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Subject: Whatever Happened to Dunedain?|
Date: 04 Dec 09 - 06:01 PM
"Whatever happened to the Dundedain?" was a question raised in another thread. Formed as an ad hoc group in '66, it didn't become a serious activity until early '69 and we went our various ways on 7th October 1972, our final farewell performance at the Fighting Cocks.
John Rodd, Mike Huxley and his to be wife Hermionne formed Antic Hey, doing far more "music" and John went on to scale new heights with the Albion Dance Band, and various albums.
Nigel Hall and myself performed sporadically as Toad, but in '76 I moved to Belgium, which pretty much put an end to any serious folk music on my side. We reformed for a one off gig in 1996 to mark 25 years (more or less), which we did in Whitby.
Mike Huxley died last year, and as part of the grieving process we decided to put together an archive of the group. It is in place in the form of a wiki, to which anyone can contribute, and later I hope to put it up as full site. We were
I occasionally meet up with Nigel, and John, but not as threesome. The last couple of times we sang a few songs, it didn't sound bad, but our hearing is going too!
Link to wiki - http://dunedain.wik.is/
Subject: RE: Whatever Happened to Dunedain?|
Date: 05 Dec 09 - 11:12 AM
That was me, I suspect. I recall the group from my time in Kingston 1971-74, although I was only very marginally involved in folk music then. However, being much more deeply involved in science fiction/fantasy fandom, I didn't need telling who the Dunedain were. Probably why the name has stuck in my mind.
My daughter has adopted Edain as her logon id, here and elsewhere, but I can't trace that to the group's influence.
I was talking to Martin Wyndham Read at the Clarence on Wednesday, telling him I'd first seen him at Kingston in the early 70s. He remembered the Fighting Cocks, and Arthur Knivett, so that will be where I saw the group. I only paid a few visits, and a couple more to Surbiton, which rather lacked atmosphere and welcome.
Subject: RE: Whatever Happened to Dunedain?|
Date: 06 Dec 09 - 07:54 AM
The Cocks will always play a big part in my folk memories, being such a great singing club producing a lot of dedicated performers, Rod Stradling (Oak), Arthur Knevett, Pete Wood, Paddy Marchant, and indeed our own John Rodd.
John Dawes and Bert Bennet who took over the club when the Stradlings moved away. They were from an earlier part of the folk revival, with stronger links to the socialist traditions, but just as dedicated, putting on folk theatre productions from time to time.
We were thinking of doing a memorial reunion gig for Mike, and John visited the Cocks to see if it would be a suitable venue. It still does live stuff, but you are more likely to find standup, rap, or thrash in a garish environment, not quite the venue it was, so the idea was dropped.
I do remember seeing Martin down there.