Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Trader Horne: Morning Way... Plus 1970 + Judy Dyble: Talking With Strangers 2009 + Anthology Part 1 2015


Trader Horne was a British duo, consisting of multi-instrumentalist and former Them keyboard player

and vocalist Jackie McAuley, and former Fairport Convention lead vocalist Judy Dyble.
The short-lived musical partnership broke up after releasing only one LP, Morning Way, in 1970. The band was named after DJ John Peel's nanny, Florence Horne, nicknamed "Trader" in reference to explorer Trader Horn. Trader Horne had what could be called a psychedelic/folk influenced appearance/image but one that had a sharp, almost high fashion touch, edging towards the likes of Ossie Clarke and Celia Birtwell…

After her stint with Fairport Convention, Dyble (and her then-boyfriend Ian McDonald) joined pop

band Giles, Giles and Fripp, and contributed to demo recordings, but she left after her relationship with McDonald ended. Giles, Giles and Fripp - retaining McDonald - would later evolve into King Crimson. After moving to Fulham in early 1969, Dyble befriended the members of the band Steamhammer.

Her roommate started a romantic relationship with the band's guitarist, Martin Quittenton and the three of them moved to Notting Hill Gate. Quittenton was recording and writing with Rod Stewart and

working with Pete Sears, whom Quittenton had known from Steamhammer days) amongst others, on Stewart's solo albums, Gasoline Alley and Every Picture Tells A Story. Sears was sharing a flat with Jackie McAuley and they, together with Dyble, rehearsed a number of songs and were planning to perform as a trio, but Sears decided to go to the US to join Silver Metre (with Leigh Stephens), then Stoneground, Copperhead, Jefferson Starship and Hot Tuna, leaving Dyble and McAuley to continue as a duo.

One of those acid folk group around the turn of the 60's that is better known for having vocalist Judy

Dyble (ex-Fairport and Giles, Giles & Fripp) and former Jackie Mc Auley (ex-Them and Belfast Gypsies) in their ranks. Their sole album Morning Way, released on the collectible Dawn label, contains a sometimes-progressive folk, sometimes acid folk, featuring mainly acoustic guitars and keyboards (among which a harpsichord) but also the odd flute (played by another ex-Them member Ray Elliot) and typical crystal-clear female vocals.

As Dybble left to found a family, she was replaced by another female folk legend Saffron Summerfield,

Trader Horne folded rather quickly after the album's release. Most of the songwriting was McAuley's but Dyble dabbled with Steamhammer's Quintenton for the title track. Besides the album, Trader Horne also released two singles (one before and another after the album's release) which are included on the Cd reissue of the album.

A music festival was organized to launch the band: the Hollywood Music Festival in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Shortly before the performance, in May 1970, Judy Dyble decided to leave the band. Instead, a

band called Mungo Jerry was launched. Trader Horne briefly continued after Judy's departure; she was replaced by Saffron Summerfield. Over the years the Morning Way album has acquired mythical status. The band's singles are now highly collectable. Trader Horne was featured in Kingsley Abbott's book 500 Lost Gems of the 60s. To coincide with this, Stuart Maconie made a one-hour biopic radio special on Dyble's career for his BBC 6 Music programme "Freak Zone", as well as a significant piece in Record Collector.



Judy Dyble – Vocals, electric autoharp and piano
Jackie McAuley – vocals, guitar, harpsichord, organ, piano, flute, congas and celeste
Ray Elliot – alto flute, bass clarinet
Andy White – drums
John Godfrey – bass, arrangements


Morning Way is a 1970 album by Trader Horne. It was released by Pye Records in 1970. The album

was the only release by Trader Horne and sold limited numbers at the time. The album was re-released on CD in 2008 by Esoteric Records. Through the years this LP has reached legendary status and it is considered one of the lost gems of the 1960s.

Trader Horne - Morning Way... Plus (1970)
Artist: Trader Horne
Title Of Album: Morning Way... Plus
Year Of Release: 1970 Remaster: 1990
Label (Catalog#): See For Miles Records (SEE CD 308)
Country: UK
Genre: Folk Rock
Total Time: 52:33



01. Jenny May    2:26
02. Children Of Oare    4:04
03. Three Rings For Eleven Kings    2:27
04. Growing Man    3:58
05. Down And Out Blues    4:26
06. Mixed Up Kind    6:29
07. Better Than Today    3:12
08. In My Loneliness    2:22
09. Sheena    2:43
10. The Mutant    2:54
11. Morning Way    4:36
12. Velvet To Atone    2:27
13. Luke That Never Was    4:54


14. Here Comes The Rain    2:36
15. Goodbye Mercy Kelly    3:17

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Over 40 years after she had been kicked out from Fairport Convention (when her liaison with

Richard Thompson ended) and some 30 years absence from music, Dyble releases her masterpiece. The album is a life journey and becomes interesting through the collaborators who all were involved in her career, like Robert Fripp and Ian McDonald from the early King Crimson, Simon Nicol of Fairport Convention or Pentangle's Jacqui McShee.

