Jerry Donahue is an American guitarist and producer known for his work in the British folk rock scene as a member of Fotheringay and Fairport Convention as well as being a member of the rock guitar trio The Hellecasters. Donahue was born in New York, the son of big band saxophonist Sam Donahue and actress Patricia Donahue and grew up in Los Angeles. Encouraged by his parents, Donahue took classical guitar lessons as a child, but it was Gerry McGee who made the biggest impression on him, when the 14-year-old Donahue witnessed him playing a behind-the-nut bend at a performance at the Sea Witch, emulating Earl Scruggs' banjo technique. Donahue took lessons from McGee. Regarding regular bends on the fretboard, Donahue cites Amos Garrett as a major influence. Other influences in his formative years were Duane Eddy, The Shadows and The Ventures. After moving to England, Donahue soon became a respected member of the developing British folk rock scene; as a band member, he played with Poet and the One Man Band and Fairport Convention.
He recorded and/or toured with artists such as Joan Armatrading, Gerry Rafferty, Robert Plant, Elton John, The Proclaimers, Mick Greenwood, Johnny Hallyday, Gary Wright, Cliff Richard, Chris Rea, Warren Zevon, Bonnie Raitt, Hank Marvin, Roy Orbison, Nanci Griffith, The Beach Boys and The Yardbirds. In 1990 he founded the guitar trio The Hellecasters with John Jorgenson, they recorded several instrumental albums and toured in the 1990s and early 2000s. Donahue has released instructional videotapes and more has produced solo projects including Sandy Denny's Gold Dust and The Animals' Instinct as well as finishing the second album by his short-lived Folk rock band Fotheringay in 2008. In 2009, Donahue formed the band Gathering – Legends of Folk Rock with Clive Bunker, Rick Kemp, Ray Jackson, Doug Morter and daughter Kristina Donahue. Jerry joined The Electric Revelators duo Gordon Wride & Simon Gregory in February 2011 for a UK tour of The Songs Of Robert Johnson in celebration of the king of delta blues birth in 1911.
During this period The Electric Revelators featuring Jerry Donahue, Gordon Wride and Simon Gregory headlined the Acoustic Stage Colne Blues Festival August 2011, once again performing the songs of Robert Johnson – this was a one off festival appearance. On July 29, 2016, Donahue suffered a paralyzing stroke. According to reports published several weeks doctors told his family that he would never play the guitar again. Feeling at home in the US as well as in the UK, Donahue musically draws from influences of both countries like Celtic music, rock and country. Technically, Donahue plays in fingerpicking or hybrid picking style with his right hand. However, his left hand technique made him famous among guitar players: Since his first encounter with guitarists Gerry McGee and Amos Garrett as a teenager, Donahue was fascinated by and mastered the technique of string "bending" bending several strings at once and bending notes by pressing down the strings beyond the nut. Telecaster player Danny Gatton praised him as "the string-bending king of the planet".
Around 1997, Fender made a Jerry Donahue signature Stratocaster in Japan, but Donahue's style and technique are associated with his signature Fender Telecaster and the Telecaster in general. His signature Stratocaster was modified with a metal plate under the bridge pickup to more emulate the Telecaster sound; the JD Telecaster is noticeable for replacing the chrome Tele neck pickup with a Strat pickup and the addition of a 5-way switch with custom wiring. More Peavey released the Omniac JD signature guitar; the current guitar bearing the Jerry Donahue name is the Fret King Black Label Jerry Donahue model, designed by Jerry and the world-renowned guitar designer, Trev Wilkinson. Guitarist magazine in the UK have given this guitar the coveted Guitarist's Choice award with 4.5 stars out of 5. Partial discography only, for a fuller list, refer to the Hellecasters site and Jerry Donahue at Allmusic. Fotheringay: Fotheringay ***. Johnny Hallyday: Live at the Palais des Sports Fairport Convention: Rosie Fairport Convention: Nine Fairport Convention: A Moveable Feast Fairport Convention: Rising for the Moon Jerry Donahue: Telecasting Jerry Donahue: Meetings Jerry Donahue: Neck of the Wood Jerry Donahue: Country Tech Jerry Donahue: Telecasting Recast Fotheringay: Fotheringay 2 Arlen Roth: Telemasters "Promised Land" Jerry Donahue & Susan Rey: Ashgrove Sessions Svenson feat.
