Milk Of The Tree. An Anthology Of Female Vocal Folk And Singer-Songwriters by Various Artists

Recorded 1966-1973. Released 2017

This is the post where I compare myself to Linda Ronstadt.

I was Head of a Maths Department in four different schools and I was very fortunate in getting the first two of those, relying on the patronage of two much older teachers whose kindness to me was never reciprocated, to my shame.

When Netteswell School, in Harlow, was earmarked for closure in 1984, I could see that my job as Head of Year would disappear a year early. I applied for jobs and asked the Head, Gordon, as a reference. I subsequently learned that he wrote that I was the best teacher he had ever seen in 40 years of teaching. Anyone that knows how I taught will agree that statement is false. This is not undue modesty but it was a genuine desire to help me get another job. Gordon had nothing to lose – he was about to retire and he was genuinely pleased when I told him that I had been successful in my application to Chancellor’s School in Hatfield. He joyously told the whole staff that I had got another job in order to lift morale. Ah! Maybe everyone was delighted that they would no longer have to work with me but, at the time, I interpreted this as an indication that the insecurities associated with a school closure could, temporarily at least, be set aside. If Mick could get a good job, anyone could. Whatever the motivations, I found out a few years later that Gordon’s reference was a deciding factor in my appointment. Without his help, I wouldn’t have got that job.

Seven years later I moved jobs again, back to Harlow. After Netteswell School closed, the Head of Science, Hugh, got a job as Deputy Head at Brays Grove School. I found out later that his was a very influential voice in the decision to appoint me. I never knew him very well but I think he had a soft spot for anyone that had worked at Netteswell. I thanked him by writing him a stroppy note within a few months of starting. Regrets? I’ve had a few.

I’m not saying that I was devoid of teaching ability but, without the help, or patronage, of Gordon and Hugh, it’s unlikely that I would have got those jobs.

“Milk Of The Tree” is another compilation of music put out by the Grapefruit label and consists of 60 songs with female lead vocals. There are some amazing songs here (but quite a few that I’m not so fond of). When writing about these songs, I’ve been fascinated by the moment of transition from obscurity to fame (or, if not fame, at least a record contract). How did Linda Ronstadt move from being a member of a band (The Stone Poneys) to the fame and fortune that was bestowed on her in the early Seventies? There are 60 stories here and it’s incredible (or maybe it isn’t?) to find out that in most cases, a man has taken one look at a talented female singer/musician and decided that he knew how to best promote her (and, hopefully, make money for himself in the process). Sometimes that man is a promoter (“Hey baby. I’m gonna make you a star”) and at other times he is a boyfriend/husband. Of course, in the music or acting business, everyone needs a “way in” and this normally involves a chance meeting or speaking to “a friend of a friend”. I’m not suggesting that anything inappropriate happened and I’m not saying that the career advancement achieved was unwanted or unwarranted. It’s simply interesting to note that in the late 60s/early 70s, men had most of the power; men had the influence. None of the stories that follow are offered judgementally. It may be that I am at fault for focussing on the men in their lives. To me it’s interesting that the key to the door of opportunity was always owned by a man.

Is it different today? Buy me a pint of Harvey’s and let’s discuss it.

Disc 1 Track 1 Do You Believe by Melanie (1972) *****

Melanie Safka was one of only three solo female performers to appear at Woodstock. As a result of the exposure at the festival, “Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)” rose to Number Six in the US Charts. She became a frequent performer at Festivals, including the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival and the initial Glastonbury Faire in 1971. She later formed Neighborhood Records with her husband, Peter Schekeryk. This great song is taken from her album, “Stoneground Words”

Disc 1 Track 2 Blessed Are… by Joan Baez (1971) ***

Joan Baez was one of the most well known female singer songwriters to emerge from New York in the early Sixties. Her political standpoint has been consistently faultless, her support for “every underdog soldier in the night” has been unrelenting and yet she is know for her complex relationship with early Bob Dylan who used her to gain recognition and then dumped her on his 1965 tour of the U.K.

