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Ailsa Craig   Finalists in the 1971 Scottish Folk Group Championship.
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Alba   Short-lived but brilliant band.
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Avalon   Folk-rock band based in Edinburgh born out of The Medium Wave Band.
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Battlefield Band    
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Blackeyed Biddy    
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The Bully Wee Band   Origin: Glasgow area; date extant: 1970 - 1983.
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Ceolbeg   Popular group of the 1990s onwards.
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Chorda Cleich   Origin: Edinburgh. Finalists in the 1971 Scottish Folk Group Championship.
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The Clutha   Glasgow-based ensemble featuring Gordeanna McCulloch, Erlend Voy, Ronnie Alexander, John Eaglesham, Callum Allan and Jimmy Anderson.
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Contraband   Early incarnation of the band Ossian.
Discography | Family Tree
The Cumberland Three   Origin: Glasgow; date extant: 1963-5
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Deaf Shepherd   Origin: Scotland; date extant: early 1990s-present
Discography | Deaf Shepherd Web Site |
Dingly Dell   Folk group from Dundee/North Fife featuring Dave Davidson.
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Drifterfolk   Origin: Unknown; date extant: 1976
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Drinker's Drouth   Origin: Edinburgh; date extant: 1974-86
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Dundee Folk Music   A brief discography
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The Easy Club   Edinburgh-based groups specialising in "Scottish Rhythm & Swing"
Discography | Easy Club Website |
Eggplant   From Dundee. Finalists in the 1971 Scottish Folk Group Championship.
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Finn MacCuil   Origin: unknown; date extant: 1978
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Five Hand Reel   This fondly remembered folk-rock outfit included Dick Gaughan, Bobby Eaglesham and Tom Hickland
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The Galloways   Finalists in the 1971 Scottish Folk Group Championship.
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The Gaugers   Origin: Aberdeen. Date extant: 1974-?
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The Gowries   From Forfar. Finalists in the 1971 Scottish Folk Group Championship.
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Robin Hall & Jimmie MacGregor   At one time this Scottish duo were Britain's best known folk musicians.
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Heritage   Long-established Fife group.
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Hom Bru   Shetland group going since the 1970s.
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Homebrew   Origin: Edinburgh. Extant: 1970-71
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The Ian Campbell Folk Group   Influential '60s folk group which included Dave Swarbrick and Dave Pegg, later of Fairport Convention.
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The Ideal Band   1970s group.
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The Islanders   '60s folk group which included Iain MacKintosh, Jim Craig and Alex Hutton.
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The Jacobites   Folksong duo from Tayport/Perthshire featuring Dave Davidson.
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The JSD Band   Scotland's original folk-rockers
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The Joe Gordon Folk Four   Early 1960s Scottish folksong group.
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Jock Tamson's Bairns   Edinburgh-based folk group specialising in excellence and innovation.
Discography | JTB Website |
Keep It Up   Origin: Edinburgh; date extant: 19???
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Kentigern   Origin: Glasgow; date extant: 19???
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The Kerries   Based in Coventry; date extant: 1966-7
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Kontraband   Origin: Scotland/Denmark; date extant: 1974-1983
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The Laggan   Origin: Glasgow; date extant: 1971-74?
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The Livingstones   Origin: Blantyre; date extant: 1965-68
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Lomond Folk   Origin: Glasgow; date extant: mid-1970s-?
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Lowland Folk   Origin: Dundee; date extant: mid-1960s-present
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Mad Jocks & Englishmen   Origin: Midlands; date extant: 1975-80
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Mirk   Origin: Caithness; date extant: 1979-present
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Molendinar   Origin:Glasgow; date extant: 1975-79
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Na h-Oganaich   Origin: Western Islands
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New Celeste   Origin: Glasgow
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Not the Full Shillin   Origin: Avon/Clyde; date extant: 1972-74.
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Norfolk   Origin: Edinburgh; date extant: 1979
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Old Blind Dogs   Popular modern band.
Discography | Family Tree
On the Wagon   Crieff-based versatile outfit.
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Ossian   Influential Glasgow group - "The Scottish Planxty".
Discography | Family Tree
Pert & Dobbie   Finalists in the 1971 Scottish Folk Group Championship.
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The Petermen   Origin: Dundee; extent circa 1968.
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Rapscallion   Jim McIntyre and Martin Shough played guitars, banjo, whistles, and bodhran, and sang standard folk fare (Bogle, Gaughan, Makem, etc) with some self-penned pieces.
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Seannachie   Origin: Edinburgh; extant circa 1986-93.
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Shegui   Origin: London; extant circa 1980-84.
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Sileas   Duo of harpists from Edinburgh.
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Silly Wizard   World-popular group from Edinburgh.
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Sprangeen   Origin: Edinburgh; date extant: 1982-84
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Tandem Band   Folk duo from Crieff..
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Town Choice   Finalists in the 1971 Scottish Folk Group Championship.
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Whistlebinkies   Serious and long-lasting group - "The Scottish Chieftains".
Discography | Whistlebinkies Website |

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