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On September 16. 2018.

On September 16, 2018, Maartin Allcock died aged 61. He was a musician (violin, guitar, bass, keyboards, pipes), and record producer, best known as a member of Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull, and The Mission. As a musician, he recorded with a number of bands and musicians including Ralph McTell, Simon Nicol, Kieran Halpin, Beverley Craven, Steve Ashley, Dan Ar Braz, Robert Plant, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Les Barker, Ashley Hutchings, Billy Connolly, Judith Durhamlin, Steve Tilston, Maggie Boyle, Chris Leslie, The Simon Mayor Quintet, WAZ!, Dave Pegg, Steve Gibbons, David Hughes, Sally Barker, Emily Slade, Alistair Russell, John Wright, Swarb’s Lazarus, Mike Billington, The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican, Scott Doonican, Dave Burland, and Lisa Starnini. Allcock released four solo albums.

In February 1977.

In February 1977, “Harvest” label released “The Prospect Before Us”, the debut Albion Dance Band (as The Albion Dance Band) album. It was recorded in 1976, at “Sound Techniques” and “Olympic Studios” in London, and was produced by Ashley Hutchings and Simon Nicol.


  • Ashley Hutchings– vocals, electric bass guitar
  • Simon Nicol- electric and acoustic guitars, piano
  • Michael Gregory – drums, nakers, percussion
  • Philip Pickett- curtals, shawms, recorders, crumhorns, bagpipes, rackets, chalumeux, synthesizer
  • John Sothcott, – vielle, citole, crumhorn
  • Graeme Taylor- electric guitar, piano
  • Shirley Collins- vocals.
  • Eddie Upton – vocals, caller
  • John Tams- vocals, melodeon
  • John Rodd – vocals, concertina, tambourine
  • Dave Mattacks- drums, piano, electric piano

Track listing:

  1. Uncle Berhard’s / Jenny Lind
  2. The Hunt Is Up
  3. Varsoviana
  4. Masque
  5. Huntsman’s Chorus
  6. Minuet
  7. Wassail Song
  8. Picking of Sticks / The Old Mole
  9. Merry Sherwood Rangers (live version)
  10. La Sextie Estampe Real
  11. I Wish I was Single Again
  12. The Whim
  13. Hopping Down in Kent
  14. Horse’s Brawl
  15. On Christmas Night All Christians Sing (The Sussex Carol)
  16. Merry Sherwood Rangers (studio version)

In September 1969.

In September 1969, “CBS” label released “Love Chronicles”, the second Al Stewart studio album. It was recorded 1968 – 1969, and was produced by Roy Guest, John Wood and Al Stewart.


  • Al Stewart – vocals, guitar
  • Jimmy Page- guitar
  • Simon Breckenridge (Simon Nicol)- guitar
  • Mervyn Prestwyck (Richard Thompson)- guitar
  • Brian Brocklehurst – bass
  • Harvey Burns – drums
  • Martyn Francis (Martin Lamble) – drums
  • Brian Odgers, John Paul Jones, Ashley Hutchings- bass

Track listing:

All tracks by Al Stewart

  1. In Brooklyn
  2. Old Compton Street Blues
  3. The Ballad of Mary Foster
  4. Life and Life Only
  5. You Should Have Listened to Al
  6. Love Chronicles

On July 3, 1969.

On July 3, 1969, “Island” label released “Unhalfbricking”, the third Fairport Convention  album. It was recorded January – April 1969, at “Sound Techniques” and “Olympic Studios” in London, and was produced by Joe Boyd, Simon Nico, Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson, Ashley Hutchings, Simon Nicol and Martin Lamble. The cover photo was by Eric Hayes, sleeve design by Diogenic Attempts Ltd.


  • Sandy Denny– vocals, harpsichord
  • Richard Thompson– electric and acoustic guitars, electric dulcimer, piano accordion, organ, backing vocals
  • Ashley Hutchings– bass, backing vocals
  • Simon Nicol– electric and acoustic guitars, electric dulcimer, backing vocals
  • Martin Lamble– drums, stacked chair backs
  • Iain Matthews– backing vocals
  • Dave Swarbrick – fiddle
  • Trevor Lucas– triangle
  • Marc Ellington– vocals
  • Dave Mattacks– drums
  • Engineer: John Wood

Track listing:

  1. Genesis Hall – Richard Thompson
  2. Si tu dois partir – Bob Dylan
  3. Autopsy – Sandy Denny
  4. A Sailor’s Life – traditional, arranged by Denny, Thompson, Simon Nicol, Ashley Hutchings, Martin Lamble
  5. Cajun Woman – Richard Thompson
  6. Who Knows Where the Time Goes? – Sandy Denny
  7. Percy’s Song – Bob Dylan
  8. Million Dollar Bash – Bob Dylan

In June 1970.

