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Named after a seventh-century Anglo-Saxon poet-monk, CAEDMON began as a trio of veterinary students from Edinburgh University in 1973. The group's early repertoire consisted of traditional folk and spirituals, as well as cover tunes. The band expanded to a quartet the following year and managed to stretch out their touring career nearly six years before disbanding where they began (at Edinburgh) in 1978. The band's only studio album came as a result of a self-financed and produced private label recording with a pressing of just 500 copies. The band miscalculated the length of their tracks and ended up issuing a single that accompanied the vinyl album and which contained what would become tracks 6 and 12 on the 2002 Kissing Spell CD reissue.

The band has claimed PENTANGLE and FAIRPORT CONVENTION among their musical influences, as well as fellow 'Jesus freak' musicians WATER INTO WINE BAND, who they appeared with in concert on at least one occasion. They took much of the inspiration in their mildly spiritual lyrics from contemporaries such as LARRY NORMAN, PARCHMENT and AFTER THE FIRE.

CAEDMON reunited in 2008 with hopes of making new music together, and are also working to collect and release some of their earlier unissued studio and live recordings.

The band's single studio work is generally highly regarded as a solid example of seventies Jesus movement music, as well as a classic acoustic prog folk album.

>>Bio by Bob Moore, aka ClemofNazareth<<

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3.38 | 9 ratings
Caedmon
1978
3.08 | 3 ratings
A chicken to hug
2010

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 Caedmon by CAEDMON album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.38 | 9 ratings

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Caedmon Prog Folk

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Scotland-based Folk Rock ensemble, established in 1973 by both English and Scottish students of the Edinburgh University.Originally they started with Andy Love on guitar, Angela Naylor on vocals and Ken Patterson on multiple instruments.In early 74' they were joined by multi-instrumentalist/singer Simon Jaquet and bassist/guitarist Sam Wilson, while at the end of the year they added Jim Bisset on guitars/vocals.Jaquet leaves in 1975 for France due to his course and he is replaced for a short time by Alan Torrance.Upon his return Caedmon's live activity becomes more intense and in 1978 the band (without Love, who had quit) records a self-titled album at the small Barclay Towers Studio in Edinburgh to celebrate the five years of existence.A rare private album, this one was pressed in about 500 copies and was sold at the Farewell Concert in George Square, Edinburgh in March 78'.

While not overly progressive, Caedmon were definitely more convincing and intricate than many well-known British Folk Rock groups, playing some elaborate, rural music with certain electric explosions and Christian-inspired lyrics.Moreover their sound was pretty rich with intricate acoustic instrumentals, mostly based on violin, cello and mandolin, combining the depth of strings instruments with the more modern sound of keyboards (propably piano and harsichord).Naylor's angelic voice is on par with ANNIE HASLAM's, offering dreamy and clean performances.Of course there are moments when the band passes through more psychedelic paths with light electric tunes, laid-back acoustic guitars and sensitive, lyrical passages.On the other hand though Caedmon moved a bit further from the Classic Folk acts of the British scene, introducing a balanced electric guitar, which produces some emotional solos with even some jazzy taste at moments, which made their style even more flexible, especially in the more dense tracks, which featured the ethereal sound of keyboards.Some of the lyrics do sound a bit cheesy if you are not deep into the Christian spirit, but the music deserves some praise for being quite elaborate with its slight progressive vibes, more particularly in the instrumental themes, which consist of some good acoustic and electric interplays.

Caedmon disbanded the same year, but a surprising comeback in 2008 led to a second album in 2010, ''A chicken to hug'', featuring all members of the first album except for Angela Naylor.

Smooth Psych/Folk Rock with occasional proggy textures.Impressive vocals, airy soundscapes but also some pretty nice instrumental ideas.Recommended, a CD reissue is already available.

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 A chicken to hug by CAEDMON album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.08 | 3 ratings

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Caedmon Prog Folk

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars Caedmon returns to the scene again with their second album, many years after their first album. Actually, that album was released back in 1978. I refer to the interview with the band for further informations.

I do not have their first album so I cannot comment on the musical development between the first and the second album. I have noticed the difference between the fashion styles and hair lenghts between these two albums. See photos in the interview.

Well, back to the music. Caedmon is in fine folk rock form on A Chicken To Hug. Folk rock based on male and female vocals, bass, tangents, drums and guitars. Nothing fancy. Just the band and some good tunes. The vocals are great and so is the other instruments.

The songs are very much in the old English and even the US west coast tradition. That means folk rock with prog and pop influences. But most of all; vocals driven folk rock. There is not many fancy solos here. Besides of a couple of good electric guitar and Hammond solos, that is.

The album trundles along nicely without ever reaching the dizzy heights of greatness. As per usual, the lack of some really killer tracks is my main gripe. But the many prog folk fans here should check out Caedmon on both this album and on stage.

