Often lumped into the loosely defined category of British folk-rock and often compared to the groundbreakers Fairport Convention and Pentangle, Lindisfarne were distinctly different. The group relied far less on traditional folk and although those influences were certainly present, they geared toward a more melodic rock oriented sound.

Driven by the lyrics and melodies of primary songwriters Alan Hull, Simon Cowe and Rod Clements, Lindisfarne created a mixture of bright harmonies and high energy folk-rock into a sound uniquely their own. The band's spirited live performances, along with their sense of humor and fun, were the essential elements that contributed to Lindisfarne developing a dedicated following.

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