In June 1970, “RCA” label released “Hark! The Village Wait”, the debut Steely Span album. It was recorded in March 1970, at “Sound Techniques” in London, and was produced by Sandy Roberton, Maddy Prior, Tim Hart, Ashley Hutchings, Terry Woods and Gay Woods.


  • Maddy Prior- vocals, 5-string banjo
  • Tim Hart- vocals, electric guitar, electric dulcimer, fiddle, 5-string banjo, harmonium
  • Ashley Hutchings- bass
  • Terry Woods- vocals, electric guitar, concertina, mandola, 5-string banjo, mandolin
  • Gay Woods- vocals, concertina, autoharp, bodhran
  • Gerry Conway- drums
  • Dave Mattacks- drums

Track listing:

  1. A Calling-on Song – Ashley Hutchings
  2. The Blacksmith – traditional
  3. Fisherman’s Wife – MacColl
  4. Blackleg Miner -traditional
  5. Dark-Eyed Sailor –traditional
  6. Copshawholme Fair – traditional
  7. All Things Are Quite Silent – traditional
  8. The Hills of Greenmore – traditional
  9. Lowlands of Holland – traditional
  10. Twa Corbies – traditional
  11. One Night as I Lay on My Bed –traditional

In June 1968.

In June 1968, “Polydor” label released the debut, self-titled Fairport Convention  album.  It was recorded in November 1967, at “Sound Techniques” in London, and was produced by Joe Boyd and Tod Lloyd.


  • Judy Dyble– lead vocals, electric and acoustic autoharps, recorder, piano
  • Ian MacDonald(Iain Matthews) – lead vocals, Jew’s harp
  • Richard Thompson– vocals, lead electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin
  • Simon Nicol– vocals, electric 12 and 6 string and acoustic guitars
  • Ashley Hutchings– bass guitar, jug, double bass
  • Martin Lamble– percussion, violin
  • Claire Lowther –cello

Track listing:

  1. Time Will Show the Wiser – Emitt Rhodes
  2. I Don’t Know Where I Stand – Joni Mitchell
  3. If (Stomp) – Ian MacDonald,Richard Thompson
  4. Decameron – Paul Ghosh, Andrew Horvitch, Richard Thompson
  5. Jack O’Diamonds – Bob Dylan,Ben Carruthers
  6. Portfolio – Judy Dyble,Tyger Hutchings
  7. Chelsea Morning – Joni Mitchell
  8. Sun Shade – Paul Ghosh, Andrew Horvitch, Richard Thompson
  9. The Lobster – George Painter, Tyger Hutchings, Richard Thompson
  10. It’s Alright Ma, It’s Only Witchcraft – Tyger Hutchings, Richard Thompson
  11. One Sure Thing – Harvey Brooks,Jim Glover
  12. M1 Breakdown – Tyger Hutchings,Simon Nicol

In April 1972.

In April 1972, “Island” label released “Henry the Human Fly”, the first Richard Thompson solo album. It was recorded in February 1972, at “Sound Techniques” in London, and was produced by Richard Thompson and John Wood.


  • Richard Thompson– guitar, vocals, accordion, tin whistle, mandolin
  • Timi Donald – drums, vocals
  • Pat Donaldson– bass guitar, vocals
  • David Snell – harp
  • Jeff Cole – trombone
  • John Defereri – tenor saxophone
  • Clay Toyani – trumpet
  • Sue Draheim– fiddle
  • Barry Dransfield– fiddle
  • John Kirkpatrick– accordion
  • Andy Roberts– dulcimer
  • Sandy Denny– piano, vocals
  • Linda Peters– vocals
  • Ashley Hutchings– vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Richard Thompson.

  1. Roll Over Vaughn Williams
  2. Nobody’s Wedding
  3. The Poor Ditching Boy
  4. Shaky Nancy
  5. The Angels Took My Racehorse Away
  6. Wheely Down
  7. The New St. George
  8. Painted Ladies
  9. Cold Feet
  10. Mary and Joseph
  11. The Old Changing Way
  12. Twisted


In March 1971.

