David Favis-Mortlock & Joanna Davies

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The Worcester Brawles

This