Dando Shaft 2

£28.85

Vinyl LP pressing.

Dando Shaft ‘Carrousel’ A sophomore set from 1971 continued to build on the reputation established by their excellent debut, and now the arrival of female singer Polly Bolton added another textural dimension, as heard most clearly on the soaring ‘Riverboat,’ the absence of drums throughout allowing us to fully appreciate the players’ excellent musicianship, with Martin Jenkins’ masterful mandolin, flute and fiddle drawing the sound to higher realms. As it was issued on RCA’s prog sub-label Neon, which folded soon after it’s release, the LP is as rare as it is excellent-another must-have for fans of progressive folk and psychedelic folk rock.

Description

In the late 60s and early 70s there was a band called Dando Shaft. They were part of the British folk rock scene, along with bands like the Incredible String Band, Pentangle, and Fairport Convention. Though nowadays they’re less remembered than some of those luminaries, it wasn’t for lack of quality material or playing. In fact, multi-instrumentalist Martin Jenkins had a celebrated sideman career post-Dando and was a major contributor to Bert Jansch’s landmark Avocet, re-released earlier this year.

Until recently, I only had a passing acquaintance with Dando Shaft’s music, but spurred on by Avocet (and Jenkins musicianship), I’ve been listening to them some. I started thinking – that name. Dando Shaft – what the hell does it mean? In the context of the music of the times, it sounds like some kind of pagan ritual, something mysterious, maybe dark. Something that wouldn’t be out of place in The Wickerman (“Yes, the Dando Shaft happens every spring on the blood moon…”) A little more research, however, reveals that I couldn’t have been more off. It’s actually the name of a book, published in 1965 by a guy named Don Calhoun. Specifically it’s the name of the main character in the book. Is it some kind of tome of historical study, or maybe a novel of the fantastical? No, it’s a novel billed as “Either the funniest dirty novel or the dirtiest funny novel of the year”, about a hapless middle-aged guy who works in advertising.


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Vinyl LP pressing. Dando Shaft 2 A sophomore set from 1971 continued to build on the reputation established by their excellent debut, and now the arrival of female singer Polly Bolton added another textural dimension, as heard most clearly on the soaring ‘Riverboat,’ the absence of drums throughout allowing us to fully appreciate the players’ excellent musicianship, with Martin Jenkins’ masterful mandolin, flute and fiddle drawing the sound to higher realms. As it was issued on RCA’s prog sub-label Neon, which folded soon after it’s release, the LP is as rare as it is excellent-another must-have for fans of progressive folk and psychedelic folk rock.
Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 31 x 31 x 0.5 cm; 570 Grams
Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ Trading Places
Original Release Date ‏ : ‎ 2023
Label ‏ : ‎ Trading Places
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BP9SX9BL
Country of origin ‏ : ‎ Netherlands
Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 1

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