John Dowland About
Possibly history’s first published singer-songwriter, John Dowland (1563-1626?) was an English lutenist, poet, and singer who, after being turned down for a position at the court of Queen Elizabeth I, found a well-paying position in Denmark. There, he provided music for King Christian IV, but extensively published his lyrics and lute tablatures in his native country. After his death, his music lay neglected until the early music boom of the 20th century.