Disc 1 Track 3 Light Flight by The Pentangle (1969) ***

This was the theme tune to “Take Three Girls”, the BBC’s first drama series to be shown in colour. Three girls set up a flat in “swinging London” and they were initially played by Liza Goddard, Susan Jameson and Angela Down. Liza Goddard later appeared in “The Brothers” alongside her first husband, Colin Baker who went on to become the sixth Doctor in “Doctor Who”. Susan Jameson is married to James Bolam, star of “The Likely Lads”. She is not Louise Jameson who played Leela when Tom Baker was Doctor Who but she did appear as the Doctor’s companion with him in a series of audio dramas.

Disc 1 Track 4 Foolish Seasons by Dana Gillespie (1968) ***

Having become the British Junior Water Ski-Ing Champion in 1962, Richenda Antoinette de Winterstein Gillespie, recorded her first single in 1965, aged16, with her boyfriend, Donovan, playing guitar. She became an associate of David Bowie who wrote “Andy Warhol” for her. She recorded it in 1971 but it wasn’t released until 1973, after David Bowie’s version appeared on “Hunky Dory”. “Foolish Seasons” is the title track from her first album which was only released in the USA.

Disc 1 Track 5 Someone To Talk My Troubles To by Judy Roderick (1965) *****

Judy Broderick’s first album is immense. “Someone To Talk My Troubles To” is a wonderful song in which the singer is searching for a man who will listen to her. A good looking man is not enough – she needs emotional support.

Disc 1 Track 6 Auntie Aviator by John and Beverley Martin (1970) *****

John and Beverley made two albums together before pressure from the record company led to John Martyn pursuing a solo career, consigning Beverley Martin to stay at home and raise their children whilst all the time living in physical fear of a drunken husband returning home late. This is a majestic song from “The Road To Ruin” and the piano playing by Paul Harris is sublime.

Disc 1 Track 7 Flying Away by The Serpent Power (1967) ****

The Serpent Power were formed by husband and wife, David and Tina Meltzer. He was considered by many to be one of the foremost San Francisco beat poets. Their eponymous first album was described by critic Robert Christgau as the Bay’s area of The Velvet Underground: “minimalist folk-rock with noise”. The fluid guitar and haunting vocals by Tina Meltzer are very reminiscent of the lazy Summer feel of “Chase The Blues Away” from Tim Buckley’s languid fourth album, “Blue Afternoon”.

Disc 1 Track 8 It Could Have Been Better by Joan Armitrading (1972) *****

Joan Armitrading has released 19 albums in her 50 year career. “It Could Have Been Better” is from her debut album, “Whatever’s For Us”, released four years before her breakthrough hit single, “Love And Affection”. Most of the songs on the album were co-written by Joan Armitrading and her friend, Pam Nestor. They had become friends when they were in the cast of a touring production of “Hair” and they considered the album should be jointly credited. However, Gus Dudgeon, the producer of the album chose none of the songs that Pam Nestor played on as he wanted to promote Joan Armitrading as a solo artist. As a result of the actions of Gus Dudgeon (who had produced David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and would go on to produce many of Elton John’s hits), the friendship between Joan Armitrading and Pam Nestor ended.

Disc 1 Track 9 Morning Morgantown by Jude (1970) ****

In 1970, the Morgan Studios in Willesden, North West London, were used to record “Gasoline Alley“ by Rod Stewart, “McCartney” by Paul McCartney, “Tea For The Tillerman” by Cat Stevens and many other classic albums. A group of musicians who called themselves Fickle Pickle were used as a house band and when they decided to record a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Morning Morgantown”, guitarist Steve Howden asked his girlfriend, Judith Willey, to come to the studios to provide lead vocals.

