b. January 1934, Gateshead, County Durham, England. This English folk singer is known for his a cappella vocals and occasional use of whistle and concertina. Following his time in the Oxford University Folk Song Club, he concentrated on this style exclusively. He formed one of Britain's first folk clubs, the Folk Song & Ballad Club in Newcastle, in 1958. Finding himself unemployed in 1961, he pursued a professional singing career thereafter. One of his major influences in the early '60s, was Ewan MacColl which led Killen to concentrate on British, rather than American material. In 1962, Killen recorded two EPs for Topic Records, THE COLLIERS RANT, with Johnny Handle, and NORTHUMBERLAND GARLAND. ALONG THE COALY TYNE included the material from these recordings, as well as Handle's STOTTIN’ DOON THE WAALL EP. Killen emigrated to the USA in 1967, where he performed solo on the college and coffee house circuit. A move to the west coast in 1968 as an unknown artist, left Killen looking for extra work, occasionally finding employment in the shipyards. The following year, Louis headed back east, joining the crew of the Clearwater, the Hudson River Sloop that had been built for an ecological and educational restoration project. The crew included such luminaries as Pete Seeger and Gordon Bok. In addition, for two years from late 1970 he joined the Clancy Brothers, taking the place of Tommy Makem. Killen also recorded and performed with Peter Bellamy and Robin Williamson. Killen's career continued with concerts and lecture tours, often in collaboration with his wife Sally. THE ROSE IN JUNEwas Killen's first album since GALLANT LADS ARE WE. Still based in the USA, Killen set out, in 1991, on his first British tour for 10 years and recommenced recording in 1990.
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