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Bailey, Roy Victor (1935–2018), sociologist and folk singer, was born Roy Victor Smith on 20 October 1935 at the Southwark Diocesan Home, 56 Gap Road, Wimbledon, Surrey, the son of Anne Matilda Smith, waitress. On his mother’s marriage to John Edward Bailey in ...

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Bellamy, Peter Franklyn (1944–1991), folk-singer, was born on 8 September 1944 at 23 Knole Road in Bournemouth, the fourth of five children. Shortly afterwards his parents, Richard Reynell Bellamy (1901–1988) and Hilda Maud Bellamy, née Steel (1907–1994), moved to Norfolk, which became Bellamy's...

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Campbell, Ian (1933–2012), folk singer and songwriter, was born on 10 June 1933 at 89 Skene Street, Aberdeen, the son of David Dunn Campbell, fish worker and later a trade union official, and his wife, Isabella Armstrong, née Sutherland. He was the eldest of four children, followed by his brother, ...

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Carter, Sydney Bertram (1915–2004), songwriter and journalist, was born on 6 May 1915 at 36 St Paul's Road, Canonbury, London, the son of Bertram Rust Carter, a jeweller's sundryman's salesman, and his wife, Ada, née Jenner. He attended Montem Street school in Islington...

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Dorothy Ann Collins (1933–1995) by Brian Shuel, 1966 [right, with her sister Shirley Collins] Collections / Brian Shuel

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Collins, Dorothy Ann [Dolly] (1933–1995), folk musician, was born on 6 March 1933 at Fernbank Nursing Home, Old London Road, Hastings, the elder of the two daughters of (Leonard) George Collins (1910–c.1970), a milk roundsman, and his wife, Dorothy Florence Ball (...

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Copper (per. 1845–2000) by unknown photographer, [Copper family (per. 1845–2000) [left to right]: Robert [Bob] James Copper (1915-2004), James [Jim] Dale Copper (bap. 1882, d. 1954), Walter Ronald [Ron] Copper (1911–1978), and (Francis) John William Copper (1880–1952)] Coppersongs

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Copper family (per. 1845–2000), folk-singers, of Rottingdean on the Sussex coast, 4 miles to the east of Brighton, came to prominence with the brothers James Copper [see below] and Thomas Copper [see below]. They are among the most important performers of English traditional song ever to have been recorded. A selection of their songs appeared in the first number of the ...

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Fisher, Ray Galbraith (1940–2011), folk singer, songwriter, and guitarist, was born on 26 November 1940 at Redlands Hospital, Glasgow, the second of six daughters and third of seven children of John Fisher, a retired police inspector, and his wife, Marion (Morag), née Macdonald (1917–2008)...

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Garbutt, Vincent Paul [Vin] (1947–2017), folk singer, songwriter, and raconteur, was born on 20 November 1947 at 18 Coral Street, South Bank, Eston, in the North Riding of Yorkshire, the younger son and third of four children of Alfred (Alf) Garbutt...

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Hart, Timothy Daniel [Tim] (1948–2009), folk musician and singer, was born at Bromhead Maternity Home, Lincoln, on 9 January 1948, the son of Dennis Daniel Hart, then a student at Lincoln Theological College, and his wife, Mavis Edith, née Good. He was brought up in ...

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Timothy Daniel Hart (1948–2009) by Keith Morris, 1977 © Redferns / Getty Images

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(Seifield) Gordon Heath (1918–1991) by unknown photographer collection of Stephen Bourne

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Heath, (Seifield) Gordon (1918–1991), actor and folk-singer, was born on 20 September 1918 in New York city, the son of Cyril Gordon Heath, originally from Barbados, and his wife, Hattie, née Hopper. He was educated at the City College of New York. His early stage roles included ...