Wow, I wasn’t expecting this when I bought it. Judy Dyble (of Fairport fame) and Jackie MacAuley (ex Them) signed up to PYE’s newly formed DAWN label to produce their only release together. The result was an album that has a reputation as one of the unsung musical treasure of the 1970’s and deservedly so. It is a charming and magical album that gives you something new on each listening. While Judy was replaced by Sandy Denny after the first Fairport album (a great album at that), there was no embarrassment at being replaced by someone of Denny’s greatness. This album shows that she was not out of place in the company of Denny, Maddy Prior, Marian Segal and June Tabor. The name ‘Trader Horne’ came from the DJ John Peel, whose beloved nanny – Florence Horne – was nicknamed ‘Trader’ by his father.
Jackie MacAuley’s (vocals, guitar, harpsichord, organ, piano, flute, congas and celeste) with Judy Dyble (vocals, electric auto-harp and piano) blend some fantastic music together effortlessly with their sublime vocals and harmonies. MacAuley wrote most of the songs in a folk rock pop style, but trying to pigeon hole this music really does do it an injustice.
I suggest you listen to this album with something nice and mellow in a glass, the lights turned down very low and the volume set relatively high. If this doesn’t make you happy, then you may need to consider some chemical assistance.
Trader Horne - Morning way
TITLE: Morning way
ARTIST: Trader Horne
LABEL: Janus Records
CAT NO: JLS 3012
FORMAT: Vinyl gatefold LP album
GENRE: Folk Rock