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Simon John Breckenridge Nicol is an English guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He was a founding member of British folk rock group Fairport Convention and is the only founding member still in the band, he has been involved with the Albion Band and a wide range of musical projects, both as a collaborator, producer and as a solo artist. He has received several awards for his career. Born in Muswell Hill, North London, Nicol was the son of a General practitioner, who died in 1964, he began to play guitar at age 11 and left school at 15. In 1966 he was asked to join local band the Ethnic Shuffle Orchestra by bass guitarist Ashley Hutchings, soon left his job at a local cinema to play full-time, they rehearsed above his father's old surgery in Fairport House, which gave its name to the band he and Hutchings formed with Richard Thompson and Shaun Frater as Fairport Convention in 1967. As Thompson emerged as the lead guitarist, Nicol moved towards rhythm duties and occasional backing vocals.
After some line-up changes the band enjoyed a degree of commercial success in their early years, with three albums and appearing on Britain's most popular music programme Top of the Pops in 1969 with the single "Si Tu Dois Partir", which reached number 21 in the UK Charts. Nicol contributed his first composition to the band for the second album What We Did on Our Holidays, the short instrumental'End of a Holiday'. Besides contributing rhythm guitar and backing vocals to this album Nicol played the autoharp on some songs. Nicol was injured in the accident that killed drummer Martin Lamble on 12 May 1969, but when he and the band were recovered they recorded what is considered their masterpiece and the most important single album in British folk rock and Lief, credited as the key recording in the creation of the British folk rock genre and which helped institute a major surge of interest in British folk music. After the release of the album Hutchings and vocalist Sandy Denny left the band, joined full-time by Dave Swarbrick on fiddle and by bassist Dave Pegg.
While Swarbrick, with his knowledge of traditional music, emerged as the leading figure in the band, Nicol had to shoulder a larger share of the vocal duties on the next album Full House. When Thompson left soon after, Nicol had to take over lead guitar duties. Although never happy with this role, it was thought at the time that he acquitted himself well, he demonstrated that he was a multi-instrumentalist playing bass guitar and dulcimer. He began song writing on the next two albums Angel Delight and "Babbacombe" Lee.'Breakfast in Mayfair' on the latter was his first solo song composition with the band and one of the tracks that made it onto the History of Fairport Convention compilation album. He took over some of the production duties on Babbacombe Lee, but his efforts were not well received by the band and this, together with unhappiness with having to fill Thompson's shoes, led him to decide to move on and in 1971 he left the band, the last of the original members to do so. Just about the time that Nicol left Fairport Convention, Hutchings had quit Steeleye Span and began to work on the first incarnation of the Albion Country Band to provide backing for his wife Shirley Collins.
Nicol joined the long list of musicians, including former Fairport members Richard Thompson and Dave Mattacks, to contribute to No Roses considered one of the most important British folk rock albums. In 1972 Simon Nicol was part of the by now reduced six-piece-line up of the Albion Country Band featuring vocalists Royston Wood and Steve Ashley, Sue Draheim on fiddle, Ashley Hutchings on bass guitar and Dave Mattacks on drums; this band played a session for BBC Radio 1 and contributed one lengthy song to Steve Ashley's debut album. Along with Dave Mattacks, Ashley Hutchings, singer Royston Wood and multi-instrumentalist Steve Ashley and American fiddler Sue Draheim Nicol teamed up with Richard Thompson and Linda Peters to form the trio Hokey Pokey in 1973. In 1974 this trio expanded into the band Sour Grapes, assembled to tour in support of the Thompsons' I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight album; that year Nicol played on and co-produced the Thompsons' Hokey Pokey album. In 1973 he played on what is considered one of the seminal folk/jazz albums of all time, John Martyn's Solid Air.
