I ran out of space on the Essential Artists page, but these artists also deserve mention.
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We'll start with four artists from the late 50's who would be influential on those who flourished  in the early 60's:

Bob Gibson - Where I'm Bound
Bob (now deceased) worked hard behind the scenes to make this era's Folk Music Revival take off;  he was the first to bring Joan Baez to national attention by dragging her up on stage at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival.  Dirty Linen Magazine (June/July 1997 , # 70 by Steve Winick) "... a clean-cut, energetic crooner who accompanied himself on banjo and guitar"
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Barbara Dane - Anthology of American Folk Songs
This west coast authentic folk and blues singer-activist was the era's best kept secret. Recorded in 1959 at the Ash Grove where she was a regular performer, you won't find an album with a more intimate, "coffeehouse" sound.
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The Tarriers - The Tarriers
They were the first folk trio with a hit single on the Billboard charts with their 1956 recording of The Banana Boat Song.  They were a huge influence on later folk groups such as The Chad Mitchell Trio and the Kingston Trio (who copied their version of Tom Dooley).
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The Kossoy Sisters with Erik Darling on banjo & guitar - Bowling Green
"They were The Roches of their time. By the time they were in college, the sisters had collected
an interesting array of dark traditional folk songs from the Southern Appalachians".  The liner
notes are exceptionally informative and readable, and Erik Darling's inspired banjo playing is
itself worth the cost of the recording.  The I'll Fly Away track was used in the O Brother, Where Art Thou? movie (but not on the soundtrack CD, that version was by Gillian Welch).
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Carolyn Hester - Dear Companion
More popular in Europe then in her native country, this "Texas Songbird" had a somewhat quirky, but always engaging, vocal style that added another dimension to the scene.  Trivia note: yes, that's Bob Dylan with his back to us - he was backing up Carolyn on harmonica in his recording debut.
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Richard & Mimi Farina - The Complete Vanguard Recordings
Mimi, who died at age 56 after a long illness, was Joan Baez's younger sister and founder of Bread and Roses in 1974.  Her Cuban-Irish husband Richard, who died in 1966 from a motorcycle accident at age 30, was the last Beat writer,  Carolyn Hester's ex-husband, and much more in his too-short life.  The new book Positively 4th Street chronicles their time together and with  Joan & Dylan.  They also get a chapter in  Urban Spacemen and Wayfaring Strangers : Overlooked Innovators and Eccentric Visionaries of '60s Rock by Richie Unterberger with foreword by Paul Kantner.  Click here and scroll down for a four-minute video interview with Mimi filmed in honor of her entry into the Marin Women's Hall of Fame in 1988. Finally, a Video Clip (QuickTime format) of Mimi and her sister Joan Baez's Thanksgiving 1973 Sing Sing Prison concert .
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Fred Neil - Bleeker & Macdougal
Remember his "Blues on the Ceiling"?  Fred, who died on July 7, 2001, had the sweetest voice and worst reputation in the Village. " Moody, bluesy, and melodic, Fred Neil was one of the most compelling folk-rockers to emerge from Greenwich Village in the mid-'60s. His albums showcased his extraordinarily low, rich voice on intensely personal and reflective compositions..."  Fred was involved with The Dolphin Project, which he co-founded (they have a dolphin video for sale with a soundtrack of a few re-mastered Fred Neil recordings).  It's hard to find much biographical info on Fred, but he does get a chapter in Urban Spacemen and Wayfaring Strangers : Overlooked Innovators and Eccentric Visionaries of '60s Rock by Richie Unterberger
as well as in American Troubadours: Groundbreaking Singer-Songwriters of the 60s.
There is also a discography with 4 high quality MP3 clips, if you are unfamiliar with Fred do yourself a favor and take a listen.
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Bud & Travis - The Best Of Bud & Travis
This duo still has a strong cult following.  From the fan page: "While often labeled in their day as exclusively a "folk" group, Bud and Travis in many ways defied categorization by playing and mastering musical forms as diverse as calypso ("Myra,"), blues ("How Long, How Long Blues"), show tunes ("They Call The Wind Mariah"), and songs that seem to fit no preexisting label ("Golden Apples of the Sun," an adaptation of the William Butler Yeats poem "Song of the Wandering  Aengus"). However, Bud and Travis were and are most known for one musical form above all others:  the bolero, a kind of Latin-American folk song."  You can see some BRIEF video clips by clicking on the "Multimedia B&T" link on the page linked above.
