Singer Judy Dyble, founding member of the British folk group Fairport Convention, died at the age of 71.
The musician born in north London suffered from a long-term illness, according to her agent.
Dyble left Fairport in 1968 and then joined Trader Horne and launched a solo career, but continued to participate in many of the group’s reunions.
A tribute from Simon Nicol of Fairport said that she was “kind and gentle, shy but hilarious, melancholy but focused”.
He added: “Judy was always a childhood friend to me above all … She surrounded herself with beauty, loved her children and grandchildren and adored her saved greyhounds. Farewell, adorable. X ”
Dyble also sang in the first group of guitarist Robert Fripp, Giles, Giles and Fripp.
A statement by Dyble’s agent describes her as one of the “pioneers of the English folk rock scene”.
She said she died after a “long illness carried with great courage”, adding that her family “would like to thank her fans for their messages and good wishes on social media in recent weeks.”
Big Big Train singer David Longdon, who had recorded an album with Dyble due out later this year, also paid tribute to his “dear friend”.