Julie Felix arrived in England in 1964 from California after hitching through Europe
with not much more than a duffel bag and her guitar. When Decca released her first
album 'Julie Felix' later that year, she became first solo folk artist to be signed to a
major U.K. record company. T.V appearances followed, and within a year she
became the first British-based folk singer to fill The Royal Albert HaIl!
In 1966 Julie became the resident singer on the amazingly popular 'Frost Report' , and
quickly became a household name. By 1968 she had her own TV series, with guests
including Spike Milligan, Richard Harris, Leonard Cohen, Dusty Springfield,
Donovan, and Jimmy Page.
In 1969 Julie appeared at the Isle of Wight Festival with Bob Dylan headlining.
She's recorded and performed with many other legends, her albums include musicians
such as Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Dave Swarbrick, Martin Carthy, Danny
Thompson and Cozy Powell.
After a while, she moved back to California and took a break from the music world.
and studied Yoga, meditation and healing. Always an activist, during the height of the
Vietnam War, Julie sung to a record breaking 27,000 people at New Zealand's
Western Springs, urging the Kiwi's not to engage in conscription. In the late 1980's she
participated in a peace march through Central America. It was a dangerous march, and
witnessing the suffering of the indigenous peoples of Latin America inspired Julie to
start singing again. She returned to her house in Hertfordshire, and began singing for
Latin American refugees, for women's and gay rights and for peace projects including
protests against the war in the Gulf.
In 2002 Julie released "Starry Eyed And Laughing". Taking its title from a line in
"Chimes of Freedom", the double album features Julie's very individual interpretations
of songs by Bob Dylan. Musicians appearing on the album include John Paul Jones,
Kiki Dee, Carmelo Luggeri, Danny Thompson, Ed Frost and Guy Fletcher.
Her choice of songs were intriguing, and include songs that few other artistes have
dared to attempt, such as "Every Grain of Sand", "One More Cup of Coffee (Valley
Below)", "Romance in Durango" and "Not Dark Yet".
Julie undertook a 2002 Autumn Tour to coincide with the release of the new album
which was such a success that it was extended into 2003, and it's this show which will
be featured at The Southsea Folk & Roots Festival 2003.
Check out her website at www.juliefelix.com or in a new window.