Barbara Ruth Dickson is born in Dunfermline, Scotland on September 27th.
Barbara attends Camdean Primary School in Rosyth.
The Dickson family move to Ochil Terrace in Dunfermline where Barbara attends Pitcorthie Primary School.
Barbara moves to Woodmill Junior High School. Her music teacher is Sandy Saddler, who becomes a great influence.
Barbara leaves school. Her friends encourage her to sing on stage at the Howff folk club in Dunfermline. She forms a musical partnership with guitarist Jack Beck - they play three weeks at the Aberdeen summer music festival.  
Aged 17, Barbara moves to Edinburgh and works in the Registrar General's office.
A civil servant by day, Barbara performs in folk clubs by night and at weekends. She contributes a song, 'The Waters of Tyne', to the privately-pressed LP 'Folksong '65'.
Barbara continues to play live locally - venues include the Kinema Ballroom, The Green Tree and the Belleville Hotel in Dunfermline plus a residency at the Rosyth Hotel.
Another privately-issued album, "Folk Song '67" is released via Scottish folk clubs and includes Barbara's live recording of "The Dreadnought."
Resigning from the Civil Service, Barbara turns professional. She travels to Denmark for a six week engagement at the Tivoli in Copenhagen. Back in Scotland she contributes four tracks to the double folk LP, "The Golden Bird."           
"The Fate O' Charlie" LP recorded with Archie Fisher and John MacKinnon is released by Trailer Records.
Barbara and Archie appear at the Thurso Folk Festival alongside Hamish Imlach.
Hamish sets up gigs for Barbara in the folk clubs of the north of England.
Barbara gets her first recording contract when she is signed to Decca Records. Her first release is the LP "Thro' The Recent Years - The Folk Experiences of Archie Fisher & Barbara Dickson".
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Later in the year "Do Right Woman", Barbara's first solo LP is released.
Barbara continues to play live extensively on the folk scene in Scotland and England.
She appears in two Scottish TV music series, 'Silver City Folk' and 'Once Upon A Song'.
The album "From The Beggar's Mantle... Fringed With Gold" is released in June.
Barbara leaves Scotland and moves to England where she is increasingly finding more work.
She continues touring the folk scene, playing at the Stainsby Brighouse, Hexham, Cleethorpes and Bromyard Folk Festivals. 
During October and November Barbara tours Belgium with 'The Boys of the Lough'.
Barbara gets her big break when she is offered the part of the singer and pianist in Willy Russell's play "John Paul George Ringo... and Bert" - it opens at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre in May. The show is a smash hit and transfers to the Lyric Theatre           in London in August.
Barbara's first ever single, "Here Comes The Sun" is released from the play's soundtrack album.
Barbara continues her run in "John Paul George Ringo...and Bert" which runs for a year in London's West End.
Robert Stigwood, boss of RSO Records, co-produces the show and offers Barbara a recording deal.
Barbara's third single for the label, "Answer Me," provides her first hit, reaching # 9 on the UK chart.
Her debut album for RSO Records, "Answer Me" is released in April.
Barbara appears as the musical guest in 8 episodes of the BBC's "The Two Ronnies", seen weekly by 20 million viewers.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, having seen Barbara in 'John Paul George Ringo... & Bert,' invite her to sing on the studio
recording of their new musical "Evita".
In December Barbara supports David Essex for a week of concerts at the London Palladium.
Barbara flies to Nashville in January to record her second RSO album, "Morning Comes Quickly".
She flies home to Britain to promote her second hit, "Another Suitcase In Another Hall," from "Evita," which reaches UK # 18.
During May and June Barbara plays her first major UK tour of 17 dates.
Barbara scores her first hit album when "Morning Comes Quickly" charts in June.
November sees Barbara in the USA again - she films a walk-on role in "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" in Los Angeles.
Barbara signs a new deal with CBS Records and records "Sweet Oasis", her debut album for the label in Los Angeles.
In June Barbara takes part in the Tokyo Music Festival and wins Bronze Prize for her self-penned song, 'Second Sight.'
