This Newcastle, England-based band was formed by Alan Hull (20 February 1945, Benwell, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England, d. 17 November 1995; vocals, guitar, piano), Simon Cowe (b. 1 April 1948, Jesmond Dene, Tyne And Wear, England; guitar), Ray Jackson (b. 12 December 1948, Wallsend, Tyne And Wear, England; harmonica/mandolin), Rod Clements (b. 17 November 1947, North Shields, Tyne And Wear, England; bass/violin) and Ray Laidlaw (b. 28 May 1948, North Shields, Tyne And Wear, England; drums). The quintet was originally known as the Downtown Faction, but took the name Lindisfarne in 1968. Their debut Nicely Out Of Tune, was issued the following year and this brash mixture of folk rock and optimistic harmonies is arguably the bands most satisfying set. The album contained the wistful and lyrically complex Lady Eleanor.
Lindisfarnes popularity flourished with the release of Fog On The Tyne the humorous title...
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