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Judy Dyble RIP

Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work.

by Jon Davis, Published 2020-07-12

Judith Aileen Dyble was born February 13, 1949 in London, and formed her first band, Judy and the Folkmen, in 1964. The group never released any records, but she came to the attention of other musicians, leading to her becoming an original member of Fairport Convention in 1967. She later related a story where she sat on the front of a stage knitting while her bandmate Richard Thompson jammed on stage with Jimi Hendrix. She also appeared as a guest vocalist with the Incredible String Band on The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter.

She left Fairport after their debut album, joining together with then-boyfriend Ian McDonald to make some demos with Giles, Giles, and Fripp. After breaking up with McDonald, she left that group to form the duo Trader Horne, which lasted until 1970 but disbanded in spite of a positive reception from the press.

She retired from the music business in 1973 to raise a family and work as a librarian, with only a few concert appearances until she resumed her career in 2003. She released six solo albums after that, several of which have been covered on this site. At the time of her death, she was working on another album with David Longdon which is due to see release in the fall of 2020.

Filed under: Obituaries

Related artist(s): Fairport Convention, Ian McDonald, Richard Thompson, Giles, Giles and Fripp, Judy Dyble, The Incredible String Band, Trader Horne

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