Blondel Gigs [13th November 1997]
- John Gladwin, Terence Wincott and Edward Baird are touring again since April 19th, 1997, the first gig after Blondel's reformation.
Follows a small list of the confirmed concerts:
- - November 27th, 1997 - Beverley Playhouse
Beverley, East Yorkshire
- - November 28th, 29th & 30th, 1997 - Italian Tour
Turin, Pescara, Milan
Contact Gigi Brescianni - tel. 0393572005
- - December 12th, 1997 - Club 92
Blaxton nr Doncaster
Contact Andy Shearman - tel. 01302771354
- - December 17th, 1997 - Spilsby Theatre
Contact Barbara Karpowicz - tel. 01790752936
- - January 14th, 1998 - Cottingham Folk Club King William IV
Cottingham nr Hull
Contact Val Bennett - tel. 01482844543
- - February 19th, 1998 - Biddulph Town Hall
Biddulph, Stoke on Trent
Contact Eric Cox - tel. 01782514896
- - February 21st, 1998 - The Lawn Complex
Contact - tel. 01522560330
Amazing Blondel Appreciation Society [31th October 1997]
- According to the Minstrel, the official Amazing Blondel Newsletter, they have received many letters in recent months asking if they have any plans to set up an appreciation society.
Mike Finney, Minstrel's editor, give the answer in the later issue of this newsletter:
In order to keep people informed and provide a better service to fans, we have decided, finally, to set up an official Amazing Blondel Appreciation Society. We now feel that the fan base is large enough to support such an organisation. The aims are to keep members fully informed of the band's activities, provide general information regarding Blondel and provide a means of communication and a discussion forum via The Minstrel. It is also hoped to be able to put fans in touch with each other and the band through the society.
The cost of membership will be £6.00 for members living in the U.K. and £8.00 for those living overseas. On joining, members will receive a wel-come pack, three copies of The Minstrel each year and will be kept informed of the band's activities. In addition members will, from time to time, receive special offers regarding merchandising etc. As a special introductory offer, members will be able to purchase any four autographed Amazing Blondel CDs at the special price of £40, enabling fans to replace their worn vinyl versions with pristine plastic!
For further details, contact Mike Finney by e-mail at The Amazing Blondel Information Centre
Blondel at Greetland, Halifax [30th August 1997]
- Amazing Blondel will be giving a concert at Clay House, Greetland, Halifax, on Saturday 20th September 1997.
Doors open 7 PM, concert starts at 8 PM. Tickets £7 each. Support includes John Bromley (ex-Hebric). Bar available. All proceeds to the Overgate Hospice, Elland. Further details from Tony Sharpe on (+44) (01422) 206887.
How to get to Clay House, Greetland From motorway leave M62 at Junction 24 and head for Halifax. At the end of the dual carriage way (when signs tell you to merge in turn) turn left and head for Stainland. At the first set of traffic lights you come to there is a car park on the right. Park there and Clay House is set further back.
From Halifax head for Huddersfield. 2 miles out of Halifax drop down a steep hill (a pub called the Quays is on the right hand side at the bottom of the hill). Shortly after there is a mini-roundabout. Go right and head for Stainland. Then as above..
Blondel Concerts [16th May 1997]
- Amazing Blondel have started warming up in the U.K. with a series of 6 small gigs which have been very well received.
If there are any promoters or agents interested in booking Amazing Blondel for Europe or anywhere in the world, please contact Blondel at P.O. Box 309. Lincoln. LN2 3XB England or email at HTD Records.
Gladwin Interview [14th May 1997]
- John Gladwin was interviewed by Nick Jefferson a week ago. They talked about Blondel influences, "Restoration"...
Read the whole interview in the Scrapbook section.
The Restoration [11th March 1997]
- The new Blondel album, Restoration, was released on March the 3rd by HTD Records (HTDCD 70).
For details check out the Discography section, where track listing, lyrics, credits and a couple of samples are available.
