The Bunch

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The Bunch
Genres Folk rock, electric folk
Years active Late 1971–early1972
Labels Island (UK)
A&M (US)
Associated acts Fairport Convention
Fotheringay
Steeleye Span
Average White Band
Past members Sandy Denny
Linda Peters
Trevor Lucas
Richard Thompson
Ian Whiteman
Tony Cox
Pat Donaldson
Ashley Hutchings
Gerry Conway
Dave Mattacks
Roger Ball
Molly Duncan
Michael Berry
Mike Rosen[1]

The Bunch were a British folk rock band, which came together in 1971 to record their one off album, Rock On.[1]

Formation[edit]

The Bunch was put together by Trevor Lucas in late 1971, close to a year after his former band, Fotheringay, had disbanded. He got on board three ex Fotheringay members Pat Donaldson, Gerry Conway and his girlfriend Sandy Denny. Denny had just released her debut solo album, The North Star Grassman and the Ravens. Ian Whiteman who had worked with Denny and Tony Cox were brought in for piano duties. Richard Thompson joined on guitar, his girlfriend and friend of Denny's, Linda Peters, joined on vocals. Lucas also hired The Dundee Horns (Roger Ball, Molly Duncan, Mike Rosenhe) and ex Fairport Convention members Ashley Hutchings and Dave Mattacks also joined.[1]

Album[edit]

The Bunch recorded an album of 1950s rock and roll and country material from such artists as Chuck Berry, Hank Williams, and The Crickets. Denny, Peters and Thompson took most of the lead vocals and the backing vocal duties for the album, with Pat Donaldson also providing backing vocals. Ashley Hutchings took lead vocals on one track, and Trevor Lucas on two. The music was provided by Thompson (guitar), Lucas (guitar), Donaldson (bass), Cox (piano), Whiteman (piano), Mattacks (drums, congas), Conway (drums) and the Dundee Horns (horn instruments). Recording on the album began in late 1971 and was finished by early 1972, with the album being released in April 1972.[1]

Break up[edit]

After the album was released The Dundee Horns left the group and formed Average White Band. Denny left to continue her solo career and recorded her 1972 album Sandy. Thompson recorded his first solo album, Henry the Human Fly, and married Peters. The following year he formed the duo Richard and Linda Thompson. Mattacks re-joined Fairport Convention and in the following year Lucas also joined them.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Members[edit]

The Dundee Horns

  • Roger Ball - alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, saxophone, piano
  • Molly Duncan - saxophone
  • Mike Rosen - trumpet

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. p. 333. ISBN 1-84195-017-3.