In March 1971, “B&C” label released “Please to See the King”, the second Steeleye Span album. It was recorded in 1970, at “Sound Techniques” in London, and was produced by Sandy Roberton.


  • Maddy Prior- vocals, spoons, tabor, tambourine
  • Tim Hart- vocals, guitar, dulcimer
  • Peter Knight- violin, mandolin, vocals, organ, bass
  • Ashley Hutchings- bass, vocals
  • Martin Carthy- vocals, guitar, banjo, organ

Track listing:

All tracks are traditional.

  1. The Blacksmith
  2. Cold Haily, Windy Night
  3. Jigs: Bryan O’Lynn / The Hag With The Money
  4. Prince Charlie Stuart
  5. Boys of Bedlam
  6. False Knight On The Road
  7. The Lark In The Morning
  8. Female Drummer
  9. The King
  10. Lovely on the Water


In January 1969.


In January 1969, “Island” label released “What We Did on Our Holidays”, the second Fairport Convention album. It was recorded June – October 1968, at “Sound Techniques”; “Olympic Studio No. 1”; “St. Peter’s Church”, and “Morgan Studios” in London, and was produced by Joe Boyd. It was the first band’s album to feature  Sandy Denny.


  • Sandy Denny (as Alexandra Elene MacLean Denny) – vocals, acoustic & 12-string acoustic guitars, organ, piano, harpsichord
  • Iain Matthews– vocals, congas
  • Richard Thompson– vocals, electric, acoustic and 12-string acoustic guitars, piano accordion, sitar
  • Ashley Hutchings– bass, backing vocals
  • Simon Nicol– acoustic and electric guitars, electric autoharp, electric dulcimer, backing vocals
  • Martin Lamble– drums, percussion, violin, tabla, footsteps
  • Bruce Lacey and his Robots
  • Claire Lowther – cello
  • Kingsley Abbott – coins, backing vocals
  • Paul Ghosh, Andrew Horvitch, Marc Ellington – backing vocals
  • Peter Ross – harmonica
  • John Wood – engineer
  • Richard Bennett Zeff, Annie Brown – photography
  • Diogenic Attempts Ltd. – design

Track listing:

  1. Fotheringay – Sandy Denny
  2. Mr Lacey – Ashley Hutchings
  3. Book Song – Iain Matthews, Richard Thompson
  4. The Lord Is in This Place…How Dreadful Is This Place (based on “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” by Blind Willie Johnson) – Ashley Hutchings, Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson
  5. No Man’s Land – Richard Thompson
  6. I’ll Keep It With Mine – Bob Dylan
  7. Eastern Rain – Joni Mitchell
  8. Nottamun Town – traditional, arranged by Sandy Denny, Iain Matthews, Richard Thompson, Simon Nicol, Ashley Hutchings, Martin Lamble
  9. Tale in Hard Time – Richard Thompson
  10. She Moves Through the Fair – traditional, arr. Sandy Denny, Iain Matthews, Richard Thompson, Simon Nicol, Ashley Hutchings, Martin Lamble
  11. Meet on the Ledge – Richard Thompson
  12. End of a Holiday – Simon Nicol

In December 1971.


In December 1971, “Pegasus” label released “Ten Man Mop or Mr. Reservoir Butler Rides Again”, the third Steeleye Span album. It was recorded in September 1971 at “Sound Techniques” in London, and was produced by Sandy Roberton. The album cover photograph was taken c.1900 by John Benjamin Stone.


  • Maddy Prior- vocals, spoons, tabor
  • Tim Hart- vocals, dulcimer, guitars, organ, 5-string banjo, mandolin
  • Peter Knight- fiddle, tenor banjo, mandolin, vocals, timpani
  • Ashley Hutchings- bass
  • Martin Carthy- vocals, guitar, organ

Track listing:

  1. Gower Wassail
  2. Jigs: Paddy Clancey’s Jig/ Willie Clancy’s Fancy
  3. Four Nights Drunk
  4. When I Was On Horseback
  5. Marrowbones
  6. Captain Coulston
  7. Reels: Dowd’s Favourite/ £10 Float/ The Morning Dew
  8. Wee Weaver
  9. Skewball