When Hutchings tried to reform the Albion Band for an album in 1973, Nicol joined again, but the resulting work, Battle of the Field was not released until 1976. Nicol took part in some of sessions for Hutchings' next project the Etchingham Steam Band, but never formally joined the group. Instead, he added electric guitar and occasional drums to Hutchings' and accordionist John Kirkpatrick's project The Compleat Dancing Master which collects excerpts of English literature and both acoustic and electrified traditional dance music. In 1974-5 he played guitar on Cat Stevens' Numbers and formed a band with Chris Spedding, Pat Donaldson, Gerry Conway. However, this ` supergroup' proved abortive. Nicol produced the album Rough Diamonds for the regarded Jack the Lad, began to play with Swarbrick and Pegg in a low key trio, Three Desperate Mortgages, which toured student venues across Britain. In 1976 Nicol was the main guitarist on Ashley Hutchings' second Morris dance revival project, Son of Morris On.
This album featured Morris tunes Nicol had played with the Albion Country Band in 1972. Nicol came back to work with Fairport as a sound engineer on what was a solo project for Swarbrick, album Gottle O' Geer, he played s
Tam Lin is a character in a legendary ballad originating from the Scottish Borders. It is associated with a reel of the same name known as the Glasgow Reel; the story revolves around the rescue of Tam Lin by his true love from the Queen of the Fairies. The motive of capturing a person by holding him through all forms of transformation is found throughout Europe in folktales; the story has been adapted into numerous stories and films. Most variants begin with the warning that Tam Lin collects either a possession or the virginity of any maiden who passes through the forest of Carterhaugh; when a young woman called Janet or Margaret, goes to Carterhaugh and plucks a double rose, Tam appears and asks her why she has come without his leave and taken what is his. She states. In most variants, Janet goes home and discovers that she is pregnant; when asked about her condition, she declares that her baby's father is an elf whom she will not forsake. In some versions, she is informed of a herb, she asks him whether he was human, either after that reappearance or, in some versions after their first meeting resulted in her pregnancy.
He reveals that he was a mortal man, falling from his horse, was caught and captured by the Queen of Fairies. Every seven years, the fairies give one of their people as a teind to Hell and Tam fears he will become the tithe that night, Hallowe'en, he is to ride as part of a company of elven knights. Janet will recognise him by the white horse by other signs, he instructs her to rescue him by pulling him down from the white horse - so Janet "catches" him this time - and holds him tightly. He warns her that the fairies will attempt to make her drop him by turning him into all manner of beasts, but that he will do her no harm; when he is turned into a burning coal, she is to throw him into a well, whereupon he will reappear as a naked man, she must hide him. Janet does as she wins her knight; the Queen of Fairies acknowledges defeat. In different variations, Tam Lin is the grandson of the Laird of Roxburgh, the Laird of Foulis, the Earl of Forbes, or the Earl of Murray, his name varies between versions as Tom Line, Young Tambling, Tam-a-line and Tamlane.
The ballad dates to at least as early as 1549. There have been several interpretations of the Tam Lin story: Francis James Child collected fourteen variants in The English and Scottish Popular Ballads. Joseph Jacobs included a variant, "Tamlane", in More English Fairy Tales. John Myers Myers tells a variant in Silverlock. Michael Drayton's narrative poem Nimphidia includes the character. In the poem he is a kinsman of Oberon, King of the Fairies. Child took the threat to take out Tam Lin's eyes as a common folklore precaution against mortals who could see fairies, in the tales of fairy ointment. Joseph Jacobs interpreted it as rather a reversal of the usual practice. In some variants, "Hind Etin" has verses identical to this for the first meeting between the hero and heroine. Following are some of the notable recordings of the ballad, including their artists, titles and years: "Elphin Irving, the Fairies' Cupbearer," in Traditional Tales of the English and Scottish Peasantry by Allan Cunningham "Wild Robin," in Little Prudy's Fairy Book by Sophie May The Armourer's House, by Rosemary Sutcliff -- includes a telling of the Tam Lin tale, which parallels the novel's theme of a girl struggling to obtain her dreams.
