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Free Folk

The term "folk music" conjures ethnographic studies, creaky Harry Smith style documentations, or bereted recontextualizations in dimly lit San Francisco coffee houses. Another approach to a folk tradition abandons nativist purity in favor of self sufficiency and the realization of personal songcraft. Bridget St. John and Vashti Bunyan are two UK artists overlooked in their day due to being overshadowed by famous folkies of the period and limited pressings of their respective albums. Shockwaves originating from their work are resonating in today's music, they both have influenced a generation of "freak folk" and introverted musicians such as Devendra Barnhart and Animal Collective.

Bridget St. John - Curious Crystals of Unusual Purity
more about Bridget St. John
art exhibit inspired by the song, and a review

Vashti Bunyan - Seventeen Pink Sugar Elephants
more about Vashti Bunyan