Druid (band)

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Druid
OriginBerkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England
GenresProgressive rock
Years active1971–1977
LabelsEMI, BGO Records
Associated actsTubeway Army, Dramatis
Past membersNeil Brewer
Cedric Sharpley
Dane Stevens
Andrew McCrorie-Shand

Druid were a 1970s progressive rock band from England, and initially came to public attention by winning a 1974 unsigned band contest by Melody Maker magazine.[1] The band went on to perform on The Old Grey Whistle Test and to record two albums. Their sound was notably influenced by Yes.

Former member Cedric Sharpley, who went on to back Gary Numan in the band Tubeway Army, died from a heart attack on 13 March 2012.[2]

Line-up[edit]

Albums[edit]

Toward The Sun (1975)[edit]

Toward The Sun
Studio album by
Druid
ReleasedJune 1975
RecordedMorgan Studios, England
GenreProgressive Rock
Length47:27
LabelEMI
ProducerBob Harris
Druid chronology
Toward The Sun
(1975)
Fluid Druid
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[3]
Side one
  1. "Voices" (McCrorie-Shand/Dane) - 8:13
  2. "Remembering" (Brewer/Dane) - 5:24
  3. "Theme" (Brewer/Dane/McCrorie-Shand/Sharpley) - 5:24
  4. "Toward The Sun" (Dane) - 5:03
Side two
  1. "Red Carpet For An Autumn" (Brewer/McCrorie-Shand) - 3:10
  2. "Dawn Of Evening" (Brewer/McCrorie-Shand) - 10:02
  3. "Shangri-La" (Brewer/Dane) - 10:11
Personnel
  • Neil Brewer – Bass Guitar
  • Cedric Sharpley – Drums, Percussion
  • Dane – Guitars, Vocals
  • Andrew McCrorie-Shand – Keyboards
  • Bob Harris – Producer
  • George Nicholson – Engineer
  • Adrian Sadgrove – Artwork

Fluid Druid (1976)[edit]

Fluid Druid
Studio album by
Druid
ReleasedMay 1976
RecordedAdvision Studios, England
GenreProgressive Rock
Length39:32
LabelEMI
ProducerDruid, Paul "Rockette" Hardiman
Druid chronology
Toward The Sun
(1975)
Fluid Druid
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[4]
Side one
  1. "Razor Truth" (Dane/Brewer) - 5:42
  2. "Painters Clouds" (Dane/Brewer) - 5:00
  3. "FM 145" (McCrorie-Shand) - 2:08
  4. "Crusade" (McCrorie-Shand/Brewer) - 7:48
Side two
  1. "Nothing But Morning" (Dane/Brewer) - 4:09
  2. "Barnaby" (Dane) - 3:12
  3. "Kestrel" (McCrorie-Shand) - 3:35
  4. "Left To Find" (McCrorie-Shand/Dane/Brewer) - 7:12
  5. "The Fisherman's Friend" (McCrorie-Shand) - 0:46
Personnel
  • Neil Brewer – Bass Guitar
  • Cedric Sharpley – Drums, Percussion
  • Dane – Guitars, Vocals
  • Andrew McCrorie-Shand – Keyboards
  • Druid, Paul "Rockette" Harman – Producer
  • Ken "Superstar" Thomas – Assistant Engineer
  • The Cream Group – Artwork

Singles[edit]

  • Barnaby (EMI, 1976)

Compilations[edit]

  • Toward The Sun/Fluid Druid (BGO Records, 1995)

References[edit]

External links[edit]