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JSD Band

From Glasgow in Scotland, electric/acoustic musicians (the “JSD” alumni) Jim Divers, Sean O’Rourke and Des Coffield, plus fiddle player Chuck Fleming and drummer Colin Finn, were initially part of the thriving Glasgow/Edinburgh folk scene of the late 60s, cutting their proverbial teeth alongside the likes of BILLY CONNOLLY, GERRY RAFFERTY, HAMISH IMLACH, RAB NOAKES, et al.
Their debut album, COUNTRY OF THE BLIND (1971) {*5}, offered up an enticing selection of electrified folk-rock from around the British Isles and precipitated comparisons with contemporaries like STEELEYE SPAN and LINDISFARNE. It also caught the attention of John Peel, who became something of a patron, giving the band airplay on his show and penning sleeve notes for their next two albums.
By the release of 1972’s eponymous set, JSD BAND {*6}, the lads had already relocated to London, where they played to sell-out audiences at such esteemed venues as the Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall as well as supporting BOWIE on his inaugural Ziggy Stardust tour. In fact, throughout their short career, the band shared top billing with the likes of STATUS QUO, JOHNNY WINTER, LOU REED and even SLY & THE FAMILY STONE, while legendary acts such as AAVERAGE WHITE BAND and fellow Scots the SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND actually supported the JSD BAND themselves. Yet while the band were a live force to be reckoned with, the pressures of constant touring, together with musical differences and family commitments, eventually led to the JSD’s demise. TRAVELLING DAYS (1973) {*4} served as the group’s swansong album, although they released a further couple of singles (`Sunshine Life For Me’ and `Hayes And Harlington Blues’) before disbanding in mid-‘74.
A gap of twenty years ensued before the JSD BAND resumed business in the mid-90s with an all-original line-up and a brand new album, FOR THE RECORD (1997) {*7}. Consisting of Celtic/acoustic reinterpretations of trad material (and covers of DYLAN’s `Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right’ and The WEAVERS’ `Goin’ Down The Road’) from the group’s early-70s heyday, the album was in contrast to PASTURES OF PLENTY (1998) {*4}, a re-tread of the amplified folk-rock sound which originally made them famous.
© MC Strong 2002-2010/GSM/GFD // rev-up MCS Aug2015

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