About time we had some bits 'n' pieces from Uncle Mick. And in case anybody asks, they're from my collection apart from the two scans which are on my hard drive.
A couple of European 7" vinyl cover scans courtesy of Mark C.
Not many Blodwyn Pig boots around but here are a couple:
And finally a limited edition cassette from 1989 (apparently there were only 50 copies). Sad to relate that this is only a photocopy It was issued prior to MA trying to get a recording contract and the tracks are "in concert" recordings.
This item is about as rare as they get. It is circa 1970 and promotional only in VERY limited issue. For those unaware, Blodwyn Pig is Mick Abraham's incredible post Jethro Tull band; he was Tull's guitarist on only the first album in 1968 (pre Martin Barre). This may well be your only opportunity to own this medal. It measures 1 3/16" across the heavy metal medallion itself; it is about 2 7/8" long including the red, white, and blue ribbon. T is a brass pin secured on the top reverse of the ribbon. The ribbon and medal itself are both in pristine condition. The front of the medallion features the Blodwyn Pig logo: a pig head with shades, headphones, nose ring, and a cigarette hanging from his lips. The back states boldly: Blodwyn Pig, with the A&M logo underneath. This is no cheap imitation, it is the real deal and you will not likely ever see another. What a fabulous gift for your favorite fan...you. "
Gary Wright Extraction (Apr 71, A&M) This was his first solo album, after having left Spooky Tooth. Recorded with Mick Abrahams (guitar), Hugh McCracken (guitar), Trevor Burton (bass), Klaus Voormann (bass), Mike Kellie (drums), Alan White (drums), Madeline Bell & Doris Troy (backing vocals).
Following a few fallow years when Mick Abrahams utilised his guitar skills demonstrating Yamaha guitars and doubling up as a financial consultant in Milton Keynes, he was persuaded by the A New Day editorial staff to perhaps come out of retirement and reform "The Pig".
So on a cold January in 1989 some of us presented ourselves at the Cosgrove Lodge in Dunstable where Mick and his cohorts performed what only can be described as a blistering set which should have announced that "The Pig" was back.
Unfortunately nobody had told the music press.
What followed over the next few years was a succession of "Pig" gigs which I had the great pleasure to attend as around that time I was made redundant and found the excuse of visiting such wonderful and exotic places such as Aldershot and Woolwich as looking for some sort of gainful employment.
(You know the problem: Owner of company retires after running it successfully for 30 years > passes it over to his two sons > two sons employ consultants > two sons f**k of to play golf all day > consultants asset strip the company without son's knowledge > consultant looking after the pension fund is found to be a crook and goes to prison and our pension fund is "up the swanny" and we never see it again > company is forced into liquidation owing thousands of £s to the inland revenue, etc etc)
The Half Moon in Putney, frequented for concert purposes by both Blodwyn Pig and Fairport Convention through the years along with most of the top acts down the ages. They sell a mean pint of ale as well
18 February 1990 The Woughton Leisure Centre Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire, England
This was the venue where Adrian Tyte, Mark & Kevin Collins, Graham Smith and myself went to see Mick Abrahams play and speaking with Mick after the show decided to hold the second UK Tull Convention at the venue with the full co-operation and encouragement of the Woughton Centre management.
This was fully endorsed by Mick (as he lived just around the corner ) and so in September we all convened to the Woughton for the 1990 Convention.
futureshock: "Macropod". That sounds like the ultimate. "Hello, my name is J.P.Carruthers, Macropod, Intended At Large. My podcast is in Wales. I play the glass harmonica in 7 languages and edit outgoing Sumerian braille. Please leave a message."
Jan 29, 2019 4:27:34 GMT
maddogfagin: Macropod sounds like an overlarge ipod, as opposed to a minipod used by small furry animals.
Jan 29, 2019 7:53:50 GMT
steelmonkey: I am seeing the great Richard Thompson tonight at a stand up venue, the Venerable Fillmore in SF. The gig should be fun... I should be strong.
Feb 1, 2019 18:00:29 GMT
nonrabbit: I'll be thinking of you.....Beeswing!! Hope he sings it twice. Enjoy BerniE
Feb 1, 2019 18:40:33 GMT
futureshock: Ages ago, I saw Mr. Thompson at the Vancouver Folk Fest, but I worked fence security and was far away, couldn't hear much. Just being there was amazing though, near the musicians all weekend, saw amazing things. Live music is BEST!
Feb 2, 2019 21:08:59 GMT
steelmonkey: 'Tragic busy at work but celebrating 44th anniversary of best Tull show ever: Feb. 5, 1975 in El Paso,Texas, one of two gigs inserted in between the famous, 5 night run in LA. Listened to War Child and think 'Two Fingers is better than 'Lick Fingers'.
Feb 5, 2019 20:34:31 GMT
maddogfagin: War Child is a great album, criminally underrated in the music press but loved by the vast majority of fans.
Feb 15, 2019 7:58:43 GMT
ash: I really like War Child. Skating Away plays every time I boot my PC
Feb 17, 2019 14:16:49 GMT
maddogfagin: Look how we balance the world on the tips of our noses, like Sealions with a ball at the carnival.
Feb 20, 2019 16:15:42 GMT
botanicman: Clever Cecil....
Feb 24, 2019 3:40:56 GMT
maddogfagin: The same performance, in the same old way; it's the same old story to this Passion Play.
Feb 24, 2019 7:49:12 GMT
ash: Christmas!! Ripon Cathedral and Wells Cathedral
Feb 24, 2019 10:20:41 GMT
JTull 007: Well done Ash !!! Friday 13 December 2019 Jethro Tull Wells Cathedral, Wells, UK
Feb 24, 2019 14:41:53 GMT