Peta Webb

b. 23 August 1946, Woodford Green, Essex, England. Webb is a singer in traditional Irish style, known for her ballad singing as well as her workings of Appalachian and women’s songs. She started out…
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b. 23 August 1946, Woodford Green, Essex, England. Webb is a singer in traditional Irish style, known for her ballad singing as well as her workings of Appalachian and women’s songs. She started out performing at the Oxford University Heritage Folk Club from 1964-67, and started performing with the group Oak from 1970-73 on lead and harmony vocals. By contrast, she has also sung with a jazz group, the Alan Ward Band, and played English dance band fiddle with Webb’s Wonders from 1972 to 1981. In 1973 Webb recorded I Have Wandered In Exile for Topic Records, and later worked in duos with John Harrison (formerly of the Watersons), fiddle player Pete Cooper and Alison McMorland (Alison McMorland & Peta Webb was voted among the UK Top 10 folk albums of 1980 in Melody Maker).

In the 90s Webb joined Sisters Unlimited, an a cappella women’s group featuring Janet Russell, Sandra Kerr and Rosie Davis, but has continued to work as a solo performer. She has provided tracks for a number of sampler albums on Topic Records, and her other involvements have included bluegrass and country with Alan Ward’s Armadillos, new country with the Crazy Hearts, and old time and bluegrass with the Marx Brothers and Rosa.