"Sweet Oasis" is released in October - Barbara promotes it with a 24 date, two month UK tour.
Barbara begins work on a new studio album with producer Alan Tarney.
She is also invited to record the title track for the movie "Caravans," produced by Mike Batt.
Released at the end of 1979, "Caravan Song" provides Barbara's third UK hit, reaching # 41.
"Caravan Song" is eclipsed by "January February" which Epic rush-release in January. The new single reaches # 11 on the charts.
The accompanying album, "The Barbara Dickson Album," is released in April, reaching # 7 and earning Barbara a gold album.
The single "In The Night", released in June, is Barbara's first self-penned hit.
Barbara performs at the Castlebar Song Contest in Ireland on October 6th.
Between August and December she plays a 40 date UK tour which includes the Royal Albert Hall.
In February Barbara again plays 2 nights at the Royal Albert Hall, headlining with Ray Charles.
In May the album "You Know It's Me" is released.
July and August see Barbara undertake a 37 date UK tour.
She then flies to the USA and on to Holland to begin work on a new album with Mike Batt.
The album "All For A Song" is released in February and goes platinum.
Between May and July Barbara embarks on a sell-out 31 date UK tour. The show is recorded and released as a live album, "Here
We Go".
October and November see Barbara once again on the road for a further 30 shows.
In January Barbara stars in the premiere of Willy Russell's new musical, "Blood Brothers" at the Liverpool Playhouse.
The show is a huge success in Liverpool and in April transfers to the Lyric Theatre in London's West End.
The cast album of "Blood Brothers" and a mini-album of the show are both released.
"Blood Brothers" wins Barbara the Society of West End Theatres award for Best Actress in a Musical.
In January, Barbara performs two weeks of concerts at the Liverpool Playhouse.
Also in January she presents a new 13 week series, "The Afternoon Show", for BBC Scotland alongside Penny Junor.
"This Is Barbara Dickson", a series of 30 minute shows are recorded for BBC Scotland.
'Gracie', a TV special for the BBC about the life of singer Gracie Fields is broadcast by the BBC in May.
Barbara's last album for Epic, "Heartbeats", is released in June and reaches UK # 21
Between May and October Barbara tours the UK.
She also films "Awayday" in which she travels Scotland by train for the same channel.
In August Barbara marries husband Oliver.
She flies to Stockholm to record 2 tracks for the studio album of "Chess".
In January the single "I Know Him So Well" with Elaine Paige reaches the top of the charts giving Barbara her first UK # 1.
She records 4 tracks for the Andrew Lloyd Webber compilation album "Ovation" which earns another gold disc.
Between May and June Barbara embarks on a 45 date UK tour.
Scotland's "Daily Record" newspaper awards name Barbara as "Scot of the Year".
A second series of "The Afternoon Show" is filmed for the BBC.
Now signed to K-Tel Records, November sees the release of Barbara's album "Gold". Reaching UK #11 the album goes platinum.
Barbara stands in for DJ David Hamilton, presenting his Radio 2 show for a week.
A UK tour of 35 shows runs from June to July.
In August, Barbara's first son, Colm, is born.
The album "The Right Moment" is released in November and earns Barbara another gold album.
"Barbara Dickson In Concert", a specially filmed studio concert, is screened by the BBC in December.
In March Barbara is the subject of the long-running TV arts programme, 'The South Bank Show'.
Barbara tours the UK in May followed by a further 39 dates between October and November.
There are further dates in Eire and a Middle East tour.
Along with her manager, Barbara sets up her own record label, Theobald Dickson Productions. 2 singles are released plus the live album "After Dark".
January sees the screening of Barbara's 4 part series "Barbara Dickson" for the BBC in which she travels the UK and Ireland - it
is her first national TV series.
Between September and November Barbara tours the UK, performing 37 dates.
Her second son, Gabriel, is born in November.
In May Barbara releases the album "Coming Alive Again" which reaches UK # 30.
The album is supported by UK tours in July and August and between November and December - in total Barbara plays 53 dates.
