Thursday, July 24, 2008

Judy Dyble and Fairport Convention

My last iPod Log included a YouTube clip of the great English folk-rock band Fairport Convention, showing a film or videotape of the group, at the time (1967 or 8) when they were recording their first album, doing a song called "Time Will Show the Wiser". In my post, I noted that the woman singing harmony is Judy Dyble, who left Fairport after the first album. This prompted an appreciative comment from sam x, whose blog, Be a Goddess music, promotes the work of women musicians. Since I hadn't heard of Ms. Dyble post-Fairport, I assumed she was one of those promising young singers who made a few brilliant recordings then disappeared. However, Sam informed me that Judy is still recording as a solo artist. Also, I found on Be a Goddess this clip of Judy, along with Vikki Clayton and various present and former members of Fairport, doing "Si tu dois partir", a rendition into French of Bob Dylan's "If You Gotta Go, Go Now", which was one of the cuts on Fairport's third album, Unhalfbricking:

Of the two women onstage, Judy is on the left, wearing glasses, and Vikki is on the right.

Judy has a website, a blog, and a MySpace page, all of which are well worth a visit.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Claude ! Thank you for referencing my blog and Judy's... much appreciated from me and her as well i am sure. I am so glad you are happy to have been updated. I have all of Jude's solo stuff ( my favourite is " Enchanted Garden " ), which is hard to categorize... kind of ethereal, psych-folk, ambient, mellowness with a sprinkling of eccentricity :) ( For proof see Judy's version of " See Emily play " on " Spindle " )
    I cannot remember if I told you , but will be interviewing Judy on my blog which will coincide with the release of her new album ( which she is currently working on )
    You may be interested in joining http://www.talkawhile.co.uk which will update you on Fairport, Judy, Pentangle, Ralph McTell and other folk related acts. There are quite a few USA members. Talkawhile is a very busy and lively forum which also has guests ( currently Simon Emmerson - Imagined Village and Afro Celt Sound System, previous guests include our own Jude, Dave Swarbrick, Eliza Carthy... )
    Judy is official newbie welcomer so feel free to join up and again THANK YOU !!

    :)

    sam xx

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