Disc 1 Track 10 If Not By Fire by Mandy More (1972) *****

It’s very difficult to get information about Mandy More because every search engine assumes that I can’t spell and I’m trying to find out about Mandy Moore, who is also a singer and actress. But this incredible song is by Mandy More and is taken from her 1972 album, “But This Is Me”. She combined acting and singing careers, having replaced future Curved Air singer Sonia Kristina in the West End production of “Hair”. “Zingalong” was a 15 minute children’s TV programme that aired on Thames TV every Friday afternoon. Musical stars such as Dave Dee, Judith Durham and Gerry Marsden appeared on the programme and encouraged children to sing along with them. When promoter Tony Hall saw Mandy More hosting the show, he signed her up and obtained a record contract for her.

Disc 1 Track 11 Upstairs By A Chinese Lamp by Laura Nyro (1970) ****

Laura Nyro was one of the most innovative, impressive and interesting singer-songwriters of her generation. She released nine studio albums before her early death, aged 49. “Upstairs By A Chinese Lamp” is from her fourth album, “Christmas And The Beads Of Sweat”, which featured many magnificent musicians including Alice Coltrane, Richard Davis (bass player on “Astral Weeks”), David Hood (father of Patterson Hood of Drive By Truckers), Chuck Rainey (bass player on “The Pretender” and “Greetings From L.A.”) and Duane Allman.

Disc 1 Track 12 I Thought I Knew The Answer by Susan Pillsbury (1973) *****

The musicianship on Van Morrison’s “Astral Weeks” is part of its everlasting charm and beauty. Jay Berliner (acoustic guitar) and the aforementioned Richard Davis (bass) were fundamental to the sound of the Irishman’s best album and they give outstanding support to Susan Pillsbury on this fantastic song.

Disc 1 Track 13 Give Her The Day by Jaki Whitren (1973) ***

“Give Her The Day” was Jaki Whitren’s first single, released when she was 19 years old. A lack of success meant that only one album was released until she contributed one vocal to “I Robot” by The Alan Parsons Project in 1977. She subsequently released three albums with her husband, John Cartwright.

Disc 1 Track 14 By The Sea by Wendy & Bonnie (1969) **

Wendy and Bonnie Flower recorded their only album when the former was 17 and the latter was 13. Their godfather, Cal Tjader, owned Skye Records and he had given them a record contract.

Disc 1 Track 15 Come And Stay With Me by Jackie Deshannon (1968) ***

Jackie Deshannon’s first chart success in the USA was with “Needles And Pins”, which was co-written between Jack Nitzsche and Sonny Bono. She followed this up with her own song, “When You Walk In The Room”. Both songs were to become hits in the U.K. for The Searchers. She released 17 albums between 1963 and 1969 and, in her lifetime, has released 31 albums. Having supported The Beatles on their 1964 US tour, she is now a regular correspondent for “Breakfast With The Beatles”, a long running programme on FM radio in the USA. “Come And Stay With Me” had been a hit in 1965 for Marianne Faithfull.

Disc 1 Track 16 Something Better by Marianne Faithfull (1969) ***

Marianne Faithfull’s career in the Sixties was highly successful but could all too easily be defined by her manager, Andrew Loog Oldham and her highly publicised relationship with Mick Jagger. “Something Better” was arranged by Jack Nitzsche and produced by Mick Jagger. The single failed to chart and she didn’t release another single for seven years. The B side of “Something Better” was “Sister Morphine” which she co-wrote but her name was excluded from the credits when “Sticky Fingers” was released.

Disc 1 Track 17 An Everyday Consumption Song by Spirogyra (1973) **

Barbara Gaskin was born in Hatfield and provided vocals for Canterbury based bands, Spirogyra and Hatfield And The North before joining forces with Dave Stewart for a Number One hit in 1981 with “It’s My Party”.

Disc 1 Track 18 The Milk Of The Tree by Polly Niles (1969) **

There are many interesting things about this song, which gives its title to the compilation. Polly Niles’ first husband was Ramblin’ Jack Eliot who was a huge influence on Bob Dylan when the future Nobel Prize winner first moved to New York. Her second husband was the producer David Niles, who was a pioneer in developing the commercial applications of High Definition TV. The music for the song was written by John Barry, who released it as an instrumental B side to “Goldfinger”. The words were added by Dorothy Wayne who had co-written Bobby Vee’s “The Night Has A Thousand Eyes”. Polly Niles recorded the song in London but only one song by her was ever contemporarily released (on a sampler). She later went on to star as Youngblood Prince’s girlfriend in “Superfly”, the film which was significantly soundtracked by Curtis Mayfield.