Scottish Folk-Tales and Legends, by Barbara Ker Wilson Thursday, by Catherine Storr Red Shift, by Alan Garner The Queen of Spells, by Dahlov Ipcar The Perilous Gard, by Elizabeth Marie Pope Wild Robin and illustrated by Susan Jeffers The Hawthorn Tree, by Patrick Little Fire and Hemlock, by Diana Wynne Jones Nattens demon, by Margit Sandemo Tam Lin: An Old Ballad, by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Charles Mikolaycak Tam Lin by Susan Cooper, illustrated by Warwick Hutton Tam Lin, by Pamela Dean The Nightwood and illustrated by Robin Muller Tam Lin, in the graphic novel series Ballads and Sagas edited by Charles Vess Winter Rose, by Patricia McKillip Never Let Go, by Geraldine McCaughrean, illustrated by Jason Cockcroft Burd Janet, by Jane Yolen, in Not One Damsel in Distress "Cotillion", by Delia Sherman, in Firebirds, edited by Sharyn November The Dogs of Babel, by Carolyn Parkhurst "My Kingdom," by Hannah Wolf Bowen, Abyss & Apex, Winter 2004 Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black "He Said, Sidhe Said" by Tanya Huff, in Faerie Tales ed. Russell Davis and Martin H. Greenberg An Earthly Knight, by Janet McNaughton Gnat Stokes and the Foggy Bottom Swamp Queen, by Sally Keehn (2005
Chester William "Chet" Powers, Jr. was an American singer-songwriter, one of the lead singers of the rock group Quicksilver Messenger Service. He was known by the stage name Dino Valenti and, as a songwriter, as Jesse Oris Farrow, he is best known for writing the quintessential 1960s love-and-peace anthem "Let's Get Together." Before serving in the United States Air Force and playing in the coffeehouses of Boston and Provincetown, Powers had performed as "Dino Valenti" with small rock bands in New England lounges. In the early 1960s, he performed in Greenwich Village and North Beach coffeehouses such as the Cock'n' Bull and the Cafe Wha? with fellow singer-songwriter Fred Neil, with Karen Dalton, Bob Dylan, Lou Gossett, Josh White, Len Chandler, Paul Stookey, David Crosby and others. He influenced other performers including Richie Havens, who continued to perform some of Powers' early "train songs". Powers was prevented from acquiring a cabaret license due to an earlier arrest, a requirement, beginning to be imposed on Village entertainers at the time.
By 1963, Valenti/Powers was in Los Angeles where folk rock had begun to coalesce. During this period, he wrote and popularized "Let's Get Together." Covered as "Get Together," the song was performed by a diverse array of groups throughout the decade, including The Kingston Trio, We Five, The Dave Clark Five, H. P. Lovecraft, Jefferson Airplane and most notably The Youngbloods, whose 1967 rendition peaked at #5 and attained a RIAA gold certification in the United States upon its re-release in 1969, he popularized and controversially claimed the copyright of Billy Roberts's "Hey Joe." Valenti/Powers moved north to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he recorded for Autumn Records, though no album was issued. He had been friendly with Roger McGuinn in Los Angeles and it is said that The Byrds' Michael Clarke played in a band with Valenti/Powers in Big Sur, he is said to have played in an early line-up of the San Francisco psychedelic rock group Quicksilver Messenger Service when John Cipollina, David Freiberg, Jim Murray all joined his backing group in 1964.
