Gay & Terry Woods

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Decades: 1970s 2000s


Playing together in a duo during the late 60s, Gay Woods (Gabriel Corcoran, 1948, Eire) and Terry Woods (b. 4 December 1947, Dublin, Eire) became pivotal figures in the Irish folk scene through their involvement with Sweeney’s Men, Steeleye Span and a brief dalliance with Dr. Strangely Strange, whom they left at the end of 1970. Husband and wife, Gay and Terry Woods, were ambitious mavericks at the adventurous end of folk rock. They formed the Woods Band with Ed Deane (guitar), Pat Nash (drums) and Gay’s brother Austin Corcoran (bass). Their 1971 debut mixed traditional ballads and the Woods’ own material to great effect, but was to be the unit’s only release. They worked extensively in England and Europe before disbanding, with Gay and Terry Woods retiring to County Meath, Eire. Subsequently, the duo signed with Polydor Records, and, with a familiar set of folk/rock musicians recorded a series of increasingly experimental singer-songwriter...

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