Barbara makes several visits to Holland promoting the "Coming Alive Again" album.
In March Barbara and her band fly to New York to play her first American concert.
She then plays live in New Zealand, at the Wellington Arts Festival, and does a promotional visit to Australia.
Between July and August Barbara performs a 30 date UK tour.
Barbara's third son, Archie, is born.
Barbara releases the single "Tears Of Rage" on Telstar Records.
During November she performs six UK concert dates.
Barbara moves home from London to Lincolnshire.
Between May and August her UK tour notches up 54 dates.
In August the album "Don't Think Twice It's All Right" is released on Columbia Records - it reaches # 32 on the UK album chart.
Barbara returns to the London production of "Blood Brothers" for 5 months to mark the show's 10th Anniversary.
She records the album "Parcel Of Rogues," marking a return to her folk roots, with producer Pip Williams.
In December Barbara is invited to play 2 weeks of live shows at the Green Room at London's Cafe Royal.
The album 'Parcel of Rogues' is released on 21st February.
Barbara's concert at the Green Room in London is broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on 16th April.
Barbara tours the UK between May 1st and June 4th, performing 29 dates.
A further 26 date tour follows in November and December.
Barbara stars in 'Band of Gold', a new six-part ITV drama series written by Kay Mellor.
Also on TV, she guest-stars in an episode of STV's long-running crime drama series, 'Taggart'.
In April Barbara performs a second season of concerts at the Cafe Royal in London.
Barbara performs a handful of concert dates in the UK in June and September.
The album 'Dark End Of The Street' is released in November.
Barbara presents 'Hearts and Hands and Voices', a 5-part series on hymns, for BBC Radio 2 between January and February.
She also stars in a second series of 'Band of Gold' for Granada Television.
A 19 date UK concert tour begins on 8 June, followed by a 'Highlands and Islands' mini-tour of Scotland in September.
A further 22 date UK tour follows between November and December.         
Barbara travels to Australia in January to star in the Melbourne production of the musical "Chess".
In March Barbara stars in 'The Missing Postman', a two-part comedy drama for the BBC.
She then tours the UK with her new stage show, "The 7 Ages Of Woman".
In September Barbara switches on the Blackpool Illuminations.
Barbara records a new comedy series "Dinnerladies" for BBC Radio 4 - it is transmitted during October and November.
The Liverpool Arts and Entertainment Awards name Barbara as Best Actress In Theatre for "The 7 Ages Of Woman".
Barbara tours the UK in the play "Friends Like This" between February and March.
"The 7 Ages Of Woman" is released on CD and this is followed by another UK tour of the show between May and July.
Barbara is the subject of the long-running "This Is Your Life" show.
In November Barbara appears in 'Memories - A Tribute to Women in the War' alongside Geraldine James and June Whitfield
Barbara tours the UK in the musical "A Slice Of Saturday Night".
She then begins work on the new musical "Spend Spend Spend" - it opens at the Piccadilly Theatre in London in October.
Barbara continues to star in "Spend Spend Spend" and records the original cast album.
She wins the 'Best Actress in a Musical' award at the Olivier Awards - the award is presented live on stage by Michael Ball.
Barbara also wins the Variety Club Best Actress in a Musical award for 'Spend Spend Spend'.
The end of the year sees her performing a mini-tour of the UK.
In December Barbara is back in Liverpool to reprise her role in "Blood Brothers" at the Liverpool Empire.
Barbara's year is taken up by an extensive UK tour of "Spend Spend Spend".
Barbara is made an OBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours List - she collects the award at Buckingham Palace in March.
A new double CD "For The Record" is released by Eagle Records.
In May Barbara undertakes a major 23 date UK tour.
During October she performs another 5 UK concerts.
In February Barbara performs live at the BBC annual Folk Awards.
In July she is honoured by the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and collects her 'Companion' award from Sir Paul McCartney.
In August Barbara headlines at the Langholm & Eskdale Festival.
