june-tabor-280June Tabor


June has one of the great voices of the English folk scene – but is always more than a voice. Her choice of material – whether it is from the great Border Ballad tradition or from a contemporary songwriter like Lal Waterson – is always faultless.


 As well as forging a long and successful career as a soloist, June  has worked with Martin Simpson, Oysterband, Maddy Prior, Les Barker, Coope Boyes and Simpson on the Passchendale project and, of course, worked with Peter Bellamy on his great 1976 folk opera The Transports.


In everything she has done, there has been not just a great voice but a solid commitment to the soul of the music. There is intelligence in her singing and deep thought and understanding but there is instinct, too,  something which goes beyond analysis and which can really be only understood through the music itself.


She is one of the greatest singers of the last century.




Mike Harding talks with quintessentially English folk singer June Tabor on her achievement of an unprecedented four awards at the BBC Folk Awards in 2012: