|Albion Country Band|
Years: April 1971 - August 1973
Ashley Hutchings - Bass Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1971 - 1973)
Francis Baines - Hurdy Gurdy (in band: 1971)
Dave Bland - Concertina (in band: 1971)
Alan Cave - Bassoon (in band: 1971)
Dolly Collins - Piano (in band: 1971)
Lol Coxhill - Saxophone (in band: 1971)
Trevor Crozier - Jew's harp (in band: 1971)
Barry Dransfield - Cello, Fiddle, Guitar, Violin (in band: 1971)
Tony Hall - Melodeon (in band: 1971)
Nic Jones - Violin (in band: 1971)
Roger Powell - Drums (in band: 1971)
Maddy Prior - Vocals (in band: 1971)
Tim Renwick - Guitar (in band: 1971)
Lal Waterson (in band: 1971)
Mike Waterson - Vocals (in band: 1971)
Ian Whiteman - Piano (in band: 1971)
Simon Nicol - Acoustic guitar , Dulcimer, Guitar, Synthesizer, Vocals (in band: 1971 - 1973)
Richard Thompson - Guitar (in band: 1971; 1972)
Royston Wood - Vocals (in band: 1971; 1972)
John Kirkpatrick - Accordion, Concertina, Electric piano, Melodeon, Vocals (in band: 1971; 1973)
Dave Mattacks - Drums (in band: 1971–1972)
Steve Ashley - Harmonica, Vocals (in band: 1972)
Sue Draheim - Violin (in band: 1972)
Linda Thompson - Vocals (in band: 1972)
Roger Swallow - Drums, Percussion (in band: 1972 - 1973)
Sue Harris - Dulcimer, Oboe, Vocals (in band: 1973)
Martin Carthy - Acoustic guitar , Vocals (in band: 1973)
Shirley Collins - Vocals (in band: 1981)
Steve Migden - French Horn (in band: 1981)
The Albion Band, were an English electric folk band, originally brought together and led by musician Ashley Hutchings.
The one constant in the band’s history has been the band leader Ashley Hutchings, founding member of arguably the two other pre-eminent English folk rock groupings Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span, and it has been the home for most of the projects of his long and highly productive career, though in the 2011 incarnation of the band he has handed over the reins to his son Blair Dunlop.
Initially Hutchings formed the band in April 1971 to accompany his then wife the singer Shirley Collins on her "No Roses" album. Dave Mattacks, Richard Thompson and Simon Nicol, from Fairport Convention, beside such luminaries as Lal and Mike Waterson of The Watersons and Maddy Prior, were among twenty five credited backing musicians. On a short tour, core members were joined by Richard Thompson and his then wife Linda Thompson. Several members contributed with Hutchings to the project "Morris On" (1972), including John Kirkpatrick, Richard Thompson and Dave Mattacks, and cumbersomely all their names appeared on the album cover.
Hutchings was keen to make a permanent band from these musicians and the first attempt included Royston Wood, Steve Ashley and Sue Draheim in the line-up, but the group failed to gel and he recruited a second band, turning to Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, Sue Harris, Roger Swallow and Simon Nicol. The band remained fragile and split in August 1973, but an album was released retrospectively under the title "Battle of the Field", on Island Records in 1976. Other material recorded by this line-up eventually appeared on the later "BBC Sessions" CD (1998).
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