Trees – The Garden of Jane Delawney (1970)

Artist Credit
Bias Boshell Bass, Composer, Guitar, Vocals
Unwin Brown Arranger, Drums, Vocals
Barry Clarke Arranger, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic)
David Costa Arranger, Cover Painting, Design, Guitar, Guitar (12 String), Guitar (Acoustic)
Tony Cox Producer
Pete Drummond Liner Notes
Mike Fitzhenry Engineer
Victor Gamm Engineer
David Howells Producer
Celia Humphris Arranger, Keyboards, Vocals

Divided about half-and-half between traditional folk covers (“The Great Silkie” is the best) and Tobias Boshell originals, this is very much in the mainstream of 1970 British folk-rock. But the material is often plain, and the arrangements simply too drawn-out, even bombastic at times. The band takes on Fairport head-to-head on “She Moved Thro’ the Fair” (sung by Sandy Denny on Fairport’s second LP) and loses. The title track, though, is their best song, an atypically light piece for acoustic guitar and harpsichord that has a beautifully haunting melody.

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