Dancing Did

Decades: 1980s 2000s


Hailing from Evesham in Worcestershire, England, the Dancing Did’s brand of rustic rock ‘n’ roll proved you could write songs about the English countryside without embracing the comic style of the Wurzels or the Yetties. Dancing Did took their name from ‘didicoi’ - otherwise known to town-dwellers as Gypsies. The band comprised Tim Harrison (vocals), Martyn Dormer (lead guitar, synthesizer, vocals), Roger Smith (bass) and Chris Houghton (drums). Formed in 1980, they released two singles on first their own Fruit And Veg label, then Stiff Records, before moving to the ill-starred Kamera Records. Musically they resembled a marriage of the Clash with Steeleye Span, but their true appeal lay in the imagery of Harrison’s lyrics, as shown in such titles as ‘A Fruit Picking Fantasy (The Day Bo Diddley Nearly Came To Evesham)’, ‘Badger Boys’ - a celebration of country delinquents - ‘Ballad Of The Dying Sigh’ - a...

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