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British Folk-Rock

British Folk-Rock was heavily inspired by its American counterpart, but it still retained a distinctly British flavor. Such trailblazers as Fairport Convention clearly drew inspiration from the Byrds and Bob Dylan, but they incorporated elements of traditional British folk, as well as English themes that gave the music its unique character. Fairport Convention were the titans of British folk-rock, and such original members as Richard Thompson and Sandy Denny later forged successful solo careers. Their producer, Joe Boyd, also helped developed the careers of a number of other key players in British folk-rock, including the acclaimed singer/songwriter Nick Drake.