Folk music went through an extensive revival in the U.K. and America during the 50s and 60s, with artists like Woody Guthrie and Joan Baez at the forefront. At the same time a number of British bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones were renewing U.S. interests in Rock and Roll and many artists with folk roots started to rock a little more, or use more electric instruments and amplifications to perform traditional music.
Folk rock had its golden age from the mid sixties to the mid seventies, and this is when we saw some of the most memorable folk singers take to the stage. No discussion of folk music would be complete without Bob Dylan, who has written so many songs and influenced so many. He is so often associated with the acoustic guitar and traditional folk music but he used electric instruments rather frequently, especially during his later career. Dylan was also instrumental in the success of The Band, a great, if somewhat eclectic Canadian folk rock group who made it big at least partially due to his support.