Again in the early 70's The Natural Acoustic Band played the Lanch -
"The Natural Acoustic Band were a British acid-folk band, formed in 1969 in Milngavie, Glasgow,
Scotland. There were a number of personnel changes throughout the band's history, but the best known line up was: Tom Hoy (born 5.2.1950, in Glasgow Strathclyde, Scot) — Guitar and Vocals Robin Thyne (born 1.11.1950, in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland) — Guitar, Bongos, Bass and Tenor Recorders, Tambourine, Clacker and Vocals Krysia Kocjan (born 10.8.1953, in Craigendoran, Scotland, Died 21 February 2007 in Portland, Oregon, America) — Vocals, Guitar,Glockenspiel, Bells
The band only produced two albums and one single (reaching No 1 in the Melody Maker folk charts). They were on the bill on three occasions at London's Marquee Club: November 17, 1971 (supported by Shape of the Rain), 12 April 1972 (supported by Gnidrolog) and 22 November 1972 (supporting Brewers Droop)."
Duster Bennett was a popular one man blues band on the Lanch in the early 1970's
Anthony "Duster" Bennett (23 September 1946 – 26 March 1976) was a British bluessinger and musician.
Based around London, his first album Smiling Like I'm Happy saw him playing as a one-man band, playing a bass drum with his foot and blowing a harmonica on a rack while strumming a 1952 Les Paul Goldtop guitar given to him in 1968 by Peter Green. Backed by his girlfriend Stella Sutton and the original Fleetwood Macon three tracks, the album was well received. He remained popular on the local blues club scene until his death in a car crash in 1976. Read more on Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duster_Bennett
Principal Edward's Magic Theatre were, like Medicine Head and others, on John Peel's Dandelion label c 1970 and played the Lanch about then.
Bio: Formed at Exeter University in the late sixties (their name was apparently inspired by the head of the university), Principal Edwards Magic Theatre were more a multi-media enterprise than a rock group, appearing with dancers and lightshows. John Peel signed them to his Dandelion label and helped produce their albums. They also appeared regularly on his 'Top Gear' show. One of the main assets was lead vocalist, Vivienne McAuliffe, whose crystal clear voice helped make them a little special. Their music was innovative and imaginative with a strong folk influence and an air of mysticism. This is typified by The Death Of Don Quixote and Third Sonnet to Sundry Notes of Music on their second album. However, arguably their best track was Pinky: A Mystery-Cycle. It's a melodramatic number with a thudding drumbeat, haunting lyrics and frequent changes of tempo.
However a loosely-knit outfit at the best of times, the group went their separate ways after three singles and a further album. The last one Round One, was made for Deram in 1974.
Compilation appearances have included: Weekdaze on Psychedalia - Rare Blooms From The English Summer Of Love (CD); The Whizzmore Kid on Progressive Pop Inside The Seventies (CD); Autumn Lady Dancing on Dandelion Rarities (CD); The Asmoto Running Band on Dandelion Sampler 1969-1972 (CD).
Tracks: 1.) McAlpine's Dream 2.) McAlpine Versus the Asmoto 3.) The Asmoto Running Band (hou'amih) 4.) Asmoto Celebration 5.) Further Asmoto Celebration (after the ball) 6.) Total Glycerol Esther 7.) Freef ('r) All 8.) Autumn Lady Dancing Song 9.) The Kettering Song 10.) Weirdsong of Breaking Through at Last
This was their first single on the Dandelion label
Bob Pegg's Folklore band - Mr Fox, played at the Lanch Arts festival 1971 alongside The Strawbs (with Rick Wakeman) and Ralph McTell.
