The original inspiration for Fairport Convention’s music was that of the American Folk Rock bands such as the Byrds & Bob Dylan. After a few solid albums, they signed with Island Records, hired the distinctively voiced Sandy Denny and began to look towards the past. They reworked traditional British Folk standards and gave them an updated feel with modern instruments. This was the dawn of British Electric Folk and launched a Folk revival in the United Kingdom which spawned many other acts in the years to come. Though the critics did love them around the world, they probably did not make enough of a commercial dent to receive any serious consideration for the Hall.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom (England)
Why They Will Get In:
They reinvigorated a genre in England.
Why They Won’t Get In:
They do not have enough name recognition in the United States.
Fairport Convention (1968)
What We Did On Our Holidays (1969)
Liege & Lief (1969)
Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:
Fotheringay (From What We Did On Our Holidays, 1969)
She Moves Through the Fair (From What We Did On Our Holidays, 1969)
A Sailor’s Life (From Unhalfbricking, 1969)
Who Knows Where the Time Goes? (From Unhalfbricking, 1969)
Tam Lin (From Liege & Lief, 1969)