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Blodwyn Pig
Blodwyn Pig
 
Jack Lancaster - saxophones, flute & violin
Ron Berg - drums
Mick Abrahams - guitar & vocals
Andy Pyle - bass
 

In 1967 Mick Abrahams co-founded Jethro Tull with Ian Anderson but left shortly after the release of their debut album, ''This Was''. Abrahams then formed Blodwyn Pig, with Jack Lancaster on saxophones, flute and violin, Andy Pyle on bass and Ron Berg on drums. They performed at the Isle of Wight and the Reading rock festivals and did two US tours playing at both Fillmores and the LA Forum. Lancaster would play two saxes simultaneously during live performances. Their debut album, Ahead Rings Out, charted at number 9 and their second album, Getting To This, went to number 8 on the UK charts.

Abrahams quit the band in 1970 because of musical differences. He was replaced by Barry Reynolds and then former Yes guitarist Peter Banks, who went on to form Flash. This quintet was short lived and only managed three or four gigs. The guitarist Larry Wallis then joined the band and it was renamed to Lancaster's Bombers then shortened to Lancaster and they toured with Yes in 1971. They never recorded an album and soon disbanded. Wallis would go on to UFO, Pink Fairies and then Motorhead. Abrahams went on to form The Mick Abrahams Band and released two albums, "A Musical Evening With Mick Abrahams" in 1971 and "At Last" in 1972. Blodwyn Pig reformed in 1974 with Clive Bunker on drums, but differences resulted in another split and Abrahams withdrew from the music business. Lancaster and Bunker formed the band Aviator in 1978. Pyle and Berg formed the rhythm sections of Juicy Lucy and Savoy Brown, and Pyle would go on to play with The Kinks and Wishbone Ash. In 1987 Abrahams revived the band with a different line-up and released several albums during the nineties.

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Ahead Rings Out

Ahead Rings Out

1969

Getting To This

Getting To This

1970

Lies

Lies

1993

All Tore Down

All Tore Down

1994

Pig In The Middle

Pig In The Middle

1996

The Basement Tapes

The Basement Tapes

2000

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