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Tricks Upon Travellers

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Tricks Upon Travellers, or TUT as they were fondly known, was formed in Brighton by good friends Dick Langford and Graeme Hobbs in 1984. They’d previously played bands together and TUT seemed to be the natural next step to provide a platform for Graeme’s Iggy Pop/John Lydon like personality, and Dick’s vibrant sound writing style. Joining them later, from 1985, on bass were Mike Skinner, Martin Sharpe on guitar, drummer Dulles Foster, fiddle player David Favis-Mortlock, and flutist/whistle and sax player Jules Lawrence. TUT picked up a good crowd playing the circuit on the south coast of England and gained a reputation as being one of THE top Folk Rock bands in the country. During this period, the band release a 3 track cassette called “Bed Heaven” (which contained Bed Heaven, Blame and Circus Maximus) and their first CD release, strangely named “Cilla Taped”.

Mark ‘madfiddler’ Knight picked up the violin after a three year break and joined the band in 1994, replacing Mortlock. Early in ‘95 Martin left so TUT went down to having a single guitarist in the band. During the latter half of that year they recorded “The Last Fish Supper”, which was released in ‘96. Whilst this kept the familiar Folk Rock sound the band were known for, there was also a hint of where the band were moving towards in the track “Porton Down” where the violin takes an very unfolk rock (and slightly out of tune) distorted solo…

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