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June Tabor


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Warwick, England (1972 – present)

June Tabor (born 31 December 1947 in Warwick, England) is considered one of the foremost English folk singers of her generation. Aside from her highly-acclaimed solo music career, she has also combined her talents with greats such as Maddy Prior (as one half of Silly Sisters), Martin Simpson, Elvis Costello and Oysterband. In 2004, and again in 2012, she was named Folk Singer of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. In 2011 the album “Ragged Kingdom” by June Tabor & Oysterband was named “Album of the Year” in the fROOTS critics poll.

Tabor’s earliest public performances were at the Heart of England Folk Club (at the Fox and Vivian pub) in Leamington Spa in the mid 1960s. In the late 1960s an appearance at the Sidmouth Folk Festival led to folk club bookings and she contributed to various records. One of her earliest recordings was in 1972 on an anthology called Stagfolk Live. She also featured on Rosie Hardman’s Firebird (1972) and The First Folk Review Record (1974). At the time she was singing purely traditional unaccompanied material but in 1976 she collaborated with Maddy Prior on the Silly Sisters album and tour, with a full band that included Nic Jones. It provided the launching pad that same year (1976) for her first album in her own right, Airs and Graces. She later joined again with Prior, this time using the name Silly Sisters for their duo. Starting in 1977 Martin Simpson joined her in the recording studio for three albums before he moved to America in 1987. (Simpson has returned from America to be a guest guitarist on albums in the 2000s.) After his departure, she started working closely with pianist Huw Warren.


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  • innominata_


    26 Apr 12:09pm Reply
  • sheepmachine

    the best singer ever. i can't believe it took me so long to hear of her music

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    I love the fact that most of her albums starts with an 'A'

    22 Aug 2014 Reply
  • mrshankly_

    Abyssinians is an amazing album.

    15 Jul 2014 Reply
  • SeaDogMariner

    One of the Great English Folk Singers - ever.

    4 Oct 2012 Reply
  • strominger

    no musician ever touched my soul as june tabor did - and does. the greatest voice!

    24 Sep 2012 Reply
  • yosh2008

    Blows me away how little recognition some artists get on

    20 Nov 2011 Reply
  • henkdo

    She may be the high priestes, but Sandy is the Goddess. ;-) Her new album Ashore is great.

    20 Mar 2011 Reply
  • juju_calhau


    20 Mar 2011 Reply
  • grendelis

    good and strikingly beautiful in those younger photo's. She is, to me, the High Priestess of English folk music. thank you June.

    24 Feb 2011 Reply
  • michalskz

    Simply wonderful. The voice, the lyrics, the music - stunning.

    19 Jul 2009 Reply
  • lotusflower56

    Ooh I've just heard this girls voice for the first time! ( Awesome. Really lovely.) Totally loving beat the retreat. Anna x

    3 May 2009 Reply
  • purple_prince


    12 Mar 2009 Reply
  • PandaGetSad

    definitely June Tabor's worst single

    7 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Johnsten

    A voice that has always made the hairs on the back of my kneck stand on end. This song is made for her perfect delivery. We thank god for the magic they make together.

    24 Feb 2009 Reply
  • antonrthrone

    june tabor is magical.

    1 Jan 2009 Reply
  • dominoplayer

    pure magic

    7 Dec 2008 Reply
  • przradiostation

    some people laugh from her music, but i'm really into some songs, especially "Soldiers Three"

    24 Jun 2008 Reply
  • godblesme


    1 May 2008 Reply
  • Belisanda

    I know it must be a temporary glitch, but being familiar with Cristina Branco and Amália Rodrigues as Fado singers(not exclusively, but mostly) I wonder how they're suddenly top of the similar artists thing, even ahead of June's own other projects like the Silly Sisters and her collaboration with the Oysterband. Hmm... Interesting.

    2 Apr 2007 Reply
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