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Saturday, September 02, 2006


Reunion Album. File Under : Ignored Folk-Rock Pearl

Forsaking electric instruments, Dando Shaft nevertheless radiated the same level of energy as electric British folk bands like Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span. Driven by hand percussion and standup bass, the Coventry-based group created a sound marked by intricate patterns and complex textures.Formed as a five piece group, Dando Shaft initially featured the melodic interplay of guitarist/vocalists Dave Cooper and Kevin Dempsey and mandolin/violin player and vocalist Martin Jenkins.Releasing their debut album, An Evening With, in 1970, Dando Shaft added Leamington Spa-born vocalist Polly Bolton, who had previously sung with June Tabor, before recording their second album, Dando Shaft, in 1971. While Bolton added the influence of Bulgarian music, sales of the band’s albums remained disappointing. After recording their third album, Lantaloon, in 1972, the group disbanded.Following the demise of Dando Shaft, Jenkins went on to play with ex-Fairport Convention fiddler Dave Swarbrick in Whippersnapper, while Bolton embarked on a solo career.Although it reunited to record an album, Kingdom, in 1977, the album failed to deliver the hoped-for commercial breakthrough and the members of Dando Shaft went their separate ways.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic! How did this escape notice? It's a classic!

11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great stuff, first time any of their albums have been blogged to my knowledge. Any chance of their 1971 album on Neon?

5:43 PM  
Blogger Michael Röhm said...

Awesome! I have been looking for this one.

8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this, Polly Bolton is a neighbour of mine (and she is still very much active - go to www.pollybolton.co.uk and buy some music!) - no doubt she will be interested to hear this. The first 3 albums (An Evening With.., Dando Shaft and Lantaloon) are still available - in fact you can get all 3 in one package for peanuts from Amazon!

2:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this

2:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two of them then joined Dave Swarbrick in Whippersnapper - 80's band. Saw them twice - brilliant both times!
Thanks for this.

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this! I've had their other albums for a while, and am glad to complete the collection.

4:57 AM  
Anonymous Andy said...

Great stuff, first time any of their albums have been blogged to my knowledge. Any chance of their 1971 album on Neon?

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