String Driven Thing

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 2000s


With animated, shock-headed violinist Graham Smith their visual selling-point, Pauline Adams (vocals), her husband Chris (guitar/vocals) and Colin Wilson (guitar/bass) trod an idiosyncratically British rock path in the early 70s. Like acts of similar stamp, they were later augmented by a drummer, when Billy Fairley toughened up the sound on their second album featuring new recruits Clare Sealey (cello) and Bill Hatje (who took over Wilson’s bass duties). The band’s performances on children’s television proved surprisingly popular, and a wider fame was predicted. The departure of the Adamses and Hatje in 1974 was seen as unfortunate but by no means disastrous as the group were able to continue in recognizable form with, respectively, Kimberley Beacon, Graham White and James Exell for Please Mind Your Head, on which Henry McDonald (keyboards) and jazz saxophonist Alan Skidmore (then one of Georgie Fame’s Blue Flames) were heard too. Even more...

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