"Mr Fox were an early 1970s electric folk or folk rock band. They were seen as in the ‘second generation’
of electric folk performers and for a time were compared with Steeleye Span and Sandy Denny’s Fotheringay. Unlike Steeleye Span they mainly wrote their own material in a traditional style and developed a distinct ‘northern’ variant of the genre. They demonstrate the impact and diversity of the electric folk movement and the members went on to pursue significant careers within the electric folk and traditional music genres after they disbanded in 1972 having recording two highly regarded albums." Read more on Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Fox
Another Coventry band who played the Lanch c 1979 and i think later was Two Tone band The Selecter. I was at the first concert just before the first single broke I think. I'd seen Pauline Black in a Coventry folk club known then as Pauline Vickers, and saw Neol Davies talking to her. I thought she was going to do a solo spot before neol's new band went on stage and got a surprise when Pauline turned out to be their lead singer. Good night and about the time people started dancing at the Lanch rather than sitting cross legged throughout performances. The guest sax player on Three Minute Hero was Joe Reynolds who used to play in a number of Coventry bands including the Jazz rock band Willow c 1973 / 4.
Joe Reynolds band card for Willow
Neol Davies had played at the Lanch before with one of his earlier rock bands Mead c 1970.
"Curved Air are a pioneering British progressive rock group formed in 1970 by musicians from mixed artistic backgrounds, including classical, folk, and electronic sound." More here Wikipedia Stuart Copeland (later of Police) on drums.
Early copies of the album with special vinyl "The album was the first vinyl picture disc as a limited edition of 10,000. Picture disc technology was in its infancy and this resulted in a level of surface noise. The disc was re-issued in conventional album format (the "Green Label" edition), with a photo of the original picture disc on the album cover." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Conditioning_(album)
Medicine Head played alongside Brinsley Schwarz at the Lanch.
Medicine Head were a British blues rock band – initially a duo – active in the 1970s. Their biggest single success was in 1973, with "One and One is One", a Number 3 hit on the UK Singles Chart. More here Wikipedia
Family were an English rock band that formed in late 1966 and disbanded in October 1973. Their style has been characterised as progressive rock, although their sound often explored other genres, ... Wikipedia
The Strawbs with Rick Wakeman played the Lanchester arts Festival in 1971 with Mr Fox and Ralph McTell on the bill. Towards the end the Strawbs ran over time and the Lanch literally pulled the plug on them forgetting that they were largely an acoustic band. Rick Wakeman switched from organ to Grand Piano and the bass went upright and they just continued!
Skid Row was a Dublin based blues-rock band of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The band was
comprised of Brendan 'Brush' Shiels (bass), Noel 'Nollaig' Bridgeman (drums), Bernard 'Bernie' Cheevers (guitar) and Phil Lynott on vocals. Cheevers was replaced by 16-year-old Gary Moore in early 1968.
Brinsley Schwarz were a 1970s English pub rock band, named after their guitarist Brinsley Schwarz. With Nick Lowe on bass and vocals, keyboardist Bob Andrews and drummer Billy Rankin, the band evolved from the 1960s pop band Kippington Lodge. Wikipedia
Leon Russell is an American musician and songwriter, who has recorded as a session musician, sideman, and maintained a solo career in music. Born in Lawton, Oklahoma, he began playing piano at the age of four. Wikipedia
Barclay James Harvest are an English progressive rock band. They were founded in Saddleworth, Oldham, Yorkshire, in September 1966 by John Lees, Les Holroyd, Stuart "Woolly" Wolstenholme, and Mel Pritchard. Wikipedia
Steppenwolf is a Canadian rock group that was prominent in the late 1960s. The group was formed in 1967 in Los Angeles by vocalist John Kay, guitarist Michael Monarch, bassist Rushton Moreve, keyboardist Goldy McJohn and drummer Jerry Edmonton after the dissolution of group The Sparrows, formed by John Kay in the early 60s, of which only Moreve was not a member.