Two album reviews written by Tom Greuling and Joe Conway can be read in the Reviews section.
Men from the XVIII Century? [20th December 1996]
- On the right there's a picture taken late November at the same place that Fantasia Lindum cover picture were shot, Shibden Hall, Halifax, U.K.
According to the Halifax Evening Courier, Mr. Tony Sharpe, the hall's senior attendant, said about this return:
I've been a fan of Amazing Blondel for years. I knew that the photograph for Fantasia Lindum' had been taken at Shibden Hall and then last year I heard that the group had reformed.
For a spoof three of us at Shibden Hall did a mock-up of the album sleeve and sent it off to the group. Then Mike Finney got in touch with the idea for the new album cover. It has snowballed from there.
On the this subject, Mike said to the same newspaper:
The idea for the first cover came from Brian Highley and the group was photographed in Elizabethan costume inside Shibden Hall.
This time the group has recreated the sleeve but in the 18th century costume to reflect the style of music on the new album.
England's Reissue [1st December 1996]
- The 1972 "England" album was just released on CD by Demon Records on their Edsel label (EDCD 501), completing the reissue the band's 1970's albums.
The shot took place Shibden Hall in Yorkshire.
Always a popular album (originally released by Island Records), "England" is regarded by many Amazing Blondel fans as their finest.
Gladwin's Never Released Album [4th October 1996]
- John Gladwin's solo album was recorded in 1974 at the Sawmill Studios in Cornwall, England. It was produced by Max Hole for "Gama Records". The musicians featured on it were Dave Mattacks and Dave Pegg (both from Fairport Convention), Tim Renwick and Noel Skelton.
Due to the world oil crisis and the high cost of vinyl, this album was never released.
On The Road Again [10th September 1996]
- According to 'The Minstrel', The Official Amazing Blondel Newsletter, the band are planning to be performing live again by the end of the year. They are currently putting together a set which will consist of both old and new material. Now that the new album is complete they are already in rehearsal for their live set. Several approaches have already been made to them for gigs including one from a promoter in Italy and so an overseas tour is a strong possibility for next year.
The Restoration Album [10th September 1996]
- Work on the new studio album is now complete and HTD Records have set autumn 1996 as the release date. Entitled The Restoration it is the first album of new material by the original line up of John Gladwin, Terry Wincott and Eddie Baird for over 20 years. 'England', the trio's previous studio album was released exactly 24 years ago in October 1972.
The new material still acoustic draws its inspiration from the time of the English Restoration instead of the Elizabethan period as their earlier music did and yet it still retains the 'Englishness' that is unique to Amazing Blondel. The album is also a celebration of the reforming or restoration of the original line up of the band.
'The Restoration' was recorded in rural Lincolnshire. at Chapel Studios. South Thoresby and is the culmination of several months of hard work. The material was written and produced by Blondel arid mixed with the assistance of one of Chapel Studio's resident engineers Ewan Davies.
Amazing Blondel's aim is not only to please you their loyal band of existing fans with their latest effort but also to win new ones who have perhaps never heard any of the old recordings. They hope to broaden their appeal with this album and cross over into a much wider market. As John said in a recent Record Collector interview, "We've got no competition anymore, we might even get played on Radio 2!"
Amazing Reunion [6th August 1996]
- It's truth. More than twenty years after the split of original line-up, Amazing Blondel reunited again. John David Gladwin, Terence Alan Wincott and Edward Baird are now preparing a new album which will be released by HTD Records probably in the end of this summer.
Mike Finney got the details in a recent interview with John Gladwin, transcribed at the appropriate section.
New Live Album [3th August 1996]
- "A Foreign Field That Is Forever England" is the title of a 'new' Amazing Blondel live album, available since May. It was recorded during 1972 european tour and now released on CD by HTD Records. Its eleven acoustic tracks (71':05'' long) capture perfectly well the Blondel's concerts atmosphere.
A review written by Michael Billington can now be read at the Reviews section.