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Hedgehog Pie

Formed in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England in 1971, this loose collective of musicians (“just about everyone south of the River Tyne has been in Hedgehog Pie” was stated by LINDISFARNE’s Ray Laidlaw at the time) featured members of The Doonan Family Band: flautist Michael Doonan and bassist Phil Murray; others were guitarist Jed Grimes, Stu Luckley (guitar, bass) and his singer wife Margi Luckley plus fiddler Ian “Walter” Fairburn, who replaced Andy Seagroat.
Co-billed alongside folk comic TONY CAPSTICK, the band were part of the HIS ROUND (1971) album. A few years on and with a few personnel moving on in other directions (the free transfer was given to Fairburn and Murray to join LINDISFARNE spin-off JACK THE LAD), the band were joined by former DANDO SHAFT violinist Martin Jenkins. Owing a musical debt to the likes of JETHRO TULL, FAIRPORT CONVENTION and STEELEYE SPAN, two albums for Rubber Records surfaced in quick succession, the eponymous HEDGEHOG PIE (1975) {*6} and THE GREEN LADY (1975) {*6}.
Down to Doonan and Grimes (with the addition of another funny folker on guitar and vocals, DAVE BURLAND), the band issued one further electric folk set, JUST ACT NORMAL (1978) {*6}, but by ’79 the band had dissolved. As a festival act, Mick once again founded The Doonan Family Band (alongside Irish-born brothers John and Kevin), although they encouraged a good percentage of ex-JACK THE LAD and HEDGEHOG PIE affiliates to join them on stage.
A wee addendum to proceedings: like father, like son and daughter, HEDGEHOG PIE founders Phil Murray and Michael Doonan spawned mid-00s folk act, BEN & ROSIE (aka Ben Murray & Rosie Doonan). And if one’s wondering why CDs haven’t been forthcoming from the original Pie, it’s that someone (who knows?) holds the copyright and refuses to let them be issued. Grimes, Doonan and Burland re-formed HEDGEHOG PIE in 2010, roping in Phil Murray (bass) and Bryan Ledgard (percussion); Martin Jenkins died of a heart attack in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 17 May 2011.
© MC Strong 2010/GFD // rev-up MCS Aug2015

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