These Amity tunes were taken from old reel to reel tapes and scratchy vinyl records. I have, however remastered these, but given that fact that my equipment is pretty basic. There are as follows, A large cast iron kettle, half a role of barbed wire, a tent peg, 2 oval bath plugs, 3 spineless stuffed porcupines, a floundering fish tank and a 1956 diary.
The Original Amity reunion at one The Cricketers charity days
The Maultings Folk Club Farnham, was run by Colin and it is where BMW did one of it's first gigs. Cocky were a set of funny buggers. They had Picks (Keith Calton of Calton cases) on string bass. I met some fine players at this venue. There is still a great folk and blues tradition at The Maultings. I've seen Dick Gaughan, Maddy Prior, Flaco, Andy Irvine, Cara Dillon and a host of others I still can't remember.
These notes are from my speckled, checkered memory. I am awaiting an update from The Amity Brothers.
Colin and Judy Webb started performing in folk clubs in the early 60's. I remember Colin saying, he and Judy were booked to play at The Troubadour Club, London. They finished their first set with "A Froggie Went A'Courting" and in walked a stranger from the street, who asked if he might get up and play a few tunes.(Being as nobody was in). The promoter asked Colin, If he minded if this unknown fellow, might warble a few tunes. Colin politely agreed and the deed was done. This small, jewish looking chap got up and opened up with "Hello darkness my old friend" The rest is history. Colin didn't make it. Paul Simon did.
I believe the original Amity formed about 1968
The first line up of Amity I met (1976) consisted of Colin on guitar, Judy on autoharp and Dave Jeffreys on Mandolin. The band was then augmented by Russell Brown on Bass. I think at this point Dave Jeffreys left and Bill Boazman joined and left after some months. I'm not sure when John Fields (Fiddle) joined, but I remember the line up as Colin and Judy, Russ, John Field, Roger Leigh, guitar and Vince Salsbury on drums. Later that decade, Roger left and I joined. Roger, sadly is no longer with us.