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The Moths

razorblue Stage Sat 6pm

We formed The Moths in April 1970 whilst we were second year undergraduates at Hull University. In this line-up we did about nine gigs over the next few months, including support for John Martyn and an open-air event in Hull East Park , supporting Wishbone Ash.

The original five-piece line-up were offered some recording time in the studio at Hull University 's theatre building and made a demo tape there on 23 June 1970. We recorded two of John Ellis's songs, plus others by Bert Jansch, Bob Dylan, Tim Buckley, David Ackles.

The sound is generally described as laid back and mellow.

John Beazer, our percussionist, sent the tape to Deroy Sound Service of Carnforth, Lancashire , which transferred it to vinyl. We thought that was the end of the story – but no….

In 1994 a CD version of the album, re-released by Kissing Spell, was spotted by a friend in Virgin’s Oxford Street store: it had been found at a car boot sale. John Ellis managed to contact each of us, and we met for a weekend in three remote cottages in Cumbria in November 2009.

Since then after another weekend together in June 2010 we worked on a dozen original songs and also spent another weekend in a recording studio in York in April 2012 producing an album of new self penned songs. The original album was re-released in 2014 in vinyl by Guerssen Reords and John Ellis’ track, “Halfdan’s Daughter” was included on Cherry Red’s 2015 three cd compilation “Dust on the Nettles – a Journey Through Psychedelic Folk 1967-72”

Recently we have played at The Royal Oak in Wetton and The Dionysus Festival in Derby.

The Moths are:

John Beazer: percussion
Neil Cawley: flute
John Dunn: bass and vocals
John Ellis: acoustic guitar and vocals
Mike Jones: acoustic and electric guitars and vocals

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