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The Woods Band

The Woods Band: The Woods Band (Edsel EDCD 687)

The Woods Band

Greenwich Records GSLP 1004 (LP, UK, 1971)
Rockburgh Records CREST 29 (LP, UK, 1977)
Rockburgh Records CREST 29 (CD, UK, 1998 or earlier; probably a bootleg)
Edsel Records EDCD 687 (CD, UK, April 2001)

The Woods Band: The Woods Band (Rockburgh CREST 29)

Engineer: Robin Black;
Produced by Tony Reeves

The sleeve notes of the CD reissue say: The Woods Band was reissued on vinyl, on the Mooncrest imprint Rockborough, in 1977, boasting an alternative cover design—a mid seventies shot of Gay and Terry outside [Johnny] Moynihan’s cottage—and a rearranged running order.


Terry Woods: mandola, concertina, acoustic, electric & bass guitars, vocals;
Gay Woods: concertina, autoharp, dulcimer, bodhrán, vocals;
Ed Deane: electric, acoustic, slide & bass guitars, harpsichord;
Pat Nash: drums, vocals

Thanks to:
Tony Reeves: bass guitar [1, 8];
Austin Corcoran: acoustic guitar [2], bass guitar [6-7];
John Ryan: organ [4, 6], piano [7-8]


Side 1

  1. Noisey Johnny (2.35)
  2. Dreams (4.12)
  3. January Snows (4.21)
  4. Lament & Jig (incl. Valencia Lament and Apples in Winter) (5.33)

Side 2

  1. Over the Bar (incl. Road to Athy) (3.35)
  2. As I Roved Out (Roud 3479; G/D 6:1165) (5.00)
  3. Promises (5.17)
  4. Everytime (5.39)

Tracks 1-2, 8 Terry Woods;
Tracks 3-4, 6 trad. arr. Woods Band;
Track 5 Terry Woods, Gay Woods, Ed Deane;
Track 7 Terry Woods, Gay Woods

Sleeve Notes

The Woods Band Terry Woods could with some justice claim to be one of the founding fathers of electric folk in Britain. In the late sixties he was involved with two of the earliest groups from the folk world to plug in. Sweeney’s Men was formed with fellow Irish musicians Andy Irvine and Johnny Moynihan and for a short time included Henry McCullough (later of the Grease Band and Wings) on guitar. Terry still recalls the consternation they caused at the 1968 Cambridge Folk Festival. The next year the idea of an electric band playing folk songs took another step forward when Terry was playing football on Hampstead Heath with Ashley Hutchings, who’d just left Fairport Convention. The result was Steeleye Span in which Terry was joined by his wife Gay and another duo, Tim Hart and Maddy Prior. That first Steeleye Span line-up lasted only a few months, long enough to cut the Hark! The Village Wait album before the Woods struck out on their own to form the Woods Band. The band appeared predominantly in Europe and recorded this one album.