Thanks, Brett! I added Hopkin to the HM's. The Welsh do deserve a representative more.
Brett Alan wrote:
While there's part of me that wants to put The Beatles on every list possible, I think you're right that What folk influence they had mainly came from America (mostly Dylan).
Yet The Beatles are a British band. They don't do well in any of the main criteria, but in the secondary ones they do very well. Some of the artists on the main list also were strongly influenced by American folk and blues, especially the big folk baroque players (Graham, Renbourn, Jones; Jansch not so much) or Jackson C. Frank, who even was American. Yet all of them had a much bigger impact on the British folk scene than The Beatles (or at least than The Beatles' folk recordings).
Simon & Garfunkel (I even briefly considered adding Paul Simon to the HM's) are a similar case, just the other way round. Paul Simon lived in England for a brief time in the mid-1960s, picked up many influences from the scene (most obvious in S&G's recording of "Scarborough Fair", which they directly adapted from Martin Carthy's version), became friends with Al Stewart and Jackson C. Frank among others, and even recorded his solo debut album there. S&G do have very obvious British folk influences in their music, yet they will definitely be on the American folk artists list. Still their influence on American folk is probably bigger than that of The Beatles on British folk. I'm torn.