Vin Garbutt

Vin’s career has spanned over 40 years of constant world wide touring which must make him some kind of elder statesman of folk. His songs were inspired by the folk tradition at the beginning of his career, they still are but have transformed into gritty social comment and life observations. He is renowned for his hilarious intros but for him his song lyrics are the crux of his performance.

“Vin cuts through the bull, grasping those he meets firmly by the hand and shaking them up with a dose of laughter and tears. It’s a true gift to be able to make us laugh and squirm at the same time, but Vin does both. He should be prescribed on the National Health.” English Folk Dance & Song Society.


At Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire. Friday 3rd June 2011 Just in front of Vin at this performance sat Barry, someone I met at many of the local gigs and became great friends with. I'm dedicating this clip to him.