Saturday, October 6, 2007

British Folk-Rock Invasion

The late ‘60s and early ‘70s saw the “British Invasion”, an influx of bands such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, the Who and Led Zepplin to name a few. Often overlooked in the mix were a number of British folk and folk-rock bands, bands which blended traditional folk songs with new compositions, bringing them into the mainstream of music at the time. Although they have undergone various personnel changes over time all are still active in one form or another.

Opening the show tonight is a band which formed in 1967 and first recorded in 1968. Comprised of Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Jaqui McShee, Danny Thompson and Terry Cox. They released six albums in the following four years, including a double album, before disbanding in 1973. Over the years since the band has reformed with different members several times, all headed by Jaqui McShee.

I bring you:

Traveling Song

Light Flight

Hunting Song

I Got a Feeling

House Carpenter

In Time

Train Song

Will the Circle Be Unbroken

No Love Is Sorrow

People On the Highway


Wedding Dress

Willy O Winsbury

The next band this evening formed in January 1970 releasing their first album in June of that year. Over the years the band has seen 16 different lineups. Maddy Prior has been with the band since the beginning although she did not appear in two lineups between 1997 and 2001. Peter Knight has been a constant since the second incarnation in April 1970 first appearing on their second album.

Having heard Steely Dan’s hit song Do It Again for the first time on the radio I rushed off to the record store to get the album. Not knowing the name of the song, and only fleetingly hearing the name of the band, I bought an album I thought was it.

Upon arriving home and putting it on the turntable I was pleasantly surprised to find I had actually purchased:

A Lark in the Morning

All Around My Hat


Jack Hall

Cam Ye O’er Frae France

Misty Moisty Morning

White Man

King Henry

Originally formed in 1972 by Paul Samwell-Smith, Kieth Relf and Jim McCarty of the Yardbirds, the following band released two albums with Louis Cennamo, John Hawken and Jane Relf. This formation soon broke up and McCarty enlisted Michael Dunford, John Tout, Jon Camp, Annie Haslam and Terence Sullivan. This lineup, with Dunford and McCarty composing, became the most widely known incarnation of the band. They turned away from electric guitars and brought in influences and passages from classical music composers.

Carpet of the sun

Can you Understand

Black Flame

Running Hard

Secret Mission

Winter tree

Opening Out

Forever Changing

Finally tonight is a band formed in 1967 as a tribute to the street music heard at festivals and fairs. The original lineup only played one show before changes were made. It seems that during their first fifteen years the band was constantly changing. Perhaps the most widely known member, now on his own, is Richard Thompson who appears frequently in the Grass Valley/Nevada city area of Northern California.

This band has also hosted a music festival every year since the 1970s at the village of Cropredy called Fairport’s Cropredy Convention.

I bring you:

Time Will Show the Wiser

Now Be Thankful

The Hanging Song

Walk a while with me

Dirty Linen

Journey Man’s Grace

Sloth – part 1

Sloth – part 2

Untitled – closing song

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