He rejoined the group as its lead singer and main songwriter. Powers' career was blighted by several drug busts. After an arrest for possession of marijuana, he was searched again by police while awaiting trial, he received. To raise money for his defense, he sold the publishing rights for "Get Together" to Frank Werber, the manager of The Kingston Trio. After completing his sentence in the late 1960s, Valenti/Powers signed as a solo artist with CBS's Epic Records, releasing Dino Valente in 1968. A major gig he scored was as an opening act for Jimi Hendrix at Winterland in San Francisco October 10–12, 1968, which exposed his solo work to a broader audience, he traveled with Quicksilver's Gary Duncan to New York in January 1969 to form a new band shortly before Quicksilver's noted album Happy Trails appeared in March. While Valenti/Powers and Duncan were in New York, British keyboardist Nicky Hopkins joined Quicksilver for their third album, Shady Grove; as 1969 progressed, The Outlaws came to naught leading to Duncan's reinstatement and Valenti/Powers formally joining Quicksilver at the band's New Year's Eve concert.
Eight of the nine songs on the group's next album, Just for Love were written by Valenti/Powers, six of them under the pseudonym of "Jesse Oris Farrow," including the single "Fresh Air," a moderate American hit that peaked at #49 in November 1970. He remained the primary songwriter on their next album, What About Me?. The Valenti/Powers-penned title track scraped the Billboard 100 in March 1971, peaking at #100. Following the departure of Cippolina and Freiberg, the band subsequently released Quicksilver and Comin' Thru as various Valenti/Powers-fronted lineups continued to tour irregularly through 1974; the 1969-1971 lineup reunited in 1975 for Solid Silver and a promotional tour. Although Freiberg and Cippolina soon departed, an iteration of the band including Valenti/Powers and Elmore once again continued to tour through 1979. Powers underwent brain surgery for an arteriovenous malformation in the late 1980s. In spite of suffering from short-term memory loss and the effects of anti-convulsive medications, he continued to write songs and play with fellow Marin County musicians.
His last major performance was a benefit at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall. He died at his home in Santa Rosa, California on November 16, 1994, leaving behind a younger sister and three sons, Paul and Sterling, his oldest son, was discovered by his sister Kay shortly before she died. Jackie Powers Dino Valenti Dino Valente Jesse Oris Farrow Jesse Otis Farrow "Don't Let It Down" / "Birdses" 1964? Dino Valente reissued in mono on vinyl by Tompkins Square in 2013 Get Together See Quicksilver Messenger Service Official website Dino Valente More information DINO
Iain Matthews is an English musician and singer-songwriter. He was an original member of the British folk rock band Fairport Convention from 1967 to 1969 before leaving and forming his own band, Matthews Southern Comfort, which had a UK number one in 1970 with a cover version of Joni Mitchell's song "Woodstock". Born in Barton-upon-Humber, Matthews was known in the 1960s as Ian MacDonald, but changed his name to Ian Matthews in 1968 to avoid confusion with Ian McDonald of King Crimson, with whom Judy Dyble began working when she left Fairport. In 1989, he changed the spelling of his first name to Iain and has been known as Iain Matthews since. Influenced by both rock and roll and folk music, he has performed as both a solo artist, as a member of various bands, he was a member of Fairport Convention during the early period when they were influenced by American folk rock and sang on their first three albums before leaving in 1969. He embarked upon a solo career before forming the bands Matthews Southern Comfort and Plainsong.
