A founder member of folk-rock group Fairport Convention, she was thrust into the ’60s music scene, and went on to work with some giants of what became known as prog-rock. Then she took 35 years off — before coming back to show off that voice. While her latest releases have been low key, certainly compared to her earlier career, her latest project is attracting rather more interest.
Judy Dyble has teamed up with some of the greats of folk to collaborate on a charity single to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War — launched as the nation remembers its fallen on Armistice Day.
Calling themselves the Armistice Pals, Judy, fellow former Fairporter Dave Swarbrick, Oxford’s Peggy Seeger, folk band Merry Hell, Steeleye Span’s Peter Knight, Edwina Hayes and a clutch more perform a cover of Peggy’s brother, Pete Seeger’s 1960 classic Where Have All The Flowers Gone? The song, opened by BBC 2 Folk Award winner Lucy Ward, has more than 40 separate voices, including up-and-coming singer songwriter Kelly Oliver, Kellie and Chris While, Julie Matthews, Gavin Davenport, Ray Cooper and Luke Jackson, closing with a recording of Pete Seeger, who died earlier this year. The project came from a spontaneous tribute to Pete by Merry Hell, in which the band were joined by the audience in a rendition of the song — one of the greatest protest tunes ever written. Inspired by events to mark the centenary of the outbreak of war, the band approached Judy and the other singers to release a fundraising single — with proceeds distributed evenly between The British Red Cross, Malala’s Fund, Foundation for Peace and Peace through Folk.