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Thread #173263   Message #4201493
Posted By: GUEST,BlackAcornUK
24-Apr-24 - 04:53 AM
Thread Name: The Valley Folk - memories, details
Subject: The Valley Folk - memories, details
Really interested in any info people may have on The Valley Folk, who recorded one LP for Topic, 1968's brilliantly austere 'All Bells in Paradise'.

With the subtitle 'Carols for All Seasons' and sleeve notes by A.L. Lloyd, it feels like a mysterious, elusive companion-piece to 'Frost Fire'.

The group consisted of Jean and Elaine Carruthers, John Dickinson and Stephen Heap - I believe they were formed in Bury, Greater Manchester but I don't know if that's where they all hailed from originally.

Are any of the members still active in the folk realm?

Did they ever record/release anything else as a group? Discogs only lists the one LP - someone once told me they released a further LP for Acorn, but I've never been able to find details of that, nor any compilation tracks etc. Did (or, do!) any of the members continue to perform or record solo or in other configurations?

Does anyone have any memories of their presence in the scene, back in the day?