1984 In the BeginningEarly in 1984 Tom Foad, a guitarist from the Basingstoke rock band the Avalanche, put an advert into a local shop window. He wanted to start, as a sideline, something a little more acoustically based than his current brand of hard rock/metal, and it seemed a good way to advertise. The call was soon answered, Cathy Alexander had just moved into the area, and was looking for someone to write with as well as play a few gigs. Previously, she had performed as a solo artist at clubs and festivals, mostly in the south, singing and playing a mixture of traditional material as well as her own songs, and these items were to form the basis of the set that was played by the new duo. After a while Tom suggested that a bass player might not be a bad idea, and Cliff Eastabrook from the Avalanche, another hefty rocker with a decided Chris Squire influence, made it three. After a few rehearsals, this unnamed predecessor of the Morrigan, played two gigs, most notably one at the Swan folk club in Eversley, before Tom decided that his commitments to his other band and shortness of time must force him to retire from the scene.
At the Eversley gig, Colin Masson was
one of the audience and mightily impressed. At the time Colin's own
band, Elidor, was just breaking up. When Tom Foad decided
to call it a day, Cliff remembered a conversation he'd had with Colin at
Eversley and asked if he would be interested. The original line up
of The Morrigan (as yet, unnamed) was now complete.
The Vinery Days.....
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