Hey Chooch, I never heard much of Can, but I've run across Holger Czukay more than once. I was into all the prog-rock as a lad, and aside from the big names (Yes, Genesis, Crimson) delved into a lot of weirdness (Tangerine Dream, Soft Machine, Hatfield & The North, Henry Cow, Art Bears, Residents), and still satisfy that part of my musical soul with Dead Can Dance, David Sylvian, Steve Tibbetts, Jon Hassell, and others. But it's more and more of the folkie stuff these days--and not what Americans usually mean by that, i.e. a singer-songwriter with a guitar. Fairport are for sure one of the classics, and Richard Thompson is one of the very top talents of our time. The Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell is another English fave, and I enjoy Scots bands Old Blind Dogs, Battlefield Band, Proclaimers, and others. I also enjoy a lot of music from Brittany and the Nordic countries; many of the artists start with a very traditional Celtic or Scandinavian base, but are adventurous enough for me to think of them as prog-trad. Some of my faves are Dan Ar Braz, Alain Pennec, Soig Siberil, and Alan Stivell (Brittany); Väsen (Sweden); Annbjorg Lien and Bukkene Bruse (Norway); Värttina, Maria Kalaniemi, and Gjallarhorn (Finland). Among my favorite Canucks are Stan Rogers, Natalie MacMaster, Loreena McKennit, and Daniel Lanois.
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