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Bill Caddick


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Bill Caddick (born William Caddick, 27 June 1944, Hurst Hill, Wolverhampton) is an English folk singer-songwriter and guitarist.

Bill Caddick started singing in the early 60s. He regularly organised and appeared in festivals and folk clubs until 1973 when he joined the innovative puppet and street theatre group Magic Lantern. He left in 1975 to concentrate on solo performing and writing - releasing two albums “Rough Music” and “Sunny Memories”. The latter, a reflection on Edwardian Life was re-written as a show and premiered at the Roundhouse in London followed by an extensive tour.

In 1977 he joined the Albion band in the National Theatre productions of ‘Larkrise’ and ‘The Passion’. A further solo album ‘Reasons…’ was released in 1979. He then formed an occasional trio with Peter Bond and Tim Laycock, collaborating on the show and album ‘A Duck on his Head’ about circus life, as well writing songs for local radio and Granada TV - for whom he also wrote and performed music for a film on the Tolpuddle Martyrs.

Bill was a founder member of the legendary folk-rock band ‘The Home Service’, whose first album has been re-released on CD along with a CD of live material. He continued to work at the National Theatre, writing and appearing in : ‘Don Quixote’ ‘A Country Calendar’ ‘The Passion’ ‘The Nativity’ ‘Doomsday’ ‘The Mysteries’ - the award winning trilogy performed at the National, West End, TV and throughout Europe.

Bill left The Home Service in 1985 and released a new solo album ’ The Wild West Show’

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