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The Moths

The Moths Genre Rock

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Recordings:

1. I Am Lonely
2. The Heron
3. Travelling Song
4. I Shall Be Released
5. Phantasmagoria In Two
6. Empty Pocket Blues
7. Running From Home
8. A Stupid Song
9. Dreams Of Love
10. Be My Friend
 
Recording Date: 23rd June, 1970.
Group Members: John Ellis (vocs, gtr), Mike Jones (vocs, gtr), John Dunn (vocs, bass gtr), Neil Cawley (flute), John Beazer (percussion, bongos).
Additional Info:

John Beazer (member of The Moths): The Moths were formed in April 1970 whilst members were second year undergraduates at Hull University.   In this line-up the group played about nine gigs over the next few months, including an open-air event in Hull East Park, supporting Wishbone Ash.  After the summer vacation, the group continued as a trio (the two guitarists and bass guitar) and did about six or seven more gigs in October/ November 1970.
The original five-piece line-up was unexpectedly offered some recording time in the studio at Hull University's theatre building (the Gulbenkian Centre) and made a demo tape there on 23 June 1970.  It recorded two of John Ellis's songs, plus others by Bert Jansch, Bob Dylan, Tim Buckley, David Ackles and Clive Palmer (from the original Incredible String Band). The recording session was most memorable for the groupís (very tall) bass guitarist, John Dunn, banging his head as he entered the studio, and doing the recording in a state of mild concussion!
The only one of The Moths with any recording experience was Neil, who had played flute (pseudonymously) on a couple of early Ralph McTell tracks "Malcolm In The Garden" and "Factory Girl".  

John Beazer, the percussionist, sent the demo tape to Deroy Sound Service of Carnforth, Lancashire, which transferred it to vinyl LP.  About two dozen copies were pressed, and distributed amongst friends and family.

John Dunn (member of The Moths): I have a 12" LP of the unreleased album we recorded on 23 June 1970. I was the bass guitarist of The Moths. I was a second-year undergraduate at Hull University at the time, and I think all of the others were too. We didn't do very many gigs, but unexpectedly were offered some recording time in the studio at the University's theatre building.

The album was recorded in the Gulbenkian Centre, Hull University, England, 23rd June, 1970 and transferred to disc by Deroy Sound Service of Carnforth,
Lancashire. We recorded two of John Ellis's songs, plus others by Bert Jansch,
Dylan, Tim Buckley, David Ackles and Clive Palmer from the original Incredible
String Band.

I Am Lonely (Jansch) - vocal, JE (with MJ)
The Heron (Ellis) - JE.
Travelling Song (Jansch) - MJ (with JE)
I Shall Be Released (Dylan) - JD (with MJ)
Phantasmagoria In Two (Buckley) - MJ
Empty Pocket Blues (Clive Palmer) - JE
Running From Home (Jansch) - MJ and JE
A Stupid Song (Ellis) - JE
Dreams Of Love (Jansch) - MJ and JE
Be My Friend (David Ackles) - MJ

That's my hesitant singing on "I Shall Be Released", plus my bass guitar on all
the tracks except "Running From Home". I enjoyed the gigs, but the recording was
not pleasant. I banged my head as I went in, and did the recording in a state of
mild concussion. On listening to the album, I realised that my bottom E bass
string was flat, which makes listening to my solo on "Be My Friend" a rather
embarrassing experience. The only one of us with any recording experience was
Neil, who had played flute (pseudonymously) on a couple of early Ralph McTell
tracks. John Beazer was the contact with Deroy's Sound Service and had an
impressive collection of LP's he'd played on - all pressed by Deroy's. I'm sure
I've got a practice tape of "The Heron" (recorded in Hull University kitchen)
but I'll have to search for it. I haven't seen or heard any of the other members
since I graduated in 1971. I put the word out on the Hull alumni website and
magazine, to try to contact them, but with no success.

All recorded and photographic material kindly suppliued by John Beazer. 2013.

All recorded and photographic material copyright J. Beazer, J. Dunn, N. Cawley, M. Jones, J. Ellis. 2013.

Special thanks to: John Beazer, John Dunn.


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