Label: Smithsonian Folkways - SF 40010 • Format: Vinyl LP, Reissue, Compilation • Country: US • Genre: Folk, World, & Country •
Fiddler's Dram were a British folk band of the late s. They are mainly known for their hit single" Day Trip to Bangor Didn't We Have a Lovely Time " and again inalthough 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.
Dave Arbus, violinist with East of Edenwas a founder member but left long before the band achieved success. The full-time members of the band were drawn from a group of musicians at the University of Kent at Canterbury and members of Duke's Folk Club in Whitstable. Jamming sessions in a Canterbury squat often took place with additional club members given the opportunity to take part in these sessions and sometimes at local performances.
The band had an enthusiastic local following and played regularly at local clubs and bars in and around the Canterbury area, with the open nature of the band's ever-changing part-time line-up contributing to the band's popularity. With other various club members, including John Jones and Ian Kearey, the full-time members of the band formed the Oyster Ceilidh Band in aboutwith Cathy Lesurf singing and later assuming the role of caller at dances.
Dingles' David Foister suggested that this track be released as a single. It was re-recorded at a faster tempo than on the original LP, and with the acoustic instruments augmented by other instruments including bass guitar, synthesiser and drums.
It has been claimed that "Day Trip To Bangor" was actually inspired by a day trip to Rhyl a seaside resort 35 miles east of BangorNorth Walesbut Various - Jazzin With The Soul Brothers Bangor had an extra syllable and slipped off the tongue more easily, it was used instead of Rhyl.
This caused an outcry from councillors and businesses in Rhyl who complained that the publicity would have boosted the resort's tourist economy. She said "I was so ignorant at the time that I didn't know that any other Bangor existed, so it was categorically this Bangor, and it was Bangor because it scanned and for no other reason than Fiddlers Dram - Leadbelly - Sings Folk Songs. And it was the only Fiddlers Dram - Leadbelly - Sings Folk Songs I knew along the north Wales coast.
The single reached number 3 in the UK Singles Chart in Decemberhaving been released the previous month, and is now available via iTunes. A version of the song, with altered lyrics, was used the following year in a TV commercial for Anchor butter. Fiddlers Dram - Leadbelly - Sings Folk Songs 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". The Oyster Ceilidh Band continued as both a dance and concert band however, changing their name around to The Oyster Band and later to just Oysterband. Cathy Lesurf subsequently left the Oysters for a spell with the Albion Band.
In Lesurf released a Christmas single called "Christmas Time". She said she Porterville - Creedence Clearwater Revival - Suzie Q it would be a hit so it would be a "companion" for "Day Trip to Bangor". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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