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Home Service was a British folk rock or electric folk band, formed in late 1980 from a nucleus of musicians who had been playing in Ashley Hutchings’ Albion Band. Their short career is generally agreed to have peaked with the album Alright Jack, which is usually considered one of the finest products of the electric folk genre and has been highly influential on later work. Several members of the band, including most obviously John Tams, have gone on to very successful solo careers and to take part in other significant projects.

The original line-up was:
John Tams (vocals, melodeon),
Bill Caddick (vocals, guitar, dobro),
Graeme Taylor (vocals, guitar),
Michael Gregory (drums),
Roger Williams (trombone, tuba),
Howard Evans (trumpet),
Colin Rae (trumpet) and
Malcolm Bennet (bass).

The large group was somewhat unwieldy and complicated by other projects, including the fact that both Evans and Williams were also members of Brass Monkey. Rae soon left and the remaining members initially chose the name ‘The First Eleven’ and then switched to ‘Home Service’, which had both associations of Britishness/Englishness and of a bygone world in the defunct BBC Home Service radio station.

2012 - they won Best Live Act at the BBC Folk Awards.

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