Tea and Symphony

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Tea and Symphony was a British musical group of the late 1960s and early 1970s whose style may be described as "progressive folk". From Birmingham, they recorded two albums for Harvest Records, had one track, "Maybe My Mind (With Egg)", included on the Harvest sampler Picnic - A Breath of Fresh Air, toured Britain with Bakerloo (Blues Line) and were guests on John Peel's BBC radio programme.

The group was generally a trio, though sometimes supplemented by extra musicians. Members included Jeff Daw (lead guitar, backing vocals, flute), James Langston (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Nigel Phillips (drums, backing vocals, keyboards, recorder, left 1969), Jonathan Benyon (mime, joined 1968 left 1969), Dave Carroll (guitar, backing vocals, bass, violin, joined 1970, left 1971), Bob Wilson (guitar, keyboards, joined 1969, left 1971), Peter 'Chatters' Chatfield (drums, joined 1970, left 1972), Tom Bennison (bass, French horn, joined & left 1970), Mick Barker (drums, joined 1971), and Stewart Johnson (guitars, vocal, joined 1971).[1] Steve Eaves is another former alumnus.

Albums[edit]

An Asylum for the Musically Insane[edit]

LP Harvest SHVL 761 (1969)

  1. "Armchair Theatre" - 3:54
  2. "Feel How So Cool The Wind" - 3:19
  3. "Sometime" - 4:14
  4. "Maybe My Mind (With Egg)" (Jeff Daw) - 3:42
  5. "The Come On" - 4:30
  6. "Terror In My Soul" (Jeff Daw, Nigel Phillips) - 6:06
  7. "Travelling Shoes" (Fred Neil) - 4:25
  8. "Winter" (James Langston) - 3:19
  9. "Nothing Will Come To Nothing" (Nigel Phillips) - 6:12

(All tracks written by Jeff Daw except where noted.)

Personnel;

  • Jeff Daw - lead guitar, flute, triangle, vocals
  • James Langston - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, kazoo, bells, cymbal
  • Nigel Phillips - drums, recorder, mandolin, organ, piano, vocals

with;

Jo Sago[edit]

LP Harvest SHVL 785 (1970)

  • 1) Jo Sago - A Play On Music (Jeff Daw) including;
  • a. "Miniature" - 2:01
  • b. "Nyada" - 4:06
  • c. "Journey" - 1:19
  • d. "Brother" - 3:51
  • e. "Africa Paprika" - 3:29
  • f. "Fairground Suite" - 2:25
  • g. "Desperate Oil" - 5:53
  • h. "Umbilical Bill" - 0:51
  • i. "Goodnight" - 3:33
  • 2) "Try Your Luck" (Nigel Phillips) - 3:18
  • 3) "Yourself" (James Langston) - 3:28
  • 4) "Green Fingered" - Redhanded (Jeff Daw) - 0:54
  • 5) "Seasons Turn To One" (Jeff Daw) - 3:04
  • 6) "View To The Sky" (James Langston) - 2:41
  • 7) "The Nortihorticulturalist" (Nigel Phillips) - 3:26
  • 8) "Dangling" (Bob Wilson) - 0:59

Personnel:

  • James Langston - lead vocals, acoustic & 12-string guitars, percussion
  • Jef Daw - acoustic, electric & 12-string guitars, bass guitar, percussion, flute, backing vocals
  • Bob Wilson - piano, organ, harpsichord, acoustic, electric & 12-string guitars, bass guitar, percussion, backing vocals
  • Nigel Phillips - drums
  • Mick Hincks - guitar.

Produced by Tony Cox[4]

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