The Druids

Formed 1969 in Derby, the initial triumvirate of troubadours comprised ex-pop lad John Adams plus folk acolytes Keith Kendrick and Mick Hennessy – all vocalists and talented strummers. Almost immediately supplemented by the pairing of fiddler Dave Broughton and vocalist Judi Longden (whom they met on the set of a docu-folk film), the DRUIDS raided the vaults of Messrs A.L. LLOYD and Ralph Vaughan Williams for a couple of decent LPs for Decca offshoot Argo Records. The first of these, BURNT OFFERING (1971) {*7}, featured sleeve artwork depicting “The Wicker Colossus of the Druids, whereas Malefactors of War and sometimes innocent persons (where there was a deficiency of the former) were Burnt as sacrifices to their Deities” (as it said on the tin) – nice idea for The Wicker Man movie, then. The second and final instalment, PASTIME WITH GOOD COMPANY (1973) {*5}, found that their archaic approach to trad folk music of old was somewhat dated; STEELEYE SPAN and others had attempted such musical manoeuvres and indeed failed until they turned the volume dial up to an electric-folk 11. However, the DRUIDS were the stamping ground for Adams, who with his wife, Suzie Adams, found further folk fame in MUCKRAM WAKES. The rest of the DRUIDS (probably not Kendrick) combined with others from St. George’s Canzona and Trevor Crozier’s Broken Consort to release a one-off set as GILES FARNABY’S DREAM BAND.
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