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Pentangle or The Pentangle  are a British folk-jazz band with an eclectic mix of folkjazzblues and folk rock influences. The original band was active in the late s and early s, and a later version has been active since the early s. The original I Loved A Lass - Pentangle - Light Flight The Anthologywhich was unchanged throughout the band's first incarnation —was: Jacqui McShee vocals ; John Renbourn vocals and guitar ; Bert Jansch vocals and guitar ; Danny Thompson double bass ; and Terry Cox drums.
The name Pentangle was chosen to represent the five members of the band, and is also the device on Sir Gawain's shield in the Middle English I Loved A Lass - Pentangle - Light Flight The Anthology Sir Gawain and the Green Knight which held a fascination for Renbourn.
The following June, all five original members embarked on a twelve-date UK tour. The original group formed in Renbourn and Jansch were already popular musicians on the British folk scene, with several solo albums each and a duet LPBert and John.
Their use of complex inter-dependent guitar parts, referred to as " folk baroque ", had become a distinctive characteristic of their music. They also shared a house in St John's WoodLondon. Jacqui McShee had begun as an unpaid "floor singer" in several of the London folk clubsand then, byran a folk club at the Red Lion in Sutton, Surreyestablishing a friendship with Jansch and Renbourn when they played there. She sang on Renbourn's Another Monday album and performed with him as a duo, debuting at Les Cousins club in August Thompson and Cox were well known as jazz musicians and had played together in Alexis Korner 's band.
Thompson was well-known to Renbourn through appearances at Les Cousins and working with I Loved A Lass - Pentangle - Light Flight The Anthology on a project for television. Inthe Scottish entrepreneur Bruce Dunnetwho had recently organised a tour for Jansch, set up a Sunday night club for him and Renbourn at the now defunct Horseshoe Hotel in Tottenham Court Road.
Renbourn claims to be the "catalyst" that brought the band together but credits Jansch with the idea "to get the band to play in a regular place, I Love New York - Madonna - Italian Confessions knock it into shape".
Although nominally a 'folk' group, the members shared catholic tastes and influences. McShee had a grounding in traditional music, Cox and Thompson a love of jazzRenbourn a growing interest in early musicand Jansch a taste for blues and contemporaries such as Bob Dylan.
The first public concert by Pentangle was a sell-out performance at the Royal Festival Hallon 27 May Later that year, they undertook a short tour of Denmark — in which they were disastrously billed as a rock'n'roll band — and a short UK tour, organised by Nathan Joseph of Transatlantic Records.
By this stage, their association with Bruce Dunnett had ended and, early inthey « Country Dances Für Blockflöte » - René Clemencic & Hopkinson Smith - Repertoire Pour Les Jeunes Fl Jo Lustig as a manager.
With his influence, they graduated from clubs to concert halls and from then on, as Colin Harper puts it, "the ramshackle, happy-go-lucky progress of the Pentangle was going to be a streamlined machine of purpose and efficiency". Pentangle signed up with Transatlantic Records and their eponymous debut LP was released in May This all-acoustic album was produced by Shel Talmywho has claimed to have employed an innovative approach to recording acoustic guitars to deliver a very bright "bell-like" sound.
Recordings from that concert formed part of their second album, Sweet Child released in Novembera double LP comprising live and studio recordings.
Basket of Lightwhich followed in mid, was their greatest commercial success, thanks to a surprise hit single, "Light Flight" which became popular through its use as theme music for the television series Take Three Girls the BBC's first drama series to be broadcast in colour for which the band I Loved A Lass - Pentangle - Light Flight The Anthology provided incidental music. It failed to go higher than number 51 in the charts.
The band returned to a mix of traditional and original material on Reflectionrecorded in March This was received without enthusiasm by the music press. By this time, the strains of touring and of working together as a band were readily apparent. Bill Leaderwho produced the album, said "It seems to me, in retrospect, that each day a different member of the group had decided that this was it: 'Sod this for a game of soldiers, I'm leaving the group!
Transatlantic had apparently concluded that they were within their contractual rights to withhold royalty payments from the Pentangle albums. The last few dates of the tour had to be cancelled owing to Thompson becoming ill. On New Year's Day,Jansch decided to leave the band. In the early s, a reunion of the band was planned.
By this time, Jansch and Renbourn had re-established their solo careers, McShee had a young family, Thompson was mainly doing session work, and Cox was running a restaurant in Minorca. The re-formed Pentangle debuted at the Cambridge Folk Festivalbut without a drummer, as Cox had broken his leg in a road accident. They completed a Mona Lisa - Nat King Cole - Greatest Hits (Vinyl, Album) of Italy, Australia and some venues in Germany, with Cox initially playing in a wheelchair.
