Dando Shaft

Genres: Folk
Decades: 1970s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Formed in Coventry, England, in 1968, at a time when hippie culture was in full swing, the original members of the group were Kevin Dempsey (29 May 1950, Coventry, West Midlands, England; guitar), Martin Jenkins (b. 17 July 1946, London, England; violin), Dave Cooper (vocals, guitar), Roger Bullen (bass), and Ted Kay (percussion). After moving to London, the unit received a boost with the inclusion of Polly Bolton. In the early 70s the albums Dando Shaft and Lantaloon included such titles as ‘The Harp Lady I Bombed’ and ‘The Magnetic Beggar’, testifying to Dando Shaft’s own particular brand of humour. During 1972 the band tried to become a rock group, but this caused dissension, and Dempsey and Bolton left to form a duo, eventually moving to the USA. Subsequently, Jenkins went on to Hedgehog Pie who recorded for Rubber Records of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. When Rubber decided to record Jenkins and Dave Cooper, the addition of Dempsey, Bolton and...

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