Wednesday, July 25, 2007

5 Hand Reel

Five Hand Reel was formed originally in 1974 from the remnants of UK electric folk band Spencer's Feat: bassist Barry Lyons, Tom Hickland on fiddle and keyboards, and drummer Dave Tulloch. Enlisting two Scottish musicians, fiddler Chuck Fleming and singer/guitarist Bobby Eaglesham, they decided to call themselves Five Hand Reel. They started gigging in late 1974, playing their first London show at King's Cross Cinema. However in early 1975, Chuck Fleming returned to his previous band. His replacement was legendary Scottish singer and guitarist Dick Gaughan, an ex member of The Boys of the Lough. The live debut of the renewed band was at the Half Moon in Putney in summer 1975.

Five Hand Reel signed with Rubber Records in 1976 and recorded their first album, "Five Hand Reel", at Impulse Studios in Newcastle on Tyne. It was voted as "Folk Album of the Year" for 1976 by Melody Maker.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,

thanks for this jewel !
I have seen them live here in Germany when they supported this album.

Those were the days....

Take care
HKR05

26 July, 2007 00:08  
Blogger newelectricmuse said...

Britain's No. 1 folk band? Well I don't know about that but they did bring something different to folk rock with Dick Gaughan's voice and especially for me the military style drumming heard here on Frankie's Dog but used to best effect on their second (and IMHO best) album For A'That. I don't think their choice of songs were always the best, but they're definitely worth a listen.
Newelectricmuse

26 July, 2007 03:33  
Anonymous Freg said...

This is genius stuff --a tragedy it's never been released on CD

29 July, 2007 05:25  
Blogger UK folk junkie said...

All of their three Lp's are available on a great 2 cd set from www.bgorecords.com The bossman their, Andy Gray, is a hell of a nice guy.

29 July, 2007 22:04  
Blogger Mud Eel said...

Thanks for this and ALL your great posts! Fantastic music, all right up my alley.

10 August, 2007 20:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who owns the publishing?

08 December, 2008 13:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ANY idea who owns the publishing rights to these records?

03 February, 2009 08:26  

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