Feb 27, 2009
TUDOR LODGE - TUDOR LODGE (VERTIGO 1971) Jap mastering cardboard sleeve
Tudor Lodge was originally formed in 1968, featuring John Stannard and Roger Strevens. The group started playing at the White Horse in Reading, England and later made appearances at other clubs on the folk circuit. In 1969 Lyndon Green replaced Roger. Lyndon had just returned to England after treading the hippy trail to Turkey and within a year they were joined by American singer and flautist, Ann Steuart. Tudor Lodge then toured the English folk circuit for over two years, teaming up with manager Karl Blore towards the end of 1970, and releasing their first album in 1971: “Tudor Lodge” (Vertigo 6360043).
Later that year, the group appeared at the prestigious Cambridge Folk Festival.
Annie left the group in 1972 and was briefly replaced by Linda Peters, who became better known through her work with husband Richard Thompson. That year saw Tudor Lodge touring Holland where they featured on Dutch Radio after which the group disbanded with their various careers diverging.
One of the most venerated progressive 'freak folk' albums of all time, released in 1970 on Vertigo. Its striking artwork has made it much sought after by collectors but the music is the main attraction -- delicate and rather extravagant, and very original for the time period, characterized by complex arrangements featuring acoustic instruments with an excellent use of flute, acoustic guitars and impeccable vocals. In fact, it's something of a shame that this record is primarily known in small circles of obscure folk-lovers interested in spending the extra time and money to seek out special albums like this one...