Disc 1 Track 19 Chelsea Girls by Nico (1967) *****

Nico was “discovered” in Berlin by photographer Herbert Tobias who called her Nico because he was in love with filmmaker Nikos Papatakis. Frederico Fellini gave her a small role in “La Dolce Vita”. After she moved to New York, she met Andy Warhol who presented her to The Velvet Underground as their new lead singer. Her debut album, “Chelsea Girl” was produced by Tom Wilson (who had produced three early Bob Dylan albums) and he added strings and a flute to her songs without her knowledge and to her displeasure. The whole album, to my ears, is fantastic and this is one of the best songs on it.

Disc 1 Track 20 Reverie For Roslyn by Mary-Anne (1970) *

Eddie Kassner, an Austrian born music executive signed Edinburgh born Mary-Anne Paterson to his President label and she released one album.


Disc 2 Track 1 Different Drum by Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt (1967) ***

The Stone Poneys achieved a good reputation in Los Angeles by playing the club circuit but when Capitol Records signed them, pressure was applied to Linda Ronstadt to abandon the rest of the group in order to pursue a solo career. She was the only member of the band to perform on this Mike Nesmith cover.

Disc 2 Track 2 Please (Mk II) by Eclection (1968) ***

Members of Eclection came from Norway, Canada, Australia and the U.K. Kerrilee Male abruptly left the band to return to Australia after their debut single, “Please”, was issued so the rest of the band hurriedly recruited the American singer, Dorris Henderson to cut a new version of the song.

Disc 2 Track 3 Five Of Us by Jade (1970) ***

Jade were known as Marian Segal with Silver Jade in the USA to avoid confusion with an existing band called Jade.

Disc 2 Track 4 Who Has Seen The Wind? by The Simon Sisters (1969) **

After “You’re So Vain” become a worldwide smash for Carly Simon in 1973, Columbia re-released an album she had made with her elder sister, Lucy, in 1969. The full name of the original album was “The Simon Sisters Sing The Lobster Quadrille And Other Songs For Children”

Disc 2 Track 5 Jesus Was A Cross Maker by Judee Sill (1971) *****

As a teenager, Judee Sill was sent to a reform school for nine months after her arrest for robbing liquor stores with a man (whose name is not known). After her release, her mother died and Judee Sill moved into the house of an LSD dealer. In 1966 she married a jazz pianist called Bob Harris (not that one!) and they quickly became heroin addicts. In order to support her habit, she resorted to sex work, scams and cheque forgery which resulted in her being sent to prison, at which time her brother died. On her release, she started composing songs and Graham Nash produced her first single, “Jesus Was A Cross Maker” which was written after the end of a dramatic affair with J.D. Souther. Judee Sill’s drug dependency resulted in her withdrawing from the music business after releasing just two albums and she died in 1979 from “acute cocaine intoxication”, aged only 35.

Disc 2 Track 6 January’s Snows by The Woods Band (1971) ***

Gay and Terry Woods were a married couple and members of the original Steeleye Span. Their eponymous album featured three instrumentals and made scarce use of Gay Woods’ distinctive voice.

Disc 2 Track 7 In My Loneliness by Trader Horne (1970) **

Judy Dyble sung on the first Fairport Convention album but left before its release. She joined King Crimson with her boyfriend, Ian MacDonald but left when they split and didn’t appear on “In The Court Of The Crimson King”. She then joined ex-Them member Jackie McAuley in Trader Horne but she quit the band, and the music business, in 1970, at the age of 20.

