Jack the Lad
was a folk rock
or electric folk
group from North East England
formed in 1973 by three former members of the most successful band of the period from the region Lindisfarne
. They moved from the progressive folk rock of Lindisfarne into much more traditional territory and were in the mid-1970s something of a northern counterpart to bands like Fairport Convention
. They have also been seen as part of an important roots movement, rediscovering traditional Northumbrian
After two highly successful albums, Lindisfarne’s third Dingly Dell
(1972) was a commercial and critical failure and the band split with main song-writer Alan Hull
going off to perform solo projects and eventually reforming Lindisfarne with a new line up later that year. The remaining members: Rod Clements
(bass, violin, guitar, vocals), Simon Cowe (guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals), and Ray Laidlaw (drums) formed Jack the Lad with former Lindisfarne member Billy Mitchell (guitar, banjo, vocals)., All Music
, retrieved 4 February 2009.
They had originally thought of calling themselves the Corvettes, but decided it would make them sound too much like a rock 'n' roll
revival outfit, and instead took their name from a phrase that Status Quo
had used when they and Lindisfarne were touring Australia
together earlier that year. The phrase "Jack......