The band has sold more than 25 million records worldwide, releasing eight gold albums and twelve Billboard Hot 100 singles of which six were Top 40 hits,including three Top 10 successes: "Born to Be Wild", "Magic Carpet Ride", and "Rock Me". Steppenwolf enjoyed worldwide success from 1968 to 1974, but clashing personalities led to the end of the core lineup. Today, frontman John Kay is the only original member left, having served as lead singer since 1967." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steppenwolf_(band)
Apparently much later (not sure when) - Radiohead played -
Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Phil Selway and Ed O'Brien. Radiohead released their debut single "Creep" in 1992. Wikipedia
Adrian Henri was one of the Liverpool pop poets although Adrian started out with jazz accompaniments,Liverpool Scene with Andy Roberts and they played the Lanch in 1969. The Liverpool poets were often at the Lanch in the early 70's and Adrian henri also played there with a later band - Sticky George.
he formed the
The Liverpool Poets are a number of influential 1960s poets from Liverpool, England, influenced by 1950s Beat poetry. They were involved in the 1960s Liverpool scene that gave rise to The Beatles.
Their work is characterised by its directness of expression, simplicity of language, suitability for live performance and concern for contemporary subjects and references. There is often humour, but the full range of human experience and emotion is addressed.
“ The kids didn't see this poetry with a capital p, they understood it as modern entertainment, as part of the pop-movement. (Roger McGough) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liverpool_poets
The Lanch Poly has a Two Tone plaque launched by Coventry music historian Pete Chambers. Horace and Jerry met at the Lanch and Pauline Black also studied there. The Rat Race video was filmed at the Lanch and I think Roddy got his inspiration for rat Race from overheard conversation at the Lanch. The Specials also played there.
We really didn't know what to expect when the straight looking Jake Thackray took to the
stage with his spanish guitar but soon the audience was roaring with laughter - political correctness wasn't so much of a problem at that stage! "John Philip "Jake" Thackray, was an English singer-songwriter, poet and journalist. Best known in the late 1960s and early 1970s for his topical comedy songs performed on British television, his work ... Wikipedia
When Virginia Plain came out in 1972, Roxy Music filled the hall at the Lanch...a new cult following was
Roxy Music is an English art rock band formed in 1971 by Bryan Ferry, who became the group's lead vocalist and chief songwriter, and bassist Graham Simpson. The other members are Phil Manzanera, Andy Mackay and Paul Thompson.Wikipedia
"Dando Shaft is the name of a short-lived psych/progressive folk and folk jazz band that was primarily active in the early 1970s. The band has attracted a measure of attention from recent compilation releases and Dando Shaft is today known primarily as one of the major influences on the progressive stream of the 1960s folk revival.Forming in Coventry, England, in 1968, the original Dando Shaft was an all-male quintet composed of the two guitar/vocalists Kevin Dempsey and Dave Cooper, multi-instrumentalist Martin Jenkins, bassist Roger Bullen, and tabla/percussionist Ted Kay. The band's name was taken from that of the title character of a 1965 novel by Don Calhoun. Performing in local English venues for the next two years while remaining active in the folk revival scene, the band was offered a recording deal with Young Blood Records and in 1970 they recorded their debut, An Evening With Dando Shaft. The album was well-received, drawing immediate comparison to the work of fellow folk revival musicians Pentangle, but demonstrating more of an emphasis on original folk compositions as well as showcasing a more progressive use of bluegrassy multi-instrumentation (especially due to Martin Jenkins's diverse talents) and Balkan (particularly Bulgarian) rhythmic structures.." Read more on Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dando_Shaft
Arthur Crudup, who wrote That's Alright Mama, which launched Elvis Presley along with My Baby Left and So Glad You're Mine which Presley covered. Arthur Crudup played at the Lanch in 1971
as part of the blues show - Priory Street Blues.
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup was an American Delta blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. He is best known outside blues circles for writing songs such as "That's All Right", "My Baby Left Me" and "So Glad ... Wikipedia
The first band I saw at the Lanch c Oct or November 1969 was Soft Machine. I realised that night that, surrounded by students all digging the band, that my musical horizons were about to be considerably challenged! And they were luckily!
