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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Olde Musick
  • ASIN: B000KGGGSY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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BACKGROUND

The Halliard began as a semi-professional group that emerged from Chelmsford Folk Club around 1962, consisting of Dave Moran (vocals), Nigel Paterson (mandolin and recorder) and Geoff Harris (guitar and vocals). In 1965 Dave and Nigel wanted to turn fully professional, but Geoff (having a good day job) declined. Nigel then recommended a friend of his — a lifeguard at the local pool but a good guitarist — as the replacement.

That lifeguard was Nic Jones.

The Halliard toured for three years, before getting fed up with it and breaking up. Nigel became a music teacher, Dave went into youth work (and subsequently emigrated to Tasmania), and Nic of course — after some hesitation due to lack of confidence — went on to become what many regard as the greatest British folk musician of all time, before his career was cut short by a dreadful car accident in 1982.

THE RECORDINGS

The bulk of Halliard's material was broadside ballads, to many of which they wrote their own tunes. However, they couldn't interest the record company, which wanted a record of Irish songs. They bowed to the inevitable, and recorded It's The Irish In Me. They were also allowed to record a demo of their broadsides, and were given a copy of the master tape. That tape, lost for years, later became the basis of this album.

(In 1968 the Halliard shared an album with Jon Raven ('The Halliard & Jon Raven', Broadside BRO 106), and their contribution to that became the basis of Broadside Songs.
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Mine (together with their other CD) arrived with a courteous hand-written note from the Jonses that I will value. This is a good reminder of Noc Jones's group of the early '60s folk revival but lacks the excitement of their live performances.
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