Medicine Head

Genres: Blues
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


John Fiddler (25 September 1947, Darlaston, Staffordshire, England; guitar/vocals) and Peter Hope-Evans (b. 28 September 1947, Brecon, Powys, Wales; harmonica/Jew’s harp) were confined to the small clubs of England’s Midlands, until a demo tape brought the duo to pioneering BBC disc jockey John Peel’s Dandelion Records label. Their debut album, Old Bottles New Medicine, offered delicate, sparse, atmospheric songs, and crude, rumbustious R&B, a contrast maintained on a second set, Heavy On The Drum. The duo enjoyed a surprise UK hit single when ‘(And The) Pictures In The Sky’ reached number 22 in 1971, but their progress faltered when Hope-Evans left the group. ex-Yardbirds Keith Relf, at this point Medicine Head’s producer, joined Fiddler and drummer John Davies for the band’s third album, Dark Side Of The Moon. Hope-Evans and Fiddler resumed their partnership in 1972, although session musicians were employed on their...

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