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Posted By: Tony Rees
03-May-19 - 03:44 AM
Thread Name: Albion Country Band 1973
Subject: Albion Country Band 1973 - audience tapes?
Hi all,

As noted in another thread, I am reading Brian Hinton & Geoff Wall's authorised biography of Ashley Hutchings (vol 1) "The Guv'nor and the Rise of Folk Rock" (2002) and am re-acquainting myself with their chapter on the various incarnations of the Albion Country Band, and have got to Albions Mk 3 - the lineup with Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick and Sue Harris as well as Hutchings/Nicol/Swallow, which went on to make one album "Battle of The Field" before splitting up and never promoting it (Island finally put the album out on its cheap label in 1976).

The authors describe several gigs of this lineup in detail so I am presuming that some live recordings exist, although I have only heard one (Enchede in Holland, June 1973, which is/was available on Dime) plus another tape that I have myself of the band at the Norwich Folk Festival around ten days later.

So my question is, do tapes of any of the following exist, and if so, how can one hear them? The gigs in question seem to be:

- Harrow Polytechnic, ?March 1973

- "Northern Polytechnic" (is this North London Poly?), April 1973

- [BBC session, 9 May 1973 - this one has been issued]

- Royal Festival Hall, May 1973

-[Enchede in Holland, June 1973 - tracks available via Dime]

- Norwich Folk Festival, June 1973 - I have a tape; a mysterious other is documented at, could be a copy of mine but appears to be different

- [later 1973: sessions for "Battle of the Field" album - released 1976; one additional track later released on "The Guv'nor Volume 3"]

Around August 1973: band splits up...

So any more info gratefully received!

Regards - Tony Rees, Australia (just trying to get my fix of Albions in this incarnation).