Woking

Dana Gillespie is an English singer, songwriter, and actress. Gillespie, who started her career as a teen pop musician, went on to experiment with other genres like folk and rock. More recently, she has established herself as an exponent of the blues. As an actress, Dana Gillespie has played interesting roles in movies like The Lost Continent and Bad Timing.  

 10 
Julie Driscoll
(English Actress and Singer)
Julie Driscoll
5
Birthdate: June 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London

Julie Driscoll is an English actress and singer best known for her '60s version of Rick Danko and Bob Dylan's This Wheel's on Fire. Driscoll's version of the song became the unofficial anthem of the psychedelic subculture era in British rock music.

 11 
Anne Briggs
(Legendary English Folk Singer Active During the 1960s and 1970s)
Anne Briggs
2
Birthdate: September 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toton

English folk singer Anne Briggs started her career with folk clubs and later became a cult figure in folk music. However, she apparently hated her voice so much that she ended up retiring from music at age 27. She became a recluse later, but her music ended up inspiring many future folk artists.

 12 
Lauren Aquilina
(Maltese-English Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Debut EP Trilogy—Fools, Sinners and Liars)
Lauren Aquilina
2

Lauren Aquilina is a Maltese-English singer-songwriter. She achieved popularity when she was still a school student by releasing a trilogy of independent EPs, namely Fools, Sinners, and Liars. Since then, Lauren Aquilina has released several best-selling singles, such as Lovers or Liars and Swap Places.

 13 
June Tabor
(Legendary English Folk Singer Known for Her Collaborations with 'Maddy Prior' and 'Oysterband')
June Tabor
3
Birthdate: December 31, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Warwick, England

English folk singer June Tabor first gained fame with the album Silly Sisters, a collaboration with singer Maddy Prior. She is also known for her collaboration with British folk-rock band The Oyster Band. In 2004, she bagged the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for the Folk Singer of the Year.

 14 
Thea Gilmore
(English Alternative and Indie Singer-Songwriter)
Thea Gilmore
2
Birthdate: November 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oxford

English singer-songwriter Thea Gilmore was a teenager when she released her first album. Initially a poetry and short story writer, she left home at 16 and established her own label. She soon gained fame with tracks such as Juliet. She has also collaborated extensively with her husband, producer-songwriter Nigel Stonier.

 15 
Lucy Rose
(English Folk-Rock and Indie-Rock Musician)
Lucy Rose
4

While singer Lucy Rose initially sang gentle folk-rock, she later experimented with pop and added acoustic elements to it. Interestingly, she once sold her own brand of tea at her shows. She also shot a documentary while performing for free and staying with her fans in Latin America.

 16 
Frankie Armstrong
(English Folk Singer and a Prominent Voice Coach and Social Worker)
Frankie Armstrong
1
Birthdate: January 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Workington, England

Known for her powerful soprano voice, English folk singer Frankie Armstrong soared to fame with her rendition of Peggy Seeger's I'm Gonna Be an Engineer. She has performed at folk festivals across the US and Britain. She has also worked as a voice coach at National Theatre and other theater groups.