During September and October she plays several dates as the special guest of Peter Karrie and in also in October plays 7 UK solo concerts.                  
In December Barbara spends Christmas in Scotland starring in "Fame" at the Edinburgh Playhouse.
Barbara continues in "Fame" until January 10.
In February she tours the UK, performing 19 concerts.
"Barbara Dickson - The Platinum Collection" CD is released in March and reaches # 35 in the UK album chart.
In May Barbara returns to "Blood Brothers" at the Liverpool Empire for a sell-out two-week run.
September 20th sees the release of Barbara's "Full Circle" album.
In October Barbara reprises her role as Miss Sherman in 'Fame' for a week at the Liverpool Empire.
Barbara returns to 'Fame' in January for a week at the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall.
A 19 date UK concert tour begins on February 23rd.
In July Barbara receives an Honorary Fellowship from the Liverpool John Moores University for Services to Music and the           Dramatic Arts.
In November Barbara begins recording a new album of Beatles' songs.
On 28th January Barbara begins a 28 date UK tour.
In July she is invited to play at The Big Buzz festival in Swansea, which is broadcast live by BBC Radio Wales.
Barbara then stars in the Alan Ayckbourn play 'Whenever' for BBC Radio 4.
September 4th sees the release of her Beatles covers album 'Nothing's Gonna Change My World' for Universal.
In September she guests on the BBC Radio comedy series 'Jammin'' with Rowland Rivron.
In October she narrates 'Finding A Voice' for BBC Radio 4.
Between January and March Barbara undertakes a 30 date UK tour.
In November Barbara records her first full live DVD.
Also in November Barbara guests on several episodes of the long-running quiz show 'Countdown' for Channel 4.
Barbara's 'Time And Tide' album is released on 21st January - Barbara promotes it with several TV appearances.
The live DVD, 'Into The Light', is released in February.
Barbara begins a 32 date UK tour on February 1st.
In March she guest-stars in the BBC drama series 'Doctors'.
On July 13th Barbara performs live at the Stonehaven Folk Festival, her first folk festival appearance since 1973.
Barbara also performs at the 'Liverpool Unites' charity concert at the city's Echo Arena in August.
September sees her perform two concerts in Ireland - the show at Dublin's NCH marks her first concert in the city for 19 years.
Barbara's first Christmas special, 'Joy To the World', is broadcast by BBC Radio Scotland on Christmas Day.
Between January and March, Barbara undertakes a 29 date tour of the UK.
In April, a new double live CD, "Barbara Dickson In Concert", is released and Barbara also provides lead vocals for the song "Now Voyager" on Troy Donockley's album "The Madness of Crowds".
In July, Barbara performs sell-out concerts at the International Eisteddfod Festival in Llangollen and Brampton Live in Cumbria.
October 15th sees the publication of Barbara's autobiography, 'A Shirt Box Full of Songs'.
A promotional tour of book signings, 'in conversation' events and TV and radio appearances follows in support of the book.
On October 30th Barbara performs alongside Archie Fisher for a TMSA concert at the Queens Hall in Edinburgh.
In November she is invited to perform at the Scots Trad Music Awards in Dumfries as part of the Homecoming Scotland Finale    Celebrations.
Barbara sings at a charity concert at Glasgow Cathedral on December 10th
In January Barbara begins work on her new studio album with Troy Donockley.
A 26 date UK tour begins on 19 February.
In April Barbara is invited to present the series 'Scotland On Song With Barbara Dickson' for BBC Radio Scotland.
Over the summer Barbara performs a series of outdoor concerts and festival appearances.
A second series of 'Scotland on Song' is broadcast in November and December.
In January, Barbara's album, 'Words Unspoken', is released on the Greentrax label.
A 26 date tour of the UK and Ireland in support of the album follows in February and March.
On February 7th, Barbara co-presents the BBC Folk Awards alongside Mike Harding and also performs live
In May she performs a special charity concert in Derby in aid of 'Help For Heroes'.
Also from May, Barbara presents a new six-part series for BBC Radio Scotland, 'Scotland In Tune'.