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Judy Henske - Judy Henske/High Flying Bird
Long awaited, excellently remastered reissue combines her first two albums. Includes original liner notes, new liner notes by Peter Doggett & many rarely seen photos.  Judy, dubbed "Queen of the Beatniks", was a real character, as you can see if you click on her name above and read her brief and very humorous autobiography.  She has recently recorded and released a new album, Loose In The World, to enthusiastic reviews.
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Greenbriar Boys - Best of the Vanguard Years
"The Greenbriar Boys -- featuring John Herald, Ralph Rinzler, Bob Yellin and Frank Wakefield -- were one of the most influential bands of the '60s bluegrass revival, helping bridge the gap between the semi-retired old-timers of the '40s and '50s and the eager young'uns of the early '60s                  folk boom, who wanted to soak up as much "authentic" hillbilly culture as they possibly could."
A 2 disc set at a single disc price.
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Tom Paxton - The Best Of Tom Paxton: I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound
He artfully mixes topical songs with humor, and poetry with simplicity.  He also has a combination autobiography/songbook out.
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Dave Van Ronk - Inside Dave Van Ronk
This deceased urban blues singer and ASCAP Lifetime Achievement Award winner was an influential insider from the beginning days of the Greenwich Village folk boom.
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Ian & Sylvia - Vanguard Sessions
This Canadian duo was a big influence on early folk rockers. This Sessions reissue is a fine 20-bit remastered collection of their best work.
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Hamilton Camp - Paths of Victory
This legendary 1964 solo album has been finally reissued on CD.  Includes his prophetic self-penned classic "Pride of Man".  Seven of the thirteen tracks are Dylan covers, including some even ardent Dylan fans may have never heard before (perhaps this is also the ultimate Dylan cover album!).  Before this, he often performed duets (under his original first name of Bob) with Bob Gibson.
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Kathy & Carol - Kathy & Carol
"Kathy Larisch and Carol McComb's flawless harmonies will ring in your head long after this disc stops playing; their fragile beauty lends the bittersweet fare an almost bell-like purity."
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Patrick Sky - Patrick Sky
This playful and engaging singer/songwriter was born in Georgia in 1940 of  Cree Indian heritage, and was an integral  part of the early 60's Greenwich Village folk scene.  Buffy Ste.-Marie said "Pat Sky was a good writer and I'm surprised he didn't get better known". Later in his career he became infamous for his Songs That Made America Famous album full of confrontational lyrics that pushed the bounds of satire with titles like "Vatican Caskets" and "Ramblin' Hunchback".
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The Journeymen - Very Best Of
Like PP&M, this group (John Phillips, Scott McKenzie, and Dick Weissman) had wonderful, tight harmonies and a sound that was both pretty and powerful at the same time.
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Judy Roderick - Woman Blue
Like Seattle's Alice Stuart, Denver's Judy Roderick sang the blues more than the ballads as Joan and Judy did.  Problems with her first label Columbia prevented her from becoming well known nationally until 1965, when she both appeared at the Newport Folk Festival and released this Vanguard album to critical acclaim.  Although it is primarily a blues album, probably the most notable track is her rendition of the Ian & Sylvia tune "You Were On My Mind".  In 1970 she recorded one album of original material co-written with Bill Ashford, Nevada Jukebox, for Atlantic/Atco with her band, 60,000,000 Buffalo (out-of-print).  She died in Montana in 1992 of diabetic complications.
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Even Dozen Jug Band - Even Dozen Jug Band
This New York folk supergroup was their answer to Jim Kweskin's Jug Band.  Members included Maria Muldaur, John Sebastian, Steve Katz, Josh Rifkin, Peter Siegel, and Stefan Grossman.
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Karen Dalton - It's So Hard To Tell Who's Going To Love You Best
Karen was a  favorite with the other Greenwich Village musicians starting in the early 60s.  Karen had a unique blues/jazz style..
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Holy Modal Rounders - 1 & 2
Anything but holy, their drug-tinged versions of "old timey" songs still enjoy a very enthusiastic  following today.
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