Folk music is notoriously hard to define - it has been passed through the generations, customs and traditions for centuries, it’s indigenous to the people; it may be primitive or modern, psychedelic or surreal. No matter how we define Folk, there are plenty of sought after and highly valued records that fall into this genre; perhaps you are lucky enough to own some of them?!
Often, the highest price Folk records are the ones that were pressed in very small number. Folk groups would often be formed by local musicians with these artists rarely being signed to a major label when they were at their (arguably) most creative form. It is not irregular to hear of these records being self-released by small studios, perhaps only 99 copies ever existed because if any more records than this were pressed up the artist would then be liable for paying a tax surcharge. At the time this would have suited the artist well as they may not have been able to sell more than 99 copies anyway! We have seen a distinct upwards trend in prices realised for records that have a distinct psychedelic tone to them, this can be called ‘Underground Folk’ or ‘Acid Folk’ the following records are now extremely desirable and if you do happen to have a copy, we would like you to keep us in mind should you want to sell it!
- Folkal Point – Folkal Point (Midas Recordings MR003)
- The Pennine Folk – Both Sides Of The Pennines (Alfa Records TDS 6601)
- Music Box – Fun Palace (self released)
- Heron – Heron (Dawn DNLS 3010)
- Davy Graham – Hat (Decca LK 5011)
- Caedmon – Caedmon (self-released)
- Gallery – The Wind That Shakes The Barley (Midas Recordings MFHR 046)
- Michael Raven & Joan Mils – Death And The Lady (Folk Heritage Records)
- Mellow Candle -Swaddling Songs (Deram SDL 7)
- Jackson C. Frank – Jackson C. Frank (Columbia SX or 33SX 1788)
- Bruce Vanderpool – Bittersweet (Mountain Music From The City) (Raydar Records)
- Dawnwind – Looking Back On The Future (Amron Records)
It should be noted that we’re not just on the lookout for these records - they’re not often seen for a reason! We can of course sell record collections featuring more ‘popular’ Folk/Folk Rock artists such as Bob Dylan, Donovan, Pentangle, Shirley Collins, Strawbs, Leonard Cohen, Fairport Convention (and indeed Sandy Denny and The Albion Band), Ry Cooder, Jim Croce, James Taylor, The Pogues, The Waterboys, Clannad, Billy Bragg, Gordon Giltrap, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul & Mary.