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Tony Capstick

This York, England-born folk-singer and comic songwriter was among a spate of ‘folk comedians’ who surfaced on the united kingdom folk scene through the 70s. Among others had been Fred Wedlock, Mike Harding, Richard Digance & most effectively, Jasper Carrott and Billy Connolly. Capstick 1st documented for the Newcastle-based Plastic Records, providing paths for a humor compilation, THERE IS This Bloke (with Harding, Derek Brimstone and Expenses Barclay), his 1st solo album got an accompaniment from folk rock-band Hedgehog Pie and was an eclectic combination of skiffle (‘Goodnight Irene’), Bob Dylan (‘To Ramona’) and creditable variations of traditional tracks such as for example ‘The Foggy Dew’ and ‘Arthur McBride’. Capstick found nationwide prominence when he documented a parody of a favorite television industrial for Hovis breads. ‘Capstick Comes House’, with accompaniment from the Carlton Primary And Frickley Colliery Music group, was a shock UK Best 5 strike in 1981 on the tiny Dingle’s label. Chrysalis Information released the recording from the same name, including German and Chinese language variations of the strike melody, but neither that nor a seasonal follow-up, ‘Xmas Cracker’, had been successful. Capstick continues to be active as an area performer and radio character in South Yorkshire.

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