Dando Shaft – Dando Shaft/Lantaloon
2 on 1 CD – £9.99
Catalog No. BGOCD550
- Named after a character in a novel, Dando Shaft began as a five-piece folk-band formed in Coventry in 1968 and comprised of Kevin Dempsey (acoustic guitar/vocals). Martin Jenkins (vocals, mandolin/fiddle/ guitar), Ted Kay (tabla/percussion), Roger Bullen (bass), and Dave Cooper (guitar/vocals).
- They initiated a unique mixture of acoustic folk with driving rhythms and impeccable inventive musicianship. In October 1970, Dando Shaft acquired the services of a female singer, Polly Bolton from Leamington Spa, who had previously sung with June Tabor.
- The first album, 'An Evening With', was released in 1970 on the Youngblood label and gained a release in the US through the major MCA corporation.
- A change of label to RCA's short-lived Progressive imprint Neon in 1971 for the second album, Dando Shaft, was followed by a release on RCA proper for the third, Lantaloon, in 1972
- After the band split in the mid 1970's, Martin Jenkins had great success in the band Whippersnapper which also numbered Dave Swarbrick in its ranks. Polly Bolton in turn followed a spell out of the business by launching a successful solo career, initially helped by Ashley Hutchings.
- While Dando Shaft remains a curious entry to the English psychedelic folk era, their music is curious but wonderful nonetheless
- Polly Bolton has lent the album covers for this release for scanning and will be interviewed by John Tobler for the sleeve note
- Dando Shaft: 1. Coming Home To Me 2. Railway 3. Whispering Ned 4. Sometimes 5. River Boat 6. Kalyope Driver
7. Waves Upon The Ether 8. Dewet 9. Till The Morning Comes 10. Pass It On 11. Prayer
Lantaloon: 1. Road Song 2. Is It Me? 3. Down To You, Up To Me 4. Melancholic Fervour (It's Only Us) 5. It Was Good 6. The Harp Lady I Bombed 7. The Black Prince Of Paradise 8. When I'm Weary 9. I Heard Somewhere 10. Magnetic Beggar