Disc 2 Track 8 Society’s Child (Baby I’ve Been Thinking) by Janis Ian (1966) ****

This is an astonishing song in many ways. It concerns an interracial romance which, in mid Sixties USA was a controversial subject. The girl sees the terrible way that her African American boyfriend is treated by her mother and the way that she, herself, is treated by her school friends. As a result, she ends the relationship. In 1965, Janis Ian was living in East Orange, New Jersey which was a predominantly non-white neighbourhood. She wrote the song, aged 14, while she was waiting to see her school counsellor. Shadow Morton, the producer of the teenage dramas recounted on The Shangri-Las singles, agreed to sign Janis Ian and release “Society’s Child” as her first single. Many disc jockeys refused to play the song and those that did were attacked with one Louisiana DJ allegedly murdered.

Disc 2 Track 9 I Was by Lily & Maria (1968) *

Lily Fiszman and Maria Neumann met as teenagers in Greenwich Village.

Disc 2 Track 10 Feeling High by Mellow Candle (1968) ****

Mellow Candle’s 1972 album is an obscure progressive folk album but when they had recorded “Feeling High”, in 1968, their sound had been more accessible. Simon Napier-Bell had signed the three Irish girls and arranged for a 22 piece orchestra and Cliff Richard’s vocal backing singers to provide a contemporary “Swinging London” sound.

Disc 2 Track 11 Tomorrow Come Someday by Tomorrow Come Someday (1970) ***

In 1968, two enthusiastic songwriters/amateur film makers called Peter Howell and John Ferdinando made a low budget film called “Tomorrow Come Sunday” which told the story of “blonde haired, mini skirted, guitar-strumming painter and singer Emma Stacey and a foppish male admirer taking it upon themselves to act as a village green preservation society” (according to David Wells’ excellent sleevenotes).

Disc 2 Track 12 My Silks And Fine Array by Julie Covington (1971) ****

Before Julie Covington achieved fame and success with “Rock Follies” and her original version of the “Elvira” hit, “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina”, she had been recording for ten years, often with Pete Atkin and Clive James. “My Silks And Fine Array” is a William Blake poem.

Disc 2 Track 13 Red Wine And Promises by Norma Waterson (1972) **

Lal and Mike Waterson’s 1972 album, “Bright Phoebus” is regarded by many artists (e.g. Billy Bragg, Richard Hawley, Arcade Fire), to be a major landmark release in the pantheon of British folk rock. Musicians on the album include Richard Thompson, Martin Carthy, Tim Hart, Maddy Prior, Ashley Hutchings, Dave Mattacks and Norma Waterson who contributes pure, refined vocals to Lal Waterson’s gloomy “Red Wine And Promises”

Disc 2 Track 14 Mr Fox by Mr Fox (1970) **

Bob Pegg and Carole Butler married in 1963 and became well regarded as curators of traditional music from The Yorkshire Dales. When they recorded their first album, they called themselves Mr. Fox which was also the title of the album and the title song. So this song is “Mr Fox” by Mr Fox from the album “Mr Fox”. The song was written by Dave Pegg and tells the tale of a serial killer being outwitted by a young woman. Two years after the release of the album, the couple split.

Disc 2 Track 15 The Dream Tree by Buffy Saint Marie (1969) ***

As a member of the scree Indian tribe, when Buffy Saint Marie heard folk singers from Greenwich Village sing Woody Guthrie’s song, “This Land Is Your Land”, she was offended. Despite being blacklisted and investigated by the FBI, she became a popular singer with the counter culture of the American West Coast and Donovan successfully covered her “Universal Soldier”.

Disc 2 Track 16 Munching The Candy by The Academy featuring Polly Perkins (1969) ****

Polly Perkins was openly lesbian at a time when homosexuality was illegal. Aged 15, she appeared naked on stage at The Windmill Theatre. She presented some early episodes of “Ready Steady Go”. She started in West End musicals, including “Salad Days”. She was the leading lady in numerous West End cabaret clubs. Many years later she played the part of Dot Cotton’s estranged half sister in “Eastenders”. She has described her time recording with The Academy as the best time of her life.