Barbara performs at a further six folk festivals throughout the UK between June and September.
Barbara and Archie Fisher headline at the Dunfermline Folk Weekend on 29th October.
On 5th November Barbara guests at the Lennoxlove Book Festival, discussing her autobiography.
On December 8th, Barbara performs at the 'Carols of Light' charity concert at Durham Cathedral.
On 21st January, Barbara performs at the 'Far Far From Ypres' show In Glasgow, part of Celtic Connections 2012.
Also in January, she is invited to take part in 'Bring It All Home - Gerry Rafferty Remembered' at the Glasgow RCH.
May 5th sees Barbara performing in concert at Rochester Cathedral as part of the Rochester Sweeps Festival.
On June 17th Barbara performs in concert at Fairlight Hall in Hastings and in September she appears in concert at Dundee Rep.
In July, Barbara is invested with a Doctorate of Music (honoris causa) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.                               On September 22nd, Barbara appears as part of the 'John Shuttleworth & Friends' charity show at London's Bloomsbury Theatre.
In October Barbara performs live at both the Bewdley and Banbury folk festivals.
Also in October, Barbara performs two concerts aboard the 'Mayan Adventure' two week South American cruise.
In November, Barbara receives the Sir Reo Stakis Pride of Scotland lifetime achievement Award at the Tartan Clef Awards.
On New Year's Eve, a new hour long documentary on Barbara's career is shown by BBC Alba.
On January 12th Barbara performs a one-off concert with Nick Holland at St Luke's Church in London.
January 14th sees the release of 'B4 Seventy-Four - The Folkclub Tapes', a two-disc set of recordings from Barbara's archives.
Barbara performs live alongside Dougie Maclean at the BBC Folk Awards on January 30th.
On March 23rd, Barbara performs live at the Young at Heart Festival in Hamilton.
On July 6th Barbara performs a one-off concert with Rab Noakes at Cherry Burton Village Hall.
Barbara stars in the new opera, 'The Bargee's Wife,' at Gloucester Cathedral on August 4th.
To Each & Everyone - The Songs of Gerry Rafferty', her 24th studio album, is released on September 1st.
A 24 date UK tour begins on October 9th, concluding on November 10th.
On November 29th, Barbara plays live at the Great British Folk Festival.
Barbara appears at Celtic Connections' 'Far From Ypres: WWI Scottish Songs' at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall on January 17th.
On March 7th Barbara and her band perform a charity show at Dunfermline's Alhambra Theatre in aid of Pars United FC.
On April 8th, Barbara releases a new six-track EP, 'Reunited', recorded with Rab Noakes.
April also sees the first of 18 UK live dates with Rab Noakes.
On April 16th, Barbara performs live at 'Bring It All Home', a concert celebrating Gerry Rafferty at Paisley Town Hall.
Barbara performs two shows live on the British Isles Discovery Cruise, which starts on May 24th for 9 nights.
Barbara performs as part of the 'Far From From Ypres' concert at Edinburgh's Queen's Hall on August 17th.
On September 9th, Barbara is awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree by the University of Lincoln.
Also during September Barbara performs her first US concerts as part of the Big Stone Gap Festival in Virginia.
In November, Barbara plays a small tour of Ireland.
December 8th sees the release of Barbara's 29th album, 'Winter'.
February 1st sees the start of a 24 date UK tour.
Barbara Dickson - The Books That Made Me' is held at Glasgow's Mitchell Library on April 25th as part of 'Aye Write' 2015.
On April 30th, 'In Conversation with Barbara Dickson' at Kirkcaldy's Old Kirk raises funds for the Fife Society For The Blind.
Barbara plays two nights at The Pheasantry in London on August 16th & 17th and at Bangor Abbey in Northern Ireland on the 24th. Barbara performs an acoustic tour with Nick Holland in September.
Also in September, Barbara moves to Edinburgh, returning to live in Scotland for the first time since 1973.
October 6th sees Barbara playing live at the Costal Del Folk Festival in Portugal.
