Initially their material was derived from folk music, in line with many of the other performers of the time. However, they began to develop their own musical idiom, influenced, at one extreme, by the early music revivalists such as David Munrow, and the other extreme, by their childhood memories of the Robin Hood TV series, with its pseudo-mediaeval soundtrack by Elton Hayes.
The band was named after Blondel de Nesle, the musician in the court of Richard I. According to legend, when Richard was held prisoner, Blondel travelled through central Europe, singing at every castle to locate the King and assist his escape. This name for the band was suggested by a chef, Eugene McCoy, who listened to some of their songs and commented: “Oh, very Blondel!” and they began to use that name. They were then advised to add an adjective (in line, for example, with The Incredible String Band) and so they became “Amazing Blondel”.
Their first album The Amazing Blondel (also called “Amazing Blondel and a Few Faces,”) was recorded in 1969 and released by Bell Records. It was directed by session guitarist Big Jim Sullivan. At about this time, Eddie Baird (who had known the other members at school) joined the band. On 19 September 1970 they were one of the bands to play at the first Glastonbury Festival. Following what Baird described as “a disastrous ‘showbiz’ record signing”, Amazing Blondel were introduced, by members of the band Free, to Chris Blackwell of Island Records and Artists. Blackwell signed them up to Island, for whom they recorded their albums Evensong, Fantasia Lindum and England. (by Wikipedia)
And this is a very fine bootleg from a Show, recorded in Italy. It´s a very good audience recording … and you can you hear … you can hear the Magic of Amazing Blondel … really amazing !
Edwards Baird (guitar, vocals)
John David Gladwin (vocals, guitar)
Terence Alan Wincott (Recorder, woodwinds, vocals)
02. Pavan 3.02
03. Seascape 6.09
04. A Spring Air * 3.03
05. Willowood 3.02
06. Afterglow 3.34
07. The Shepherd’s Song 7.41
08. Saxon Lady
09. Travagliato BresciaItaly (1972) (uncut version) 32.06All songs written by John David Gladwin
*Problems with the microphones on stage.