Disc 2 Track 17 Late November by Sandy Denny (1971) ****

When Fairport Convention’s your van crashed in 1969, their drummer Martin Lamble was killed along with Richard Thompson’s girlfriend, Jeannie Franklyn. Ashley Hutchings left the band, in shock, and moved into a house with Bob and Carole Pegg. Sandy Denny wrote “Late November” as a requiem for Martin Lamble. There’s no space here to do justice to England’s finest female vocalist. Suffice to say that Sandy Denny recorded some of the most heartbreaking, emotional, beautiful songs of all time during her short life.

Disc 2 Track 18 Tomorrow Your Sorrow by Hendrickson Road House (1970) *****

The eponymous album by this Californian band is one of the rarest albums ever released. Lead singer and songwriter Sue Eakins was a teenager when it was recorded.

Disc 2 Track 19 Mornings by Chuck & Mary Perrin (1969) ****

Brother and sister Chuck and Mary Perrin recorded “The Chuck And Mary Perrin Album” in six hours and only 500 copies were pressed.

Disc 2 Track 20 Mr Rubin by Lesley Duncan (1971) ***

Lesley Duncan was an an extraordinary songwriter and vocalist who released 20 singles between 1963 and 1979. Elton John recorded her song, “Love Song” as a duet with her on “Tumbleweed Connection”. She worked as a backing singer for Dusty Springfield between 1964 and 1972 and she also contributed vocals to “Dark Side Of The Moon”. In 1978, she married producer Tony Cox who had played with Spirogyra and The Bunch (featuring Sandy Denny) amongst many others. In 1996 they moved to The Isle Of Mull where she was known as a cheery gardener, rarely talking about her previous life in the spotlight. She died in 2010. “Mr. Rubin” is taken from her first album, “Sing Children Sing” on which she was backed by Chris Spedding, Elton John and Terry Cox (Pentangle), amongst others. The song is addressed to Jerry Rubin, the anti-war activist who later became a businessmen with the stated aim of giving capitalists a social conscience. In this incredible song, Lesley Duncan reminds him not to forget love. “The world has turned rotten so do what you must, but don’t forget love, Mr. Rubin”


Disc 3 Track 1 Come Into The Garden by Chimera (1970) **

Chimera were managed by Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, featured future Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Weston and their unreleased recordings were produced by Wil Malone who subsequently worked with Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, The Verve, Massive Attack and Depeche Mode.

Disc 3 Track 2 Early Morning Blues And Greens by Diane Hildebrand (1968) ***

The title track from Diane Hildebrand’s only album was also recorded by The Monkees. She also co-wrote the theme music for the American sitcom, “The Flying Nun”, a programme that, until now, I’ve never seen, but looks unmissable.

Disc 3 Track 3 Rainy Day by Susan Christie (1969) ****

Only three copies of “Paint A Lady”, Susan Christie’s only album, were ever pressed until a belated release in 2005.

Disc 3 Track 4 Autumn Lullaby by Bridget St. John (1969) ****

John Peel was a huge admirer of Bridget St. John and she was one of his first signings to his Dandelion label.

Disc 3 Track 5 Ballad (Of The Big Girl Now And A Mere Boy) by Principal Edward’s Magic Theatre (1969) ****

Vivienne McAuliffe was a founding member of PEMT and later replaced Linda Hoyle in Affinity. She later sung some of the lead vocals on Patrick Moraz’s first two solo albums (recorded while he was the keyboard player in Yes). She became a senior lecturer at The London College of Fashion and died in 1998, aged 50.

Disc 3 Track 6 Windy by Ruthann Friedman (1968) ****

When Signe Anderson left The Jefferson Airplane in 1966, the rest of the band considered asking Ruthann Friedman to join but opted for Grace Slick instead. She became friends with Van Dyke Parks and through his association with The Association’s producer, Curt Boetcher. They co-wrote two songs and The Association subsequently had a hit with her composition, “Windy”.

Disc 3 Track 7 The Lonely by Design (1971) **

Between 1968 and 1976, Design released five albums and 13 singles’ regularly appearing on light entertainment TV shows, including five appearances on The Morecambe And Wise Show.

