Label: Virgin - CASCD 1085 • Format: CD Album, Reissue • Country: UK • Genre: Rock, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Folk Rock, Folk
Jack the Lad were a British folk rock group from North East England formed in by three former members of the most successful band of the period from the region, Lindisfarne. They moved from the progressive folk rock of Lindisfarne into much more traditional territory and were in the mids something of a northern counterpart to bands like Fairport Convention.
They have also been seen as part of an important roots movement, rediscovering traditional Northumbrian music. After two highly successful albums, Lindisfarne's third album Dingly Dell was a commercial and critical failure and the band split with main songwriter Alan Hull going off to perform solo projects and eventually reforming Lindisfarne with a new line-up later that year.
They had originally thought of calling themselves the Corvettes, but decided The Gregg Allman Band - Cant Keep Running would make them sound too much like a rock 'n' roll revival outfit, and instead took their name from a phrase that Status Quo had used when they and Lindisfarne were touring Australia together earlier that year.
The phrase " Jack the Lad " is British slang for a "flashy, cocksure young man". The phrase may have its origins in a traditional British song called "Jack's the Lad", but the first recorded use of 'Jack the Lad' was in the film Performance.
While Lindisfarne without them had become a harder rocking outfit, Jack the Lad retained much of the folksy spirit, warmth and good humour of the original group.
Though his talents had previously been overshadowed by the more prolific songsmith Alan HullClements, who had penned Lindisfarne's first hit single 'Meet me on the Corner', continued to write most of their material, which in the view of some fans and critics was the equal of anything Lindisfarne produced at around the same time. Lindisfarne's record label, Charisma Recordsdecided to keep the band under contract and the first line-up of One More Dance - Jack The Lad - Its. Jack The Lad the Lad recorded one album for them, It's Jack the Lad which was released inand two singles, 'One More Dance'and 'Why Can't I Be Satisfied' The band toured with Ralph McTellwho was then at the One More Dance - Jack The Lad - Its.
Jack The Lad of his post ' Streets of London ' fame. Clements left in late and was replaced by two former Vertigo Motel - Dog Fashion Disco - Anarchists Of Good Taste of northern folk rock band Hedgehog One More Dance - Jack The Lad - Its.
Jack The Lad Ian 'Walter' Fairbairn guitar, mandolin, violin, banjo, vocals and Phil Murray bass, vocalswhich inevitably, together with the loss of their main songwriter, gave the band a much more traditional focus. On the second album The Old Straight Tracksix of the eleven tracks were traditional songs, most of the rest written by Cowe. The third album Rough Diamondswhich also featured musical and artistic contributions from Lindisfarne's Ray Jackson, and single 'Gentleman Soldier' bothwere both produced by Fairport Convention stalwart Simon Nicol.
The latter, which featured John Kirkpatrick on button accordion, was a new arrangement of a traditional song which borrowed the vocal four-part harmony break from 'Twist And Shout' for the introduction, and featured a Scottish accordion reel back to back with a mock-heavy rock guitar solo. Presenter John Peel placed it at No.
With no great commercial success forthcoming the band were dropped by Charisma and moved to United Artists. Cowe left shortly before the group recorded their final album, 'Jackpot', The need for success pushed this closer to pop and rock territory than its predecessors, with only two traditional tracks, it featured Andy Bown on keyboards, and a brass section on some tracks.
Despite the return to a more commercial sound chart success still eluded them. Laidlaw left to join Radiator and the group disbanded soon afterward. Following this in Jack The Lad re-formed in as both the original band running side-by-side with their Lindisfarne commitments, and as a festival act which included Mitchell, Fairburn and Murray.
Jack the Lad were one example of the music scene that flourished in the North-east of England in the late s and early s producing acts Where Are You - Pisces (18) - Where Are You as AnimalsLindisfarne and Hedgehog Pie. The shift from progressive folk rock into more traditional folk rock territory partly reflected the popularity of the genre at the time but also has been seen as part of a process of rediscovering regional musical roots that has continued with figures such as Kathryn Tickell and Nancy Kerr.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the traditional hornpipe melody, see Jack's the Lad. For other uses, see Jack the Lad disambiguation. Strong, ed. Broughton, M.
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