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Mellow Candle

Mellow Candle were a progressive folk rock band. Principally Irish, the members were also unusually young, Clodagh Simonds (the main writer) being only 15 and Alison Bools and Maria White 16, and still at school, at the time of their first single, "Feelin' High", released in 1968 on SNB Records. By 1972, they were joined by Dave Williams on guitar, Frank Boylan on bass, and William Murray on drums and they released their only album, Swaddling Songs (Deram Records), which was commercially unsuccessful. They moved from Dublin to London, but were unable to get much work, being neither fo ...read more

Mellow Candle were a progressive folk rock band. Principally Irish, the members were also unusually young, Clodagh Simonds (the main writer) being only 15 and Alison Bools and Maria White 16, and still at school, at the time of their first single, "Feelin' High", released in 1968 on SNB Records. By 1972, they were joined by Dave Williams on guitar, Frank Boylan on bass, and William Murray on drums and they released their only album, Swaddling Songs (Deram Records), which was commercially unsuccessful. They moved from Dublin to London, but were unable to get much work, being neither folky enough for folk clubs, nor mainstream enough for rock venues. Boylan left and was replaced by Steve Borrill (ex-Spirogyra), but this meant the chemistry lost balance, and the band split up shortly afterwards, in 1973. Original vinyl copies of Swaddling Songs are now very valuable. After the band's dissolution, Simonds worked with Thin Lizzy, Jade Warrior, and Mike Oldfield. Boylan played with Gary Moore, while Murray contributed to albums by Kevin Ayers, Amazing Blondel, Mike Oldfield, and Paul Kossoff, and toured with Richard & Linda Thompson. Stephen Malkmus is a big fan and covered "The Poet And The Witch" in 2003. « hide


Swaddling Songs
1972

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