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Described by The Times as a 'National Treasure', Billy Bragg's brand of socially and politically aware punk-folk has made a remarkable dent in the British conscience and made his name as one of Britain's most popular and out-spoken singer/songwriters. Drawing on the folk tradition of protest song, and the punk sensibilities of direct action, Billy Bragg has made a name for himself as an accomplished and inspirational musician, and as a charged and pro-active activist. At their best, Billy’s songs present ‘the perfect Venn diagram between the political and the personal’ (the Guardian)
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From an early age, Ralph began his career by hitch-hiking around Europe with his guitar, emulating his hero Woody Guthrie. In the mid 60s he worked at a Cornish campsite, being maintenance man by day, entertainer by night, where he graced the stage at the 'Folk Cottage', a tiny barn in Cornwall that hosted an impromptu club, before eventually settling on the 'streets of London'. During this period, Nick Drake's last public performance was supporting Ralph at Epsom college. It was in 1969 that Ralph came to widespread attention though, thanks to an appearance at the Cambridge Folk Festival where all the audience sang along to the now classic anthem 'Streets Of London', thus launching a long term career penning and performing beautiful acoustic and folk politically conscious songs.
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Chas & Dave
In the tradition of The Kinks and the Small Faces and around the same time as Ian Dury and Squeeze, Chas and Dave wrote and recorded exceptionally witty songs about life in London, performed with a strong affection for all things English and reminiscent of many of the great Music Hall artists many years previously. Chas passed away in September 2018, at the age of 74.
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The Jive Aces
Britain's Got Talent stars The Jive Aces are UK's No.1 Jive and Swing band. Renowned for their high energy show, they put Simon Cowell "in a really good mood" and were the first live band to reach the BGT semi-finals. They've headlined Royal Albert Hall, played 30 countries, worked with Van Morrison and played for The Queen. Viral video "Bring Me Sunshine" has 2 million views on Youtube. "Absolutely Brilliant!" - Simon Cowell "Simply sensational!" - The Stage "Wonderful!" - Alan Titchmarsh
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After Lonnie Donegan perhaps the name most associated with the British skiffle boom of the 50s. Remember 'Freight Train' with Nancy Whisky?
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Double Ivor Novello awardwinning lyricist and enigma Chris Difford has brought us characters and sketches from every day life, turning the mundane into the beautiful, the urbane into the exquisite, for over 30 years. With his partner, collaborator, friend and Squeeze co-founder Glenn Tilbrook, Chris has written some of the most enduring and best-loved songs of our time - 'Up The Junction', 'Cool For Cats' and 'Labelled With Love', to name but a few.
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A name synonymous with British pop. As a member of the legendary 'Larry Parnes Stable', along with Tommy Steele, Marty Wilde, Billy Fury and Joe Brown. Vince was the big voiced star of Drumbeat and Oh Boy TV shows.
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The younger sister of Led Zeppelin's legendary drummer John Bonham, Deborah's music is a stunning array of soulful singing and an effortless, sensitive approach to a list of styles, from blues and soul to hard rock and English folk. In the UK and Europe, Deborah has toured and performed with Nazareth, Van Halen, Alannah Myles,Tim Rose, Uli Jon Roth, Paul Weller, Humble Pie, Donovan, Lonnie Donegan, Jools Holland, Ann Peebles and Foreigner. She's also played festivals from Glastonbury to Donnington, and twice at Fairport Convention's Cropredy Festival.
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London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra
From Finland, Denmark, Norway and Germany to the Isle Of Wight & the Isle Of Man, the LPSO have been wowing audiences with their hilarious high energy roots music. With breakneck fiddle and banjo, canine constipation, a homesick saw, a cabbage plays a watering can and a pet's polka. Virtuoso musical madness from all points of the globe!
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The son of skiffle legend, Lonnie Donegan, now performing his father's songs and keeping alive the memory of one of the first stars of the hit parade.
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Son of Lonnie Donegan and now a performer in his own right. Together with brother Peter, Anthony performs the songs that made his dad one of the forefathers of rock'n'roll.
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