Soft Machine were an English rock band from Canterbury, named after the book The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs. They were one of the central bands in the Canterbury scene, and helped pioneer the progressive rock genre. Wikipedia
You will have to click back to youtube for this 1970 live concert in Paris but well worth it -
Pentangle are a British folk rock band with some folk jazz influences. The original band were active in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and a later version has been active since the early 1980s. Wikipedia
I was walking alongside the ringroad in Coventry one Saturday afternoon, in my hippy trench coat, intending to go and see Blodwyn Pig in the evening at the Lanch, when a white minibus pulled up beside me - "Can you direct us to the Lanch" asked this band of long haired musicians. The van had Blodwyn Pig written on it. I had to go after that to make sure my directions worked!
Blodwyn Pig were a British blues–rock band, founded in 1968 by guitarist–vocalist–songwriter Mick Abrahams.Wikipedia
Lesley Duncan was a singer songwriter from Stockton on Tees. This beautiful song called Love Song was covered by Elton John and Lesley did backing vocals on his version. She played the Lanch c 1970 / 71.
"Lesley Duncan born August 12, 1943 was a British singer / songwriter. She was mainly a singles artist
with recordings dating back to 1963. After a string of unsuccessful singles from "I Want A Steady" in 1963 recorded as "Lesley Duncan and The Jokers" to "Sing Children Sing" in 1969 Lesley Duncan finally got noticed when Elton John recorded her song "Love Song" on his "Tumbleweed Connection" album. Up until this time she was more successful in the session field. Doing backing vocal for a number of British artists including Elton John, Dave Clark 5, Pink Floyd and too many to mention here. She can be heard in the chorus on the "Jesus Christ Superstar" album.
After Elton John recorded "Love Song" this landed Lesley Duncan a recording contract with CBS / Columbia Records. Producer Jimmy Horowitz gathered some of the top studio musicians in England to record on Lesley's albums including Chris Spedding and Peter Frampton. Her first album "Sing Children Sing" included Elton John on Piano. "Sing Children Sing", "Love Song" and "Help Me Jesus" would all be released as singles in the US. Top tracks from this album were "Mr. Rubin", "Love Song" and "Lullaby". These songs would all be covered by other artist like Olivia Newton-John and Long John Baldry. In 1972 her second album "Earth Mother" was released. Unlike the first this was not available in the US. Top tracks from this album include "Time", "Fortieth Floor" and the title track "Earth Mother". Due to the unsuccessful singles from the first album in the US, Columbia decided to issue "Earth Mother" as an import only. She also sang on Joyce Everson's album Crazy Lady" which was recorded in 1971 and released by Warner in 1972. It wasn't until 1974 that the single To Be A Pilgrim was issued from the album in England. This ended her time with Columbia and her next album was issued by the GM label in England." Read more on her websitehttp://www.snvweb.net/ld/
Wandering Johnwere a legendary Coventry rock blues band c 1970. They did their last gig (until their sell
out 40th reunion gig in 2010). The gig was recorded by Pete Waterman and the tapes finally emerged recently but the bass amp blew during the gig which rendered the sound unbalanced but the Reunion gig was recorded for DVD by Nomad - the band were well on form as if no time had elapsed. here a track fromt eh gig - Taj Mahal cover - Statesbro Blues. John Gravenor Vocals / John Alderson lead guitar / Ade Taylor bass / paul hayes drums. Neol Davies of Selecter joined them on stage at one point but not in this video. Neol davies played there in 1970 with his early band MEAD and in 1979 with The Selecter. No footage of Mead though!
Osibisa played the Lanch Poly in 1971 Osibisa is a Ghanaian Afro-pop band, founded in London in 1969 by four expatriate African and three Caribbean musicians. Osibisa were one of the first African heritage bands to become widely popular and linked with the world music description. Wikipedia