In his career he was a member of the bands Hi-Fi, No Grey Faith, More Than A Song. In a career spanning over fifty years he has featured on over 100 albums and in 2018 published an autobiographical book, “Thro’ My Eyes: A Memoir’’, about his life in the music industry. Matthews' family moved to Scunthorpe, when he was twelve years old. On leaving school at sixteen, he worked as an apprentice signwriter for a local painting and decorating firm. During the British pop music explosion of the mid-1960s, he sang with several local bands in Scunthorpe and moved to London in the spring of 1965, taking a job in a Carnaby Street shoe shop, Ravel. In 1966 he formed a trio, The Pyramid, a short-lived English surf music band, with Steve Hiett and Al Jackson; the Pyramid released one single, "Summer of Last Year" on Deram Records. A remaining song, "Me About You," surfaced on Matthews' Orphans & Outcasts Volume 3 in 1999. In the spring of 1967, Matthews was recruited by Ashley Hutchings as a male vocalist for Fairport Convention, where he sang with Judy Dyble on their self-titled first album Fairport Convention and with Sandy Denny on What We Did On Our Holidays.
During the recording of Unhalfbricking in 1969, as Fairport drew their material from a traditional British folk repertoire, Matthews found out he had not been invited to a recording session and, after a short discussion with producer Joe Boyd and Ashley Hutchings, left the band and departed on a musical direction of his own. In 1969 Matthews recorded his debut solo album, Matthews' Southern Comfort, rooted in American country music and rockabilly, he made the album with ex-Fairport colleagues Richard Thompson, Simon Nicol and Ashley Hutchings, plus guitarist Mark Griffiths, drummers Ray Duffy and Gerry Conway, pedal steel guitarist Gordon Huntley, keyboardists Dolly Collins and Roger Coulam. This was his first significant experience as a songwriter, although the band did cover versions of Neil Young and Ian and Sylvia songs, he followed it up by forming a working band, Matthews Southern Comfort, releasing two more albums in short succession, Second Spring and Later That Same Year. The band toured extensively for the next two years.
They had one commercial success, a cover version of "Woodstock" by Joni Mitchell, a number one hit single in the UK Singles Chart in October 1970. It received heavy airplay in Canada. 5, as well as peaking at No. 23 on the Billboard singles charts in the United States in 1971. Afterwards, Matthews left Southern Comfort, who went on to release three albums of their own on Harvest Records. In 1971, Matthews recorded two solo albums, on Vertigo Records. Under the sponsorship of former Yardbird Paul Samwell-Smith, surrounded by likeminded British semi-folkies, he formed Plainsong with Andy Roberts of The Liverpool Scene; the band's line-up consisted of Matthews, guitarist Dave Richards and American bassist Bob Ronga. In 1972 Plainsong released In Search of Amelia Earhart; the album included a cover of Dave McEnery's "Amelia Earhart's Last Flight", plus a song by Matthews, "True Story of Amelia Earhart's Last Flight". The song is based on research that suggests that Earhart may have been spying on Japanese bases in the Pacific islands.
It included "Even the Guiding Light", an answer to Thompson's "Meet on the Ledge". After Plainsong collapsed due to a bandmate's alcohol problem, with his career now based in Los Angeles, Matthews released several more albums with ad hoc bands: Valley Hi, produced by Michael Nesmith,. None of these met with commercial success. Valley Hi featured a cover of the Steve Young song Seven Bridges Road, arranged by Iain Matthews and Nesmith, creating a multitracked harmony with all parts sung by Matthews; this version became famous after being covered live by the Eagles on 28 July 1980 and released on Eagles Live. With lack of success on his albums, Iain Matthews went from Elektra to Columbia Records, to the small Rockburgh label, where he scored a hit single in 1978 with a cover of Terence Boylan's "Shake It", which reached No. 13 on the US charts. He had a moderately successful follow-up covering Robert Palmer's "Give Me an Inch". However, the North American rights for his album Stealin' Home and its follow-up Siame
Fairport Convention are a British folk rock band, formed in 1967 by Richard Thompson, Simon Nicol, Ashley Hutchings, Shaun Frater, with Frater replaced by Martin Lamble after their first gig. They started out influenced by American folk rock and singer-songwriter material, with a setlist dominated by covers of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell songs and a sound that earned them the nickname “the British Jefferson Airplane.” Vocalists Judy Dyble and Iain Matthews joined them before the recording of their self-titled debut in 1968. Denny began steering the group towards traditional British music for their next two albums, What We Did on Our Holidays and Unhalfbricking the latter featured fiddler Dave "Swarb" Swarbrick, most notably on the song A Sailor's Life, which laid the groundwork for British folk rock by being the first time a traditional British song was combined with a rock beat. However, shortly before the album's release, a crash on the M1 killed Lamble and Thompson's then-girlfriend, Jeannie Franklyn.
