R.I.P. Fairport Convention Singer and Robert Fripp Collaborator Judy Dyble

R.I.P. Fairport Convention Singer and Robert Fripp Collaborator Judy Dyble
Fairport Convention singer and Robert Fripp collaborator Judy Dyble has died at age 71. According to her rep, the U.K. artist had been suffering from a long-term illness and passed away on Sunday (July 12).

Dyble was a founding member of the celebrated Fairport Convention, which formed in 1967 and are considered to be one of the U.K.'s first-ever folk rock groups. She appeared on their self-titled 1968 debut album but quickly left the band before it was released.

Dyble went on to join Trader Horne and launch a solo career, though over the years she participated in several Fairport Convention reunions. Dyble also sang in Robert Fripp's early band Giles, Giles and Fripp.

In a tribute, Fairport's Simon Nicol said she was "kind and gentle, shy but hilarious, wistful but focused," the BBC reports. "Judy was ever a childhood friend to me first and foremost... She surrounded herself with loveliness, loved her kids and grandchildren, and adored her rescued greyhounds. Farewell, lovely. x"

According to a statement obtained by the BBC, Dyble died after a "long illness borne with great courage," adding her family "would like to thank her fans for their messages and good wishes on social media over the last few weeks."

Before her death, Dyble had been recording an album with Big Big Train frontman David Longdon, with that record set for release sometime this year.