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They are sometimes categorised as psychedelic folk or as medieval folk rockbut their music was much more a reinvention of Renaissance musicbased around the use of period instruments such as lutes and recorders.
The record did not chart, although more recently the B-side has become popular on the Northern soul scene. Following the break up of The Dimples John and Terry formed a loud "electric" band called Methuselah. They left Methuselah in and began working on their own acoustic material. Initially their material was derived from folk music, in line with many of the other performers of the time. However, they began to develop their own musical idiom, influenced, at one extreme, by the early music revivalists such as David Munrowand the other extreme, by their childhood memories of the Robin Hood TV series, with its pseudo-mediaeval soundtrack by Elton Hayes.
The band was named after Queen - Amazing Blondel - Going Where The Music Takes Me de Neslethe musician in the court of Richard I. According to legend, when Richard was held prisoner, Blondel travelled through central Europe, singing at every castle to locate the King and assist his escape. This name for the band was suggested by a chef, Eugene McCoy, who listened to some of their songs and commented: "Oh, very Blondel!
They were then advised to add an adjective in line, for example, with The Incredible String Band and so they became "Amazing Blondel". It was directed by session guitarist Big Jim Sullivan.
In Baird's words in a interview the band "adored recording". They recorded the Island albums in the company's Basing Street Studios which, at that time, was the source of some of the most innovative independent music in Britain. They toured widely, both in their own concerts and as a support act for bands such as GenesisProcol Harum and Steeleye Span.
On stage, they aimed at technical precision of the music and versatility of instrumentation with most concerts involving the use of some forty instruments interspersed with banter and bawdy humour.
In the end, this led to the departure of John Gladwin who had written most of their material from the band inand the remaining two members decided to continue as a duo. The first of these, Blondelwas their final release for Island. These albums featured a number of guest musicians, including Steve Dont Stop - Various - Roots Of Reggae Volume 1 and Paul Kossoff.
This is probably caused by the title of the final Island album, and the front cover of Mulgrave Streetwhich gives the short version of the name. But the full name is given on the back and on the front of the next two albums. The final release in the s was a live album. By the end of the s, with disco being the largest selling music genre and with folk losing popularity, Baird and Wincott stopped performing under the Amazing Blondel name.
John Gladwin reinherited the name and began to tour universities with bandmates, and former session players for the original Amazing Blondel; Adrian Hopkins and Paul Empson. The original band reformed in and produced a new album Restoration. They have since played at venues across Europe in the period — As ofTerry Wincott had a Waking Up (1995) - Donnacha Costello - Ambient Mix 1995 - 2015 Incl.
Tracks (File, Album) heart bypass operationRain (Domenico Torti Extended Remix) - Mika - Rain curtailed the band's plans for future concerts. InEddie Baird played two concerts in a duo with acoustic guitarist and singer songwriter Julie Ellison and is currently working on a collaboration with Darryl Ebbatson, called "Ebbatson Baird".
The members of the band were all accomplished musicians. Gladwin sang and played twelve-string guitarlutedouble basstheorbocitterntabor and tubular bells.
Wincott sang and played 6 string guitarharmoniumrecordersfluteocarinacongasQueen - Amazing Blondel - Going Where The Music Takes Me pipe organtabor, harpsichordpianomellotronbongos and assorted percussion.
Baird sang and played lute, glockenspielcittern, dulcimertwelve string guitar and percussion. The style of their music is difficult to categorise. Most of it was composed by themselves, but was based on the form and structure of Renaissance music, featuring, for example, Queen - Amazing Blondel - Going Where The Music Takes Me galliards and madrigals.
It is sometimes categorised as psychedelic folk but would probably have been disowned by Queen - Amazing Blondel - Going Where The Music Takes Me the psychedelic community and the folk community, whilst being instantly recognisable to students of early music. Eddie Baird is quoted as saying "People used to ask us, How would you describe your music?
Well, there was no point asking us, we didn't have a clue. Their music has been compared with that of Gryphon and Pentangle : however, Amazing Blondel did not embrace the rock Les Ogres De Barback - Avril Et Vous of the former nor the folk and jazz influences of the latter. They have also been likened to Jethro Tull. The band employed a wide range of instruments see above but, central to their sound was their use of the lute and recorders.
When touring, the lutes proved to be quite difficult instruments for stage performance in terms of amplification and tuning and, inthe band commissioned the construction of two 7-string guitars, which could be played in lute tuning. The design and construction of these instruments was undertaken by David Rubio who made classical guitars, lutes, and other early instruments for classical players, including Julian Bream and John Williams.
Gladwin's instrument was designed to have slightly more of a bass sound, as it was used mainly as an accompaniment instrument, whereas Baird's had a little bit more treble emphasis, to allow his melodic playing in the higher register to predominate. The two instruments were individually successful and also blended well together. They also proved to be stable from a tuning point of view for Queen - Amazing Blondel - Going Where The Music Takes Me performance.
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