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Fiddler's Dram


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Fiddler’s Dram were a British folk band of the late 1970s. They are mainly known for their hit single Day Trip to Bangor (1979), although the sound of this record was not representative of the acoustic songs and tunes they had been performing for several years at folk clubs and festivals.

The members of Fiddler’s Dram were:

Cathy Lesurf - vocals, bodhran
Alan Prosser - guitar, fiddle, bowed psaltery, bones
Chris Taylor - bouzouki, harmonica, appalachian dulcimer, mandola, tenor banjo
Ian Telfer - fiddle, bowed psaltery, viola

Will Ward - Bassoon, Crumhorn
Dave Arbus, violinist with East of Eden, was a founder member but left before the band achieved success.[1]
They met at the University of Kent at Canterbury and were residents at Duke’s Folk Club in Whitstable. With other club members including John Jones and Ian Kearey, they formed the Oyster Ceilidh Band c.1976, with Cathy Lesurf singing and later assuming the role of caller at dances.

Bassoon-player Will Ward had joined the Oyster Ceilidh Band by 1978, and became the fifth member of Fiddler’s Dram on their eponymous second LP, recorded hurriedly to follow up on their unexpected success in the singles chart. The band were unable to achieve subsequent success however - in the words of Ian Telfer Day Trip To Bangor was “the kind of success you don’t easily recover from. Fiddler’s Dram did one more tour then gratefully took the money (and the gold discs) and ran”.


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  • KingFahtah

    The rest of the album is decent. Trust me

    11 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    Love the quote: "Day Trip To Bangor was the kind of success you don’t easily recover from"

    6 Sep 2010 Reply
  • topl

    A beautiful day and we had lunch on the way all for under a pound you know

    15 Apr 2010 Reply
  • mekydro

    I liked 'Day trip to Bangor', shame they were a one-hit wonder

    8 Apr 2010 Reply
  • sheep333

    What a piss-poor band.

    20 Sep 2009 Reply
  • ricky_rice

    Elsie got sick : (

    5 Sep 2008 Reply