100 EX-FOLKIES

It's amazing and surprising how many performers began their careers on the folk scene. Here is the ultimate list of those who built big careers from our humble beginnings.

1.   David Bowie - Ran Three Tuns Folk Club Beckenham

2.   Mark Knopfler - Dire Straits

3.   Ed Sheeran - busker

4.   Eric Clapton - Richmond Folk Club

5.   Billy Connolly - Glasgow Folk Centre

6.   Elvis Costello - St Martins Folk Club

7.   Benny Andersson - Abba

8.   Bjorn Ulvaeus - Abba

9.   Dave Brock of Hawkwind

10.  Rory Gallagher

11.   Agnetha Faltskog - Abba vocalist

12.   Jasper Carrott - Ran Boggery Folk Club Solihull

13.   Joni Mitchell

14.   Sonja Kristina of Curved Air

15.   Max Boyce - Bridgend Folk Club

16.   Isla St Clair - Generation Game

17.   Peter Sarstedt - Where Do You Go To My Lovely

18.   Clive James - political TV presenter

19.   Steve Martin 

20.   Rick Wakeman - The Acoustic Strawbs

21.   Dave Edmunds

22.   Barbara Dickson - sang with Archie Fisher

23.   Mick Ronson - David Bowie's guitarist

24.   David Knopfler - folk duo with brother Mark

25.   Davey Johnstone - Elton John's guitarist, duo with Noel Murphy

26.   Sue Cook - TV presenter

27.   Donovan - St Albans Folk Club

28.   Anna Ford - newsreader

29.   Hale & Pace - comedians, The Tramshed, Woolwich

30.   Bill Bailey - comedian

31.   Rab Noakes - BBC producer

32.   Clive Gregson - Any Trouble

33.   Roger McGough - poet

34.   Kris Kristofferson - Me And Bobby McGee

35.   Ray Davies - Kinks

36.   Leonard Cohen - poet & author

37.   Tracy Chapman - Baby Can I Hold You Tonight

38.   Van Morrison - member of Them

39.   Charlotte Rampling - Actress

40.   James Blunt - You're Beautiful

41.   Mama Cass - Mamas & The Papas

42.   Kate Winslett - Titanic actress

43.   Harry Chapin

44.   Pink- Moulin Rouge soundtrack

45.   Andrea Corr - member of The Corrs

46.   Leo Sayer - Brighton Folk Club

47.   Victoria Wood

48.   Gerry Rafferty - The Humblebums with Billy Connolly

49.   Marc Bolan - Richmond Folk Club

50.   Pam Ayres - poet

51.   Matt Cardel - X Factor winner, The Barn Folk Club, Essex

52.   Passenger

53.   Julie Driscoll - Wheels on Fire

54.   Rod Stewart - Shakespeare's Head Folk Club

55.   Alan Hull of Lindisfarne

56.   Paul Simon - Barking Folk Club

57.   Mike Oldfield - duo Sallyangie with his sister

58.   Don Partridge - One man band

59.   Dennis Waterman - Winning Post Folk Club, Twickenham

60.   Alexi Sayle - Transatlantic Records

61.   Kate Bush - Her father ran a folk club in Kent

62.   Julia Fordham - Portsmouth Folk Club

63.   Spencer Davis – Railway Blues Club

64.   Jake Thackray – Braden Beat and TV entertainer

65.   Billy Bragg – Political commentator

66.   Long John Baldry - Les Cousins Folk Club

67.   Mary Travis - Peter, Paul & Mary

68.   Christina Perri - Lovestrong, platinum album

69.   Purnell Roberts - Adam Cartwright in Bonanza

70.   George Ezra - Budapest

71.    Linda Ronstadt

72.   Melanie - Woodstock performer

73.   Fred Wedlock - Oldest Swinger In Town

74.   Nelly Furtado - I'm Like A Bird

75.   Joanna Newsom - American actress

76.   Jack Savoretti

77.   Harry Belafonte - Island In The Sun

78.   Marcus Mumford - Mumford & Sons

79.   Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat, Bunjies Folk Cellar

80.   Phil Coulter - The Water Babies soundtrack

81.    Dana Gillespie - Jesus Christ Superstar actress

82.   Lauren Aquilina - Isn't It Strange

83.   John Stewart - American composer

84.   John Hartford - Gentle On My Mind

85.   Marc Bolan, Richmond Folk Club

86.   Pete Seeger

87.   Pete Atkin - Radio Satirist

88.  Shel Siverstein - A Boy Named Sue

89.  Tiny Tim

90.  Michelle Phillips - Mamas & Papas

91.   Buffy St Marie - Soldier Blue

92.  Neil Young - Crosby Stills Nash & Young

93.  Stephane Grappelli - On folk scene with Diz Disley

94.  Teddy Thompson - son of Richard Thompson

95.   Chris deBurgh - Lady In Red

96.   Mike Elliott - Tyneside actor

97.   Charlie Dore - Pilot Of The Airwaves

98.   Jimmy Nail - Crocodile Shoes

99.   Phil Cool - TV impressionist

100. Loudon Wainwright - MASH actor