Renbourn left the I Loved A Lass - Pentangle - Light Flight The Anthology to pursue a long-term ambition of studying classical music, taking up a place at Dartington College of Arts. There then followed a series of replacement personnel. In Rod Clements of Lindisfarne fame replaced Piggott before he left and Peter Kirtley assumed the role of guitarist in the following year.
This line-up completed their final tour in March—Aprilafter which Jansch left to pursue his solo work, particularly his residency at the 12 Bar Club in London's Denmark Street. The album reached the top of fRoots magazine's British folk chart.
The new five-piece band's first album Passe Avant was released on the Park Records label in In Augustsaxophonist Jerry Underwood died after an illness. The album Live In Concertreleased on GJS Records, features several of their best performances over the years between and The "new" Jacqui McShee's Pentangle line-up continued to play regularly in Great Britain in most years from through the present, as of Whilst the new Pentangle incarnations and personnel changes took the band in various musical directions, interest in the original Pentangle line-up continued, with I Loved A Lass - Pentangle - Light Flight The Anthology least nineteen compilation albums being released between and For example, in The Time Has Come — was issued.
It is a 4-CD collection of rarities, outtakes and live performances. The liner notes were by Colin Harper and Pete Paphides. Inthe — Lost Broadcasts album was released. Jo Lustig's influence had secured numerous radio appearances for the band — at least eleven broadcasts by the BBC infor example. It includes a recording of "The Name of the Game", which had been used by the BBC as a theme song for some of the Pentangle broadcasts, but had never appeared on record.
The original Pentangle formally reformed in They went on to undertake a UK tour, including a return to the Royal Festival Hall, where they had recorded the Sweet Child album forty years earlier. They went on to headline at the Green Man Festival in August There were delays in playing again due to Jansch's throat cancer.
The band recorded new material in Bert Jansch died of cancer on 5 Octoberaged Pentangle are often characterised as a I Loved A Lass - Pentangle - Light Flight The Anthology band. Danny Thompson preferred to describe the group as a " folk-jazz band. Most of the old songs that I have heard have their own internal rhythm. When we worked on those in the group, Terry Cox worked out Electric Bitch - Hell Brains - The Best Of The American Food percussion patterns to match the patterns in the songs exactly.
In that respect he was the opposite of a folk-rock drummer. Writing in The TimesHenry Raynor struggled to characterise their music: "It is not a pop group, not a folk group and not a jazz group, but what it attempts is music which is a synthesis of all these and other styles as well as interesting experiments in each of them individually. But Its All Right - Various - Music To Watch Cartoons By Townshend described their sound as "fresh and innovative.
By this time, folk music had itself moved towards rock and the use of electrified instruments, so Cruel Sister invited comparison with such works as Fairport Convention 's Liege and Lief and Steeleye Span 's Hark! The Village Wait. Pentangle is thus often described as one of the progenitors of British folk rock. In their final two albums, Three or Four Nights - Lucky Marcell & The Ramblin Three - Speed King returned to their folk-jazz roots, but by then the predominant musical taste had moved to British folk rock.
Colin Harper commented that Pentangle's "increasingly fragile music was on borrowed time and everyone knew it. Producer John Leonard said "Pentangle were one of the most influential groups of the late 20th century and it would be wrong for the awards not to recognise what an impact they had on the music scene.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Light Flight. British folk rock band. Folk-jazz folk folk rock British folk rock folk baroque. Current members Jacqui McShee - vocals—present Gerry Conway - drums —present Spencer Cozens - keyboards —present Alan Thomson - bass, guitars —present Gary Foote - flute, saxophone —present Former members Bert Jansch - guitar, vocals; reunions -; died Terry Cox - drums; reunions -Danny Thompson - double bass; reunions -John Renbourn - guitar, vocals; reunions -; died Mike Piggott - violin, guitar Nigel Portman Smith - keyboards, bass Rod Clements - mandolin, guitar Peter Kirtley - I Loved A Lass - Pentangle - Light Flight The Anthologyvocals Jerry Underwood - saxophone ; died Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Penguin Classics. Retrieved Retrieved March 27, Harper p. Archived from the original on Retrieved 4 October October 5, March 27, Eight miles high: folk-rock's flight from Haight-Ashbury to Woodstock. Backbeat Books. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved 5 April London: Guinness World Records Limited.
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Current members Jacqui McShee - vocals—present Gerry Conway - drums —present Spencer Cozens - keyboards —present Alan Thomson - bass, guitars —present Gary Foote - flute, saxophone —present.
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