Good, but not all the way to the top of Ben Nevis.

3 stars

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Caedmon Prog Folk

Review by ClemofNazareth
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4 stars The most interesting thing about this album is that the band recorded it to commemorate their five-plus year career as that career came to a close. Caedmon put together this self-produced, private label album in 1978 just prior to their last concert and sold it to fans and friends at that show, performed at George’s Square in Edinburgh. The band’s first show was also in Edinburgh, where the then-trio were all enrolled at the University as veterinary students.

The music on this album doesn’t really conform to any particular genre or even style, and later interviews and statements from the band acknowledge that they were primarily interested in experimenting in the studio and tried many different things. The songs were recorded on a four-track machine, pretty much live with a minor bit of overdubbing that is fairly apparent since the mixing job was austere to say the least.

The opening track is not a proper introduction to the band’s capabilities, and if one were to stop with that song they would have the mistaken impression that this was just another UK folk band with a faux medieval sound and predominantly acoustic instrumentation. Keyboardist Ken Patterson also employs a Crumar Compac with what sounds like the harpsichord setting most of the time, but also as a substitute piano. This describes that first track, but the musicians quickly branch out into more interesting territory, although I can’t say any of the subsequent songs stray too far, and none of the remaining songs stray too far from what are pretty variants of folk music.

“Maker Man” features an Ibanez acoustic guitar with a very fat and rich sound, as well as bongos for a very rhythmic tempo that is augmented by electric guitar and pleasant vocals from Angela Naylor backed by a couple of the male musicians. This song takes an interesting turn at the end when the band breaks into a salsa groove with a spoon and teacup providing the Latin shaker sound. Again, the players were clearly just goofing around and trying different things with apparently little concern over how the final product would be received.

One of the songs with cello is “Death of a Fox”, which also features both acoustic and electric guitar as well as bass. I should mention at this point that the band had no drum kit, that function being performed instead by bongos, bass and assorted hand percussion instruments (most of them uncredited in the liner notes).

The Crumer is switched to piano mode for “Sea Song”, and the guitar here reminds me very much of Robert Everett’s guitar ruffs on “Puppet City” of his band The Third Estate’s ‘Years Before the Wine’ album, which was another one-off vanity recording by some college students moonlighting as musicians, in their case in the New Orleans area of the U.S. “Aslam” similarly sounds like the Third Estate album, but with cello again and what sounds like a mandolin.

“Beyond the Second Mile” is a soft acoustic song that was intended for the original vinyl album, but was instead included on a 7” single that was packaged with the album since it and “Give Me (Jesus)” wouldn’t fit on the 12” 33rpm disc. Both of these are overtly religious songs very much in the vein of the hippy- tinged Jesus freak vein of the mid-seventies. “Give Me (Jesus)” will remind those who remember it of the early seventies Jesus freak anthem “Get High on Jesus” from Earthen Vessel, an even better version of which was recorded by the U.S. Apple Corps around the same time as this Caedmon album.

The band tries their hand at a sort-of Latin sound again on “Living in the Sunshine”, but with peppy vocals, choppy electric guitar and bongos in place of the teacup this time. Not really a very strong composition, but sounds like they had fun making it at least.

“Storm” is one of the longest songs at more than six minutes, but much of this is clearly improvised guitar and bongo noodling with some experimentation from a Fender Rhodes the band borrowed for these recording sessions. Again, nothing special except probably for the guys who recorded it; while “Columbas' Song” is sort of a medieval-like story-song but with a hopped up guitar track and more cello, this time a lot more lively than on “Death of a Fox”. This one and “Smile on Your Face” are the best representations of the Fairport Convention influence on the band.

“Caedmon's Hymn” is the most interesting song on the album, as it is a modern-day interpretation of a seventh-century religious song written by the band’s namesake Cĉdmon, an Anglo-Saxon poet-monk, and which is considered one of the oldest surviving examples of Anglo poetry. This rendition is quiet, reverent, and all acoustic with some recorder thrown in to further enhance its ancient and dated sound.

I don’t typically get into overtly religious contemporary music, but in the case of guys like Caedmon, Pentangle, Water into Wine Band and the like I think exceptions have to be made since these were all people who were simply spreading the message of their faith through the medium they best knew without being heavy-handed or overly-proselytizing. Kind of hard to get annoyed at that – better just to kick back and enjoy the tunes.

This is a marginal progressive album at best, but the band’s history and the enthusiasm they displayed in making these songs is rather infectious for those of us who are into rediscovering this sort of music decades after it was forgotten. The Kissing Spell reissue is well-produced considering the likely quality of masters they had to work with. For prog folk fans this will be a fun discovery, and well worth adding to their collection. Four stars for innovation, naïve sincerity, and fifty-four minutes of low-key fun. Enjoy.

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