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Vin Garbutt


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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom (1969 – present)

Vin Garbutt (born in South Bank, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom), though second generation Irish, is an English folk singer and songwriter. A signifant part of his repertoire consists of protest songs covering topics such as “the Troubles” in Northern Ireland (Troubles of Erin), unemployment, and abortion. At the age of 21, in 1969, he threw caution to the winds and became a professional musician. Armed with the rich repertoire of songs he had amassed, he spent the first summer busking his way around the bars of Spain’s Mediterranean coast, and on to Morocco via Gibraltar. It was then that he found he had a talent for songwriting. Back in England in 1972 he recorded his first album for Bill Leader - The Valley of Tees. This firmly established him as a singer and songwriter of fine socially conscious, and environmentally aware songs.

Politically, Garbutt is unusual, in that he sings in favour of what are generally Left wing positions (support for Nicaragua against US imperialism for example). However, on the question of abortion, he expressed a loud opposition to it as “state murder”, a position normally associated with conservatives. He is a Roman Catholic.

Throughout the 70’s Vin’s reputation grew rapidly until he became “the most sought after performer on the Folk Scene”.

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  • longestplague

    It seems I'm not the only person who likes Vin Garbutt and Old Man Gloom.

    10 Apr 2012 Reply
  • KeithJones

    brilliant writer and singer and very funny... [2]

    29 Aug 2010 Reply
  • andymss

    Vin Garbutt: if there was any justice and sense of perspective, he would be have his own Saturday night peak time TV show... brilliant writer and singer and very funny...

    6 Sep 2009 Reply
  • cheekychives

    He is class, and very entertaining, live. A true showman.

    15 May 2009 Reply
  • jackmoore1987

    Heh, first post. Fantastic voice, i need much more of his stuff! The "Plugged" album is genius.

    20 Oct 2008 Reply

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