Silly Wizard

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s

Biography

This Scottish band was formed in 1972 by Gordon Jones (21 November 1947, Birkenhead, Liverpool, England; guitar/mandolin), Bob Thomas (b. 28 July 1950, Robroyston, Glasgow, Scotland; guitar), and Chris Pritchard (b. Edinburgh, Scotland; vocals). Pritchard left within a matter of months and was replaced by Johnny Cunningham (b. 27 August 1957, Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland, d. 15 December 2003, New York, USA; fiddle/mandolin), and Madelaine Taylor (b. Perth, Scotland; vocals, guitar, bodhrán, spoons). This line-up recorded for Transatlantic Records, but with Taylor’s departure, to join Witches Promise, the recording was never issued. Silly Wizard continued with this line-up until late 1974, when Neil Adams (b. England; bass) became a member. Andy M. Stewart (b. 8 September 1952, Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland; vocals, banjo), then joined, and shortly afterwards, Adams left. The four were then augmented by Freeland Barbour (accordion), and Alasdair...

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