November sees Barbara return to Ireland for nine concerts with Nick Holland.
On December 24th, Barbara sings live on BBC One Scotland's 'Christmas Celebration'.
In January, Barbara performs live at 'Celtic Connections' at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall.
Barbara receives the 'Outstanding Scottish Achievement' award at the 2016 Scottish Variety Awards on March 19th.
A limited edition set, 'Barbara Dickson - More Brecht Than Broadway: The Complete Theatre Recordings,' is released in March.
On April 3rd Barbara performs a sold-out show at Tithe Barn, as part of the 'Cleeves Concerts' series.
May sees three sold out shows at Dundee Rep, Greenock's Albany Theatre and the Leek Arts Festival 2016.
On July 9th, Barbara performs a short set as part of the 'Hops in the Garden' charity fundraiser at Leuchie House, East Lothian.
Barbara reunites with Rab Noakes on July 22nd  for a sold-out show as part of 'Byre in the Botanics' in St Andrews.
Barbara performs live at the Tartan Heart Festival in Belladrum on August 4th.
On September 10th, Barbara appears on BBC One's long-running quiz show, 'Pointless Celebrities'
In September she returns to the USA for more live dates at the Big Stone Gap Festival in Virginia.
On October 11th, Barbara flies to Ireland for eight live shows and promotes these with TV and radio appearances in the country.
The 'In Good Company' tour from February 1st sees Barbara and her band play 22 shows across the UK.
A new five-track CD EP, 'Five Songs', produced by Troy Donockley, is released with physical copies available only from tour venues.
On April 5th, Barbara is amongst the artists performing 'The Ballads of Child Migration' at the BBC Folk Awards at the Albert Hall.
Also in April, Barbara's expanded autobiography, 'A Shirt Box Full of Songs,' is re-released in paperback format.
Over the summer Barbara headlines festivals including Warwick Folk Festival on July 30th and Sidmouth Folk Week on August 3rd.
'The Music of the Incredible String Band' at the Edinburgh Festival features Barbara, Sam Lee and Karine Polwart on August 17.
On 21st August, she also appears at the Edinburgh Festival for 'Barbara Dickson in Conversation' at the New Town Theatre.
September 12th sees Barbara begin a 12 date UK tour with her keyboard player, Nick Holland.
On September 29th, the live double CD, 'Barbara Dickson - In Good Company,' a complete recording of her 2017 tour is released.
A six-date tour of Ireland runs from October 23rd-October 29th.
On December 3rd, BBC One broadcasts 'Fern Britton Meets... Barbara Dickson', a one hour special on her life and career.
January sees Barbara in the studio recording her new album, 'Through Line' with the Carducci String Quartet.
Between 6th-18th May, Barbara performs a sold-out seven night tour, accompanied by Nick Holland.
On May 25th Barbara is the guest of Sam Lee at his 'Singing With Nightingales' show at Green Farm, Ashford.
'Barbara Dickson... In Conversation' on August 17th at the New Town Theatre forms part of the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe.
Between August 5 - November 11, Barbara tours as part of 'Far Far From Ypres', the story of the Scottish war effort during WW1.
The new studio album, 'Through Line', is released on September 7th.
On October 15th, STV broadcasts 'Barbara Dickson: This Is Me', which sees Barbara discussing some of her favourite songs.
'The Ballads of Child Migration' tours the UK between November 12-16th - Barbara is the on-stage narrator.
Between February 1st and March 10th, Barbara and her band tour, playing 28 shows around the UK.
In June, Barbara plays live at the Portsoy Boat Festival with Rab Noakes - a series of live shows with Rab follow in October.
On August 12th, Barbara is among the artists appearing at the 'Music of Sandy Bells' concert at Edinburgh's Queens Hall.
On September 21st, Barbara returns to her home town of Dunfermline for a sold-out fundraising concert at Carnegie Hall.
November and December sees Barbara playing a series of live shows across the UK with Nick Holland.
On December 21st and 22nd, Barbara headlines three 'Christmas at the Cathedral' concerts in Belfast.