For this album Swarb joined full-time alongside Dave Mattacks on drums. Both Denny and Hutchings left before the year's end; the 1970s saw numerous lineup changes around the core of Swarb and Pegg, with Nicol absent for the middle of the decade, declining fortunes as folk music fell out of mainstream favour. Denny, whose partner Trevor Lucas had been a guitarist in the group since 1972, returned for the pop-orientated Rising for the Moon in 1975 in a final bid to crack America, they played a farewell concert in the village of Cropredy, where they’d held small concerts since 1976, this marked the beginning of the Cropredy Festival which has become the largest folk festival in Britain, with annual attendance of 20,000. The band was reformed by Nicol and Mattacks in 1985, joined by Maartin Allcock and Ric Sanders and they have remained active since. Allcock was replaced by Chris Leslie in 1996, Gerry Conway replaced Mattacks in 1998, with this lineup remaining unchanged since and marking the longest-lasting of the group's history.
Their 28th studio album, 50:50@50, released to mark their 50th anniversary, was released in 2017, they continue to headline Cropredy each year. Despite little mainstream success – with their only top 40 single being Si Tu Dois Partir, a French-language cover of the Dylan song If You Gotta Go, Go Now from Unhalfbricking – Fairport Convention remain influential in British folk rock and British folk in general. Liege & Lief was named the "Most Influential Folk Album of All Time" at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2006, Pegg's playing style, which incorporates jigs and reels into his basslines, has been imitated by many in the folk rock and folk punk genres. Additionally, many former members went on to form other notable groups in the genre, including Fotheringay, Steeleye Span, the Albion Band. Hers ended with her death in 1978, though she is now regarded as Britain's finest female singer-songwriter, her song Who Knows Where the Time Goes? – recorded by Fairport on Unhalfbricking – has become a signature for herself and the band.
Bassist Ashley Hutchings met guitarist Simon Nicol in North London in 1966 when they both played in the Ethnic Shuffle Orchestra. They rehearsed on the floor above Nicol's father's medical practice in a house called "Fairport" on Fortis Green in Muswell Hill – the same street on which Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks grew up; the house name lent its name to the group they formed together as Fairport Convention in 1967 with Richard Thompson on guitar and Shaun Frater on drums. After their initial performance at St Michael's Church Hall in Golders Green on 27 May 1967, they had their first of many line-up changes as one member of the audience, drummer Martin Lamble, convinced the band that he could do a better job than Frater and replaced him, they soon added a female singer, Judy Dyble, which gave them a distinctive sound among the many London bands of the period. Fairport Convention were soon playing at underground venues such as UFO and The Electric Garden, which became the Middle Earth club.
After only a few months, they caught the attention of manager Joe Boyd who secured them a contract with Polydor Records. Boyd suggested they augment the line-up with another male vocalist. Singer Iain Matthews joined the band and their first album, Fairport Convention, was recorded in late 1967 and released in June 1968. At this early stage Fairport looked to North American folk and folk rock acts such as Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, The Byrds for material and inspiration; the name "Fairport Convention" and the use of two lead vocalists led many new listeners to believe that they were an American act, earning them the nickname'the British Jefferson Airplane' during this period. Fairport Convention played alongside Jefferson Airplane at the First Isle of Wight Festival, 1968. After disappointing album sales they signed a new contract with Island Records. Before their next recording Judy Dyble was replaced by the band with Sandy Denny, a