It all began in 1967. Maidenhead was
a hotbed of indifference, and young people had nowhere to go
the Dolphin folk club was born. Poetry, music, discussion, frantic
antics, drugs and sex...
Roy, Tony and Robert form Heron.
Folk music was a natural
magnet to songwriters and performers who had little experience,
but lots of enthusiasm.
of the Incredibles, Dylan and the like, their songwriting
talent soon started to appear.
Martin Hayward and GT Moore cross paths with Heron at. Maidenhead
folk club, Windsor College etc. Messing about with penny-whistles,
flutes, violins, half a bongo –
their experiments with sound all lead to a deal with Dawn
Label. Heron becomes Roy, Tony and GT.
Steve Jones – accordion in hand (it’s too loud
man!) - joins to rehearse at Appleford in Berks, and record
Bob Dylan's "Hobo" as single at Pye studios...
...Heron don’t enjoy the studio experience
– everyone too “fragile” creatively to cope
- so decide to record only in fields!
"HERON" DNLS 3010 the album is born...
is a runaway failure, so compound problem by recording a double
album for the price of one - with session pals Terry Gittings
and Mike Finesilver.
loses impetus – joins Shusha (minus Steve but plus Martin)
Time passes - the rest
of the world think it’s all over – but what do
70’s early 80’s Heron (plus Steve minus Martin)
teams up with Terry Clarke to gig folk clubs and Elephant Fair
(elephants do forget...)
Record new cassette – for promotion and sale. "Open
up the Road"
drift from GT Moore, leading to gigs with Big Tom Robinson
– (Tom where are you?)
This particular line up leads to recording at Steve’s
studio – before it closes –a new collection based
on some gig songs – “Hystorical” 1991
More quiet spells. Terry leaves to follow solo career. Enthusiasm
wanes – gigs drop to one or two a year – mainly
West Dean College
"River of Fortune" CD
Fast forward a few
Holiday to Black Dog results in trip down memory lane –
“getting it together again” and reliving the ’72
experience with new member Gerry Power to produce not only
30 songs old and new, but also a video documentary.
"In a Field of Their Own"
"Black Dog" CD
All this leads to website, contacting fans
worldwide – who’d a’ thought? – and
the unenvious task of getting noticed amidst the millions
of other hopefuls. But hey!! – we’re still kicking
HERON music is largely
acoustic, pastoral and distinctly English.
”...unashamedly romantic, the music still sounds immediate.”
Tim Forster (MOJO)
Their music is perfect for creating that
laid back, “no worries” feeling - the sound of
HERON ringing out over a summer’s sunny day brings a
sense of security into an insecure world...