Sunday, July 15, 2007


Bandoggs was an example of what was then a rare phenomenon - a folk supergroup. Nic was joined by Pete and Chris Coe and Tony Rose - and they released this one album - trying to present both song and instrumental material in balance. Bandoggs achieved that aim, but never planned for longevity and only toured twice. The album sounds like a good time was had by all - and the most distinctive Jones contribution was his version of the Coppers' Rose of Allendale, which he still cites as one of his favourite songs and has included on the l998 In Search of.. CD. This traditional song contains extreme romantic imagery that could, in less skillful hands, become maudlin and slushy. "And when my fevered lips were parched on Africa's burning sands..." indeed. Nic's unaffected, direct reading of the song draws out the sad-but-hopeful theme and the singer's love for his lady very movingly and with crystal clarity. This is yet another definitive version, this time of an oft-murdered song.

Bandoggs and other early related materials suffer the same fate as that of Nic Jones and others. Here is the story:
Bandoggs, From The Devil To A Stranger, etc., and other early albums were released by Trailer, which was owned by Bill Leader. (Hence also the 'Leader' brand of albums from that period).

But Transatlantic were the distributors for Trailer and for about 11 records – 'Trailer' records were recorded on Transatlantic with the catalogue number beginning LTRA. The copyrights stayed with Trailer.

When Trailer went bust, the copyrights passed to Highway Records. Highway actually re-issued a select few of the recordings (Bandoggs,Nic Jones etc) before they too either went under or sold up. Celtic Music then bought the rights to the entire 'Trailer-Leader' back catalogue and the rest we know about — The music was sentenced to life imprisonment in dusty vaults or possibly even burnt at the stake.


Blogger arinjitg said...

could you put up the link please?..

15 July, 2007 15:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lizardson you are a genius, man!
This AND more Dick Gaughan in one day - wonderful!
All the best Dominic

15 July, 2007 17:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you for such a great selection of downloads over the last few weeks! I'm a big fan of Nic Jones and have bought all the cds that I could... thanks for filling in the gaps

16 July, 2007 01:58  
Anonymous streaker said...

Lizardson is more then a genius, he is a santa claus, a shaman, an alchemist, a shape shifter.

How is it possible that so many albums that I could only dream of listening to are now all posted at once thanks to Lizardson.

Not only is so much of this music unavailable on CD altogether but really who even knows about much of this other then the happy few?

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope life is good to you.

16 July, 2007 01:59  
Anonymous grace notes said...

A long-neglected gem of an album, from the golden days of the English folk revival in full maturity. Many thanks.

01 October, 2007 18:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this and all the other treasures ,very much appreciated-

09 November, 2008 19:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much - this is a terrific album, and a chapter of the Nic Jones story I had little inkling. I've enjoyed this many times over the past month.

Much appreciated!

chris in canada

12 February, 2009 23:33  

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