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Frankie Armstrong moved to Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, as a young child. She began singing in a group with her brother singing Elvis Presley and Little Richard numbers, and in 1957 joined the Stort Valley Skiffle Group which a few years later changed its name to the Ceilidh Singers as its repertoire moved towards folk music. The group founded the Hoddesdon Folk Club.
In the mid-1970s Armstrong pioneered workshops based on traditional styles of singing. She was an initiating member of the NVPN - Natural Voice Practitioners' Network, and "The key figure behind the development of the network...".
The accompanying book to the Topic Records 70 year anniversary boxed set Three Score and Ten has a dust jacket picture of Frankie with Louis and The Crafty Maid's Policy from Lovely on the Water is the seventh track on the second CD in the set.
Nuclear Power No Thanks, Plane Label IMP2, LP (1981) - with Roy Bailey, Martin Carthy, Ron Elliott, Howard Evans, Chris Foster, Sandra Kerr, John Kirkpatrick, Alison McMorland, Brian Pearson, Geoff Pearson, Leon Rosselson, & Roger Williams
Tam Lin, Plant Life PLR 063, LP (1984) - with Brian Pearson, Blowzabella and Jon Gillaspie
The Fair Moon Rejoices, Harbourtown Records HARCD027 (1997) - with Joan Mills, Biddy Wells, Peter Stacey, Ben Lawrence, Geoff Haynes and Darien Pritchard
Darkest Before the Dawn, Harbourtown Records HARCD 045 (2004)- with Sarah Harman & Shanee Taylor
Poetry and Song 1, LP, Argo DA 50 (1966) - Frankie Armstrong sings The Lark in the Morn
Poetry and Song 4, LP, Argo DA 53 (1966) - Frankie Armstrong and Sandra Kerr sing Scarborough Fair
Poetry and Song 5, LP, Argo DA 54 (1966) - Frankie Armstrong sings The Smuggler
Poetry and Song 9, LP, Argo DA 58 (1967) - Frankie Armstrong sings Higher Germany
Poetry and Song 10, LP, Argo DA 59 (1967) - Frankie Armstrong sings The Outlandish Knight
Poetry and Song 12, LP, Argo DA 61 (1967) - Frankie Armstrong sings The Recruited Collier
The Critics Group The Female Frolic, LP, Argo DA 82 (1968) - with Sandra Kerr and Peggy Seeger
The Critics Group Waterloo: Peterloo, English Folk Songs and Broadsides 1780-1830, LP, Argo ZFB 68 (1968) - with John Faulkner, Brian Pearson, Denis Turner and Terry Yarnell
Various Artists, Room for Company: Folk Songs Festive & Sociable, LP, Impact IMP-S 104 (1972)
Frankie Armstrong, Roy Harris, A.L. Lloyd, Martyn Wyndham-Read, The Valiant Sailor: Songs & Ballads of Nelson's Navy, LP, Topic 12TS232 (1973)
John Arlott et al., The World of the Countryside, LP, Argo SPA 304 (1973)
Various Artists, San Diego Folk Festival '74, LP, KPBS Public Broadcasting San Diego KPBS 101 (1974)
Various Artists, You Got Magic: Fox Hollow Festival 10th Anniversary Album, LP, Biograph BLP 12052, (1975)
David Jones, Cliff Haslam, Frankie Armstrong, Clive Collins, Here's a Health to the Man and the Maid, LP, Living Folk LFR 103, (1976)
Various Artists, Sånger och musik från Kvinnokulturfestivalen, LP, Silence SRS 4647, (1977)
Lovely on the Water, a reissue of Frankie's first solo LP, with seven additional tracks: five from The Valiant Sailor (Topic 12TS232, 1973) and two from Room For Company (Impact IMPS104, 1972) (FECD 151).
Ways Of Seeing (solo, duo and group apace women's voices HARCD 009).
I Heard A Woman Singing, a reissue by Flying Fish Records, USA (CD FF 332) of the 1985 LP.
My Song is My Own, Kathy Henderson, Frankie Armstrong and Sandra Kerr. London: Pluto Press, 1979. One hundred traditional and composed women's songs from the British Isles, with select bibliography and discography. (Associated LP: My Song is My Own: Songs from Women; Plane Label TPL 0001 (1980) - with Sandra Kerr, Alison McMorland and Kathy Henderson)
Autobiography As Far as the Eye Can Sing, edited by Jenny Pearson, published by Women's Press in 1992 (ISBN0-7043-4294-4)
Well Tuned Women: Growing Strong through Voice Work, co-edited with Jenny Pearson, containing essays from leading international women voice trainers and artists, is also published by Women's Press (ISBN0-7043-4649-4).
Acting and Singing with Archetypes, Janet B. Rodgers and Frankie Armstrong. Limelight Editions, 2009. Transcripts from a workshop held in 2006 (ISBN978-0-87910-368-2).
Freeing Our Singing Voice, in The Vocal Vision: Views on Voice by 24 Leading Teachers, Coaches & Directors Edited by Marion Hampton & Barbara Acker, Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 1997 (ISBN1-55783-282-X).
The Voice is the Muscle of the Soul, in Glancing Fires: An Investigation into Women's Creativity, Edited by Lesley Saunders, The Women's Press Limited, 1987 (ISBN0-7043-4061-5).
Some Reflections on the English Folk Revival", Armstrong. F & Pearson, B in History Workshop - A Journal of Socialist Historians, Issue 7 1978.
Finding our voices, in Voices from Arts for Labour, edited by N. Jackowska, Pluto Press, 1985.
Julie Dawn Smith: Playing like a Girl - The queer laughter of the Feminist Improvising Group. In: Daniel Fischlin and Ajay Heble (Editors): The Other Side of Nowhere: Jazz, Improvisation, and Communities in Dialogue. Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press in 2004 (ISBN0-8195-6682-9), p. 224-243.
Caroline Bithell: A Different Voice, A Different Song: Reclaiming Community through the Natural Voice and World Song. Oxford University Press (2014). ISBN978-0-19-935455-9.
^Lifton, Sarah (1983) The Listener's Guide to Folk Music. Poole: Blandford Press; p. 23
^Cox, Peter (2008). Set Into Song: Ewen MacColl, Charles Parker, Peggy Seeger and the Radio Ballads (Hardback ed.). Labatie Books. p. 221. ISBN0-9551877-1-0.
^Bithell, Caroline (2014). A Different Voice, A Different Song: Reclaiming Community through the Natural Voice and World Song (Kindle ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 47. ISBN978-0-19-935457-3.The key figure behind the development of the network... was English folksinger Frankie Armstrong, who continues to act as the movement's most revered mentor.