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sbj54

Legends of Folk

Does anyone please have any information about Ray Jackson and Legends of Folk, e.g. whose idea the project was, when they came together, when they called it a day, and so on?  I know who was in the line-up, have seen the CD and track listing on Amazon and the clips on YouTube, but there seems to be pretty well nothing else about them online, and the reference on Wikipedia cites as its source a website which is now a dead link.  Thanks!
Mr Inbetween

I can't swear to this, but I think it was Jerry Donahue's idea, possibly as a vehicle for his daughter to perform. Jerry and Doug had already worked together, as a duo under those names and as The Backroom Boys. The first album was credited to the pair and to The Backroom Boys & Girls. Rick Kemp was one of the backroom. Songs from this album and the subsequent one made it into The Gathering's set list, and some onto their album. [The Gathering of the Legends of Folk Rock was too unwieldy so was shortened].

I don't know how the others, including Ray Jackson, were recruited. However, a six-piece band where one member lives full time in California, another part time there, and another in Denmark, proved difficult. It slimmed down to a three piece of Doug, Jerry and Ray (Denmark, California/Preston, Oxfordshire) - The Acoustic Gathering - until Ray started up his edition of Lindisfarne. The three-piece was put on hold, and retains the potential for re-emergence.

There's a bit of background on Doug's website (it can be a bit temperamental).
http://www.dougmorter.com/
sbj54

Legends of Folk

Many thanks Mr I, I was certainly not familiar with 90% of that.  Off to check the website now.
Bob

I've booked the lads (as a trio) a few times, but as Mr Inbetween says, Ray Jackson was involved with Lindisfarne for a couple of years and that ended that particular venture.  Always very a professional trio, and always gave a great night of wonderful music, and story telling. Very special nights actually.

From what I understand Ray has now hung up his mandolin and harmonica as far as professional appearances go, though you never know... that could change at some point... hopefully.

As it happens I'll be promoting a gig with my chums Jerry Donahue and Doug Morter on Sun 2nd October. If anyone fancies a trip to Dolgellau in mid Wales around that time - give me a shout!
sbj54

Thanks Bob.  I gathered from Ray's interviews and contributions elsewhere on the Lindisfarne website that he has probably put his instruments away as far as professional appearances are concerned, though yes you never know.
Mick

I had the pleasure of seeing the full 6 piece line up in Cardiff St David's Hall and the 3 piece line up at one of Bob's promoted concerts. Excellent entertainment, but the full band possibly were booked into venues that were too large - St David's Hall has a capacity of 2,000 but there only a few hundred there.
sbj54

Legends of Folk

Thanks for this Mick.  Was the 3-piece the trio including Ray, and was it recently or prior to his reforming Lindisfarne in 2013?  I'm assuming he has more or less retired from public performances but could be wrong.
Derek

Re: Legends of Folk

sbj54 wrote:
Thanks for this Mick.  Was the 3-piece the trio including Ray, and was it recently or prior to his reforming Lindisfarne in 2013?  I'm assuming he has more or less retired from public performances but could be wrong.


The 3-piece including  Ray was prior to his reforming Lindisfarne. Here's some video snippets I filmed in August 2011 at Pickering.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIPXdTlRIv8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWtq2_pDvpE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djOjw2ipihk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19Qlt8tKbAM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8hKY8J7HHs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBNvPNNnfVk
Mick

As Derek says, the 3 piece did include Ray and it was before the reforming of Lindisfarne. In fact, Ray was obviously the front man, although Doug and Jerry are great musicians in their own right.
sbj54

Thanks for these links Derek.
JohnG

I agree with Mick that Ray had the role of front man. The gigs I went to were mostly Lindisfarne fans in the crowd and their songs were most eagerly anticipated and applauded. That takes nothing away from the songs of Doug who has some crackers in his repertoire or the mainly instrumentals by Jerry. The Fairport website at the time urged Fairporters to check out Jerry's new band.
I further agree with Mick that some of the venues were booked over-optimistically. The Orchard in Dartford had a sparse crowd which would probably have filled the nearby Mick Jagger Centre. When we saw them at Martletts Hall in Burgess Hill, the gig was sold out with a capacity of around 200. The band were clearly more comfortable in front of a packed house.
I did enjoy their performances and it was great to see Ray Jackson back on stage.
Mr Inbetween

I've just seen a message elsewhere to say that Jerry Donahue has suffered a stroke. I wish him a full and speedy recovery.
Mick

I saw that, too. Hope he's ok
Mick

Latest news on Jerry Donahue is that, after initially seeming to be on the road to recovery, he's now taken a turn for the worse. Hope he gets through this.

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