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Fairport Convention Folk Singer Judy Dyble Dies Aged 71

Judy Dyble

Judy Dyble, the folk artist, who rose to fame in the 1960s and was a founding member of the group Fairpoint Convention, with hit songs which included Time Will Show the Wiser has died at the age of 71 after a battle with a long-term illness.


Her death was confirmed by her agent, who said:

It is with great sadness that we announce that English singer-songwriter Judy Dyble passed away on 12 July following a long illness borne with great courage. Judy Dyble was one of the pioneers of the English folk-rock scene in the 1960s, most notably as a founding member of Fairport Convention and vocalist with cult band Trader Horne. We wish to express our deepest sympathies to Judy’s family, friends, and many associates from her musical career at this time.

Her family also thanked her fans for their messages and good wishes on social media over the last few weeks.

David Longdon revealed they both have a piece of new music they were working on before her death and posted his condolence on social media. He wrote:

It is with great sadness that I write to say that my dear friend Judy Dyble passed away this morning. Along the way, there was much laughter and joy, but also challenging moments. She was a woman of a certain age and she wrote articulately and unflinchingly about the autumn phase of her life.

Dyble performed at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention Festival with her own The Band of Perfect Strangers, and she also appeared with the surviving original members of Fairport Convention, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the formation of the band.

Judy was also known for being a member of folk duo Trader Horne, alongside former Them keyboard player and singer Jackie McAuley. She has released more than 15 albums during her career, with her two bands, and also as a successful solo artist.

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