Saturday, January 3, 2009


The Druids were Derby based and ran the Druids Folk Club at the Chestnut pub in Normanton. Other folk clubs at the time were the legendary Peasmouldia, which in its hey day entertained 300 audience every Thursday night. It was at Peasmouldia that John and Keith, along with Bob Fairbrother formed the Springhill Singers, the band that morphed into the Druids with the temporary help of John Squires, who later played with John Leonard, the radio producer responsible for many BBC Radio 2 folk programmes.

It was at the Druids folk club that Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger recruited the band to the Argo label (a sub division of Decca Records) and the next few years included extensive semi pro touring, concerts, radio concerts and folk dances. The first album, Burnt Offering is a collector’s item and copies change hands at fairly inflated prices. The collaboration with the Band of The Scots Guards, Martin Wyndham Reed and several others produced an album, Songs and Music of the Redcoats, which had a very long shelf life and became the song ‘bible’ of the battle re-enactment societies until superceded by Strawhead and the Sharp soundtracks by John Tams. The final album was ‘Pastime With Good Company’, the title coming from a track which didn’t feature on the album. Instead it had been recorded as a ‘folk-pop’ single with a Druids harmony vocal backed by medieval band ‘St George’s Canzona’ and some session musicians who normally played with people like Julie Driscoll: Jeff Clyne on bass, Trevor Tompkins on drums and an American keyboard player called Dave MacRae. It was released and died a death but appeared later on the legendary album by Giles Farnaby’s Dream Band led by Trevor Crozier.

The Druids separated in the early 1970s. Mick Hennessy joined Roaring Jelly, Keith Kendrick went on to a varied career as a full time folkie, Judi Longden disappeared into media land and Dave Broughton went up to the northern tip of Scotland, Caithness, where he continued practising to be a fine fiddler. JA went on to join Muckram Wakes.

Tracks :

thursday night +brian borouhme +frost is all over
the trooper and his horse
sailor's life
general taylor
salvation band
hunting the hare +exile's jig
our captain cried all hands
fare thee well enniskillen
the cuckoo's nest
the boar's head carol
the christmas hare
brisk young widow
the prickly bush
madam bonaparte +roxburgh castle
the farmer's three sons
gabriel john
the butcher and the parson

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  1. Thanks for this one, really great old folk album. Can you post (if you have it) Gile's Farnaby's Dream Band?

    Thanks Anyway

  2. Thankx for this fantastic folk record. Great.

  3. Neat cover dude, reminds me of the old Wicker Man movie :)


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