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Third Ear Band

Band, 1968-1993 GB, Canterbury
World and Folk
A.k.a. National-Balkan Ensemble

British experimental rock and folk cross-culture band. The Third Ear Band were rooted in 1960's London underground scene, and stem from two bands: 1. the duo Giant Sun Trolley: Glen Sweeney (percussion) and Dave Tomlin (guitar, violin, voice), and 2. a parallel band called Hydrogen Jukebox: Glen Sweeney (percussion), Barry Edgar Pilcher (sax), Dick Dadem (trombone) and Clive Kingsley (guitar). The Third Ear Band started life circa 1967/68 as a some sort of psychedelic rock and jazz group, although no recordings are known. After a concert at the Middle Earth Club in July 1969 when a lot of their equipment was stolen, the guitarist called it a day, but the rest of the band decided to keep on. But, what to do? They had no money. Soon, after a total rethink the all acoustic Third Ear Band was born, featuring: hand drums, violin/viola, oboe/recorder, and cello. Unquestionably the strangest band on the Harvest label, and enthusiastically championed by DJ John Peel, the Third Ear Band invented a new genre of instrumental music, rooted in the medieval, but with Eastern ethnic elements and aesthetically "rock" avant-garde. Their most famous release is the soundtrack to Roman Polanski's "Macbeth". During the 1970's the band went through numerous changes, mostly only documented by live appearances and radio sessions. In the 1980's they reformed for a special one-off at an Italian festival, after which a new Third Ear Band existed for more years than the original, recording several more albums.

PortraitLyn Dobson
fl, ts, ss GB
PortraitPaul Buckmaster
vc, eb *1946 GB
Paul Minns
ob, rec GB
PortraitSimon House
vn, syn *1948 GB
Allen Samuel
Mick Carter
g GB
PortraitGlen Sweeney
dr, tab GB
Richard Coff
vn, vl GB
Denim Bridges
g GB
Mel Davis
vc GB
Ursula Smith
Mike Marchant
g, voc
Popular Tracks   
Fleance on Music From Macbeth by Third Ear Band
Stone Circle - 2019 Remaster on Alchemy by Third Ear Band
Earth - 2018 Remaster on Third Ear Band - Elements 1970-71 by Third Ear Band
Ghetto Raga - 2019 Remaster on Alchemy by Third Ear Band
Lark Rise - 2019 Remaster on Alchemy by Third Ear Band
Air - 2018 Remaster on Third Ear Band - Elements 1970-71 by Third Ear Band
Mosaic - 2019 Remaster on Alchemy by Third Ear Band
Druid One - 2019 Remaster on Alchemy by Third Ear Band
The Banquet on Music From Macbeth by Third Ear Band
Overture: Macbeth on Music From Macbeth by Third Ear Band

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Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
Elements 1970-1971Third Ear Band2018Album
SpiritsThird Ear Band2017Album
ExorcismsThird Ear Band2016Album
Mosaic A Tribute to Third Ear BandThird Ear Band V Roberto Musci2016Album
Necromancers Of The Drifting WestThird Ear Band2015Compil.
The Lost BroadcastsThird Ear Band2011Album
Alchemy / ElementsThird Ear Band2004Compil.
The MagusThird Ear Band2004Album
Hymn To The SphynxThird Ear Band2001Compil.
Songs From The Hydrogen JukeboxThird Ear Band1998Compil.
Necromancers Of The Drifting WestThird Ear Band1997Album
Magic MusicThird Ear Band1997Album
LiveThird Ear Band1996Album
Radio SessionThird Ear Band1994Album
Brain WavesThird Ear Band1993Album
Magic MusicThird Ear Band1990Album
Live GhostsThird Ear Band1989Album
ExperiencesThird Ear Band1976Compil.
Music From MacbethThird Ear Band1972Album
FleanceThird Ear Band1972Single
Third Ear BandThird Ear Band1970Album
AlchemyThird Ear Band1969Album
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