Listen: World Cafe's British Folk-Rock Playlist : World Cafe Looking for a companion to Shirley Collins' recent World Cafe session? Try this hour-long set of music by John Renbourn, Fairport Convention and more.
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Relive British Folk-Rock's Golden Age With This Playlist

Folk guitarist John Renbourn is one of the artists you'll hear in World Cafe's British folk-rock playlist. David Redfern/Getty Images hide caption

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Folk guitarist John Renbourn is one of the artists you'll hear in World Cafe's British folk-rock playlist.

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Shirley Collins' recent World Cafe session is a perfect jumping-off point for exploring the world of British folk and folk-rock in the 1960s. Bands like Fairport Convention and artists like Richard Thompson got their start as "British Byrds" with electrified folk tunes. While Fairport began by covering other singer-songwriters (like Joni Mitchell, before she was known), it soon realized the bounty of British ballads — check out the band's electrified version of "Tam Lin" for an example. You'll find that and more in this hour-long snapshot of the golden age of British folk-rock, which includes music by Pentangle, John Martyn, Steeleye Span and others.

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