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Geoff Twigg and Brian Rodgers first met in Frank Terenzi’s music shop in Maidstone, Kent. in September 1973. There was instant musical rapport, and they did their first gig together a mere 7 days later. Both had been musically active in the area for years: Geoff had played in a teenage band called Wyndrush, and in a duo with Penny Connor, and was a member of the Concord Singers, a Kent-based choir; Brian, meanwhile, had been a member of a folk-rock outfit (name long forgotten) , and worked with another band, Bacchus, and as a solo folkie. Geoff’s main influences were Lennon and McCartney, Paul Simon, Melanie, Judy Collins. Joni Mitchell, and others in the singer-songwriter vein, underpinned by a keen interest in the classical guitar repertoire by contrast. Brian’s enthusiasm was for the current British folk scene - Ralph McTell, Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Steeleye Span. Tir Na Nog, John Renbourn. John James, and others. The cross-fertilization between their separate enthusiasms and previous musical experience goes a long way toward explaining the uniquely distinctive blend to be heard on AMALGAM.

JUST OTHERS worked in most of the folk venues around the southeast of England, and secured a residency at the Faversham Folk Club. Keen for wider acclaim. they entered the annual Melody Maker contest, but, in Brian’s words, “played abysmally, go nowhere”. AMALGAM was recorded, making the utmost of the most basic equipment. in the spring and summer of 1974. Just 250 copies were pressed (500 were ordered. but the pressing plant was in financial difficulties) , and the record was sold only at gigs.

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