Folk legend Julie Felix will be sharing tales from a stellar career that spans more than 50 years when she plays for Ringwood Folk Club next month.
Born in California, she moved to the UK as a teenager in the late 1950s playing clubs up and down the land. In 1964 she became the first folk artist to sign to a UK major record label, releasing her self-titled debut album on Decca. A year later she was the first folk singer to sell out the Royal Albert Hall, prompting The Times to dub her Britain’s First Lady of Folk.
David Frost hired her as resident singer for The Frost Report and she went on to host a series of TV specials for the BBC, including the series Once More With Felix with guests including The Kinks, Leonard Cohen and Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin. She played the famous 1969 Isle of Wight Festival with Bob Dylan among others, notching up two hit singles in 1970 with If I Could (El Condor Pasa) and Heaven Is Here.
Julie Felix has never stopped touring, recording and campaigning on a range of issues. Her most recent album, In the Spotlight, is her first live album for 15 years.
Support act, Ian W Brown is no stranger to Ringwood Folk Club. Fresh from a support tour with Rita Coolidge and ahead of appearances at Glastonbury and Cornbury festivals, his debut single, Me Too, was released earlier this year.
See Julie Felix and Ian W Brown at Ringwood Folk Club, Elm Tree Inn, Hightown, Ringwood BH24 3DY on Tuesday 21 June at 8pm. www.ringwoodfolk.org.uk