(Barbara Gaskin, Ann Rosenthal and Amanda Parsons), whose voices Dave in particular used so engagingly.
Hatfield and the North broke up last year. due to the usual reasons for the demise of innovative bands: lack of recognition, lack of industry support, poverty. Richard has teamed up once again with his cousin Dave (one of the Caravan pianists) to form Sinclair and the South. Dave and Phil now gig with pianist Alan Gowan in a lopsided experiment called The National Health. Neither of these bands is signed, nor are there any moves afoot to restore the glory that was the North.
Henry Cow’s John Greaves, to whom I am indebted for a good part of this story, says that the recorded Hatfield is vastly inferior to what they were capable of in concert. I can’t imagine it. I only know that, after two years of playing this record with outrageous frequency, it still has the power to delight me instantly as few other discs can. One of those other discs is their second album, The Rotter’s Club, but that’s another story for another time.