Disc 3 Track 8 Mirage by Shelagh MacDonald (1970) ****

Shelagh MacDonald’s “Jesus Is Just Alright” appeared on Across The Great Divide. She recorded three albums but after a bad LSD trip she vanished in 1971. For over 40 years she lived a nomadic life in the highlands of Scotland, eventually living in tents. When her albums were re released in 2005, an article in the Scottish Daily Mail described her disappearance. When she saw this article, she turned up at the offices of the paper and explained her situation. A few years later, she started singing and recording again.

Disc 3 Track 9 Adern Llwyd (Sparrow) by Mary Hopkin (1969) ****

Mary Hopkin was recommended to Paul McCartney by Twiggy, who had seen her on “Opportunity Knocks”. After her huge hit “Those Were The Days”, Paul McCartney wrote the follow up, “Goodbye”, and Gallagher and Lyle wrote the B side, “Sparrow”. Mary Hopkin liked the song so much that she recorded a Welsh language version.

Disc 3 Track 10 Love Song by Vashti Bunyan (1966) **

Vashti Bunyan was born in Newcastle and travelled to Greenwich Village in 1963, which inspired her to become a folk singer. On her return to London, she was “discovered” by Andrew Loog Oldham. Peter Snell (who would go on to produce “The Wicker Man”) produced her first two singles – “Love Song” was the B side of her second single, “Train Song”. She recorded one album, “Just Another Diamond Day” which was produced by Joe Boyd and released in 1970. Disappointed by its failure, she left the music business for 30 years before its release regenerated interest in her work.

Disc 3 Track 11 Winter’s Going by Bonnie Dobson (1969) ***

Bonnie Dobson wrote “Morning Dew” and has always queried Tim Rose’s claim to have co-written.

Disc 3 Track 12 Sandman’s Song by Anne Briggs (1971) ****

Anne Briggs was always a free spirit and after a relationship with Bert Jansch, she withdrew from the music scene to live in a caravan.

Disc 3 Track 13 When Will I Be Loved by The Bunch (1972) ****

After leaving Fotheringay, Trevor Lucas put together a group of friends to record one album, “Rock On”. These friends included his girlfriend, Sandy Denny, and Linda Peters, before she married Richard Thompson.

Disc 3 Track 14 The Lady And The Well by Carolanne Pegg (1973) ***

After Mr. Fox collapsed, Carole Pegg split from Bob Pegg and renamed herself Carolanne Pegg. “The Lady And The Well” was inspired by her ability to see ghosts.

Disc 3 Track 15 Think Of Rain by Margo Guryan (1968) ***

In early 1968, Spanky And Our Gang had a hit with a Margo Guryan song, “Sunday Mornin'”.

Disc 3 Track 16 Story Of Our Time/Beneath This Sky by Ithaca (1973) **

After the adventurous “Tomorrow Come Someday” film, Peter Howell and John Ferdinando recruited Lee Menelaus to sing on two albums, one credited to Agincourt and another to Ithaca.

Disc 3 Track 17 Murdoch by Trees (1971) *****

David Wells compiled this box set and wrote the sleeve notes. He writes that Celia Humphris’ “double tracked vocal on the mysterious ‘Murdoch’ stands as one of the great moments in British folk-rock history“.

Disc 3 Track 18 Banquet On The Water by The Sallyangie (1968) ****

Sallyangie consisted of Sally Oldfield and her 15 year old brother Mike.

Disc 3 Track 19 Pass The Night by Emily Muff (1972) *****

Members of the group Family suggested that Kathy Bushnell and Janet Dourif should call themselves Emily Muff. They sang backing vocals for Mighty Baby, appeared a couple of times on TV and made their final appearance in 1971, supporting Quintessence at The Royal Albert Hall.

Disc 3 Track 20 Morgan The Pirate by Mimi Farina (1968)

Mimi Farina was the younger sister of Joan Baez. She made two albums with her husband, Richard, before he died in a motorbike accident in 1966. “Morgan The Pirate” was written by Richard Farina and recorded by Mimi Farina after her husband’s death. The lyrics are a savage criticism of Bob Dylan.

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