Jan Dukes De Grey
Originally formed in Yorkshire, England, as a duo of Michael Bairstow (flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, percussion, keyboards) and Derek Noy (vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass, percussion), Jan Dukes De Grey was among the least conventional folk acts of their time. Their debut album, Sorcerers, was composed entirely of Noy originals, the 18 tracks varying wildly in tone and quality, but occasional compositions, with their unusual arrangements and Noys highly mannered singing, did succeed. By the advent of a second album, the group had expanded with the inclusion of drummer Denis Conlan. For Mice And Rats In The Loft the trio had transferred to the better-distributed Transatlantic Records. Instead of the numerous short songs on their debut, this set comprised just three tracks, one of them a sidelong. The dissonant tones of its forerunner were given free reign over these expanded tracks, although again the quality of musicianship sometimes failed to match...