This is not a simple Folk or Folk-Rock album although it starts out with an acoustic entry. But

then the full spectrum of her musical abilities is evolving as the journey continues.
On the second track Fripp and McDonald enter memories of their common time in court of that Crimson King.
The only cover song is Emerson, Lake & Palmer's C'est La Vie that Dyble (with McShee) takes to another dimension. The title song showcases her vocals that are all but fragile. Dreamtime and Grey October Day take a trip through the seasons and bring rich arrangements with them.

The centerpiece of the album however is the 19 minutes masterwork Harpsong which evolves from a

folky driving introduction via jazzy piano/saxophone interlude into a prog-rock showcase around Fripp's guitar and soundscapes with whirling flute and saxophone from McDonald.

The King Crimson thunderstorm calms down and Judy returns for the final verses in a lighter folk

mode. It is an ambitious album but it is executed by brilliant musicians and most of the time the ideas work out fine.
(Roxanne Walsh)

Judy Dyble – Talking With Strangers
Label: Brilliant Music – FXTR CD113, FiXiT Records – FXTR CD113
Format:    CD, Album, Limited Edition
Country: UK
Released: 2009
Genre: Rock
Style: Folk Rock, Folk, Prog Rock



01. Neverknowing   1:42

Acoustic Guitar – Simon Nicol
Vocals – Judy Dyble
Vocals [Additional] – Tim Bowness
Written-By – Murphy, Bowness
02. Jazzbirds   3:05
Acoustic Guitar, Organ, Keyboards – Alistair Murphy
Bass – Mark Fletcher
Drums, Percussion – Pat Mastelotto
Flute – Ian McDonald
Vocals [Additional] – Jacquie McShee, Tim Bowness
Vocals, Autoharp – Judy Dyble
Written-By – Murphy, Dyble, Bowness
03. C'est La Vie   4:15
Acoustic Guitar, Organ, Keyboards – Alistair Murphy
Bass – Mark Fletcher
Electric Guitar – Jeremy Salmon
Violin – Rachel Hall
Vocals – Judy Dyble
Vocals [Additional] – Celia Humphris, Julianne Regan, Tim Bowness
Written-By – Lake, Sinfield
04. Talking With Strangers   3:23
Piano – Alistair Murphy
Vocals – Judy Dyble
Vocals [Additional] – Tim Bowness
Written-By – Murphy, Dyble, Bowness
05. Dreamtime    4:19
Acoustic Guitar – John Gillies
Acoustic Guitar, Guitar [12-string], Electric Guitar, Organ, Piano, Keyboards – Alistair Murphy
Bass – Mark Fletcher
Drums, Percussion – Pat Mastelotto
Flute [Alto] – Ian McDonald
Vocals [Additional] – Jacquie McShee, Tim Bowness
Vocals, Autoharp – Judy Dyble
Written-By – Gillies, Dyble
06. Grey October Day   6:04
Bass – Mark Fletcher
Drums, Percussion – Pat Mastelotto
Piano, Organ, Acoustic Guitar – Alistair Murphy
Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone – Laurie A'Court
Vocals – Judy Dyble, Tim Bowness
Written-By – Murphy, Dyble, Bowness
07. Harpsong   19:19
Acoustic Guitar – Simon Nicol
Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, E-bow, Electric Guitar, Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Synthesizer – Alistair Murphy
Alto Saxophone [Lead], Flute, Flute [Alto], Ukulele – Ian McDonald
Bass – Mark Fletcher
Drums, Percussion – Pat Mastelotto
Electric Guitar – Harry Fletcher, Paul Robinson
Guitar, Effects [Soundscapes] – Robert Fripp
Lyrics By – Dyble, Bowness
Music By – Murphy, Bowness
Oboe – Sanchia Pattinson
Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone – Laurie A'Court
Violin – Rachel Hall
Vocals [Additional] – Celia Humphris, Jacquie McShee, Julianne Regan
Vocals [Additional], Electric Guitar – Tim Bowness
Vocals, Autoharp – Judy Dyble
Written-by [Melody] – Bowness



Limited edition of 1000 copies, individually numbered where the barcode would normally be (now absent) and first 500 signed by Judy Dyble, Tim Bowness and Alistair Murphy. Only sold at

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Judith Aileen Dyble (13 February 1949 – 12 July 2020)
was an English singer-songwriter, most notable for being a vocalist and a founding member of Fairport Convention and Trader Horne. For most

of her career, vocalist and songwriter Judy Dyble was thought to have had a brief but fascinating career as an early member of one of the U.K.'s most important folk groups. But she began a prolific second act when she launched a solo career at the age of 53. Dyble was a member of the iconic folk-rock band Fairport Convention in 1967 and appeared on their debut album, but parted ways with them in 1968.

She was also associated with the playful art rock trio Giles, Giles & Fripp and cut an album with the

psych-folk duo Trader Horn before dropping out of music in 1973. Emboldened by festival appearances with Fairport Convention in 1997 and 2002, Dyble released her first solo album, Enchanted Garden, in 2004. Since then, she has released a steady stream of recordings where she blends world music, psychedelia, folk, and electronics, earning praise for 2009's Talking with Strangers, 2013's Flow and Change, and 2017's Summer Dancing (the latter a collaboration with Andy Lewis).

The Anthology, Pt. 1 is a collection of odds and ends from Dyble's years before, during, and after her brief tenure with Fairport, and the material runs the gamut from disciplined readings of classic folk

tunes taped at an informal show in 1964 to atonal improvisations that suggest Wolf Eyes as cheerful and well-scrubbed British university students, a few unreleased Fairport demos (including a lovely version of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now"), sessions with the pre-King Crimson Giles, Giles & Fripp, and a synth pop cover of Pink Floyd's "See Emily Play," with a curious advert for cassette tape (with Dyble singing a clumsy reworking of "Amazing Grace") closing out the set.

While most of Dyble's performances here lack the flexibility and gusto of some of her contemporaries on the U.K. folk scene, her skill as a vocalist is undeniable, as is the clarity of her instrument, and for

die-hard fans, there are a number of lost treasures here. However, the quality of the audio is very uneven, with the earliest recordings clearly taken from amateur reel-to-reel machines and the last rescued from often-played cassettes. And only the most committed Dyble enthusiast will want to hear her and her chums attempt experimental music more than once. The Anthology, Pt. 1 offers proof that Judy Dyble has enjoyed a more varied and interesting career than the average folk fan knows, but this is best recommended for her more loyal admirers than those unfamiliar with her music.

Judy Dyble – Anthology: Part One
Label: Earth – EARTHCD008
Format: CD, Album, Compilation
Country: UK
Released: 2015
Genre: Rock, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Art Rock, Folk



01. Judy & The Folkmen – Come All Ye Fair And Tender Ladies   2:25

Guitar, Vocals – Bruce West
Vocals – Ernie Balding
Vocals, Guitar – Rod Braxton
02. Judy & The Folkmen – Spanish Is A Lovin' Tongue   3:16

Guitar, Vocals – Bruce West
Vocals – Ernie Balding
Vocals, Guitar – Rod Braxton
03. Judy Dyble With Richard Thompson – Improvisation   12:47

Performer – Judy Dyble, Richard Thompson
04. Fairport Convention – Both Sides Now   3:10
Written-By – Joni Mitchell
05. Fairport Convention – One Sure Thing    2:55
06. Giles, Giles & Fripp– Make It Today     3:24
07. Giles, Giles & Fripp– Passages Of Time   3:30

Written-By – Robert Fripp
08. Giles, Giles & Fripp – Under The Sky    2:48
09. Giles, Giles & Fripp – Murder   2:42

Written-By – Peter Giles
10. Judy Dyble With G.F. Fitzgerald – May Four    2:59
11. Judy Dyble –Better Side Of Me   3:45

Producer – Mike Batt
Written-By – Marianne Segal
12. Judy Dyble – I Hear A Song   3:20
Written-By – Peter Barnfather
13. Judy Dyble – Satisfied Mind   3:06
Written-By – Rhodes, Hayes
14. Judy Dyble – See Emily Play   3:30
Written-By – Syd Barrett
15. Judy Dyble – Mirror Master Tape Advertisement   2:20
Vocals – Bob Harris, Simon Stable

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  1. Amazing post, thank you. Nick.

  2. Wow Kostas again with the ‘Coals to Newcastle’! (do you know that British idiom?!) basically teaching us Brits about our own music! I had wondered what happened to Judy after Fairport and this tells us clearly and is most informative and beautiful done too. She has one of those voices, clear and pure and ideally suited to folk but that she carried on after Fairports is fascinating. Thank you as ever

    1. Sorry, I mean idiom. You're right about her voice. I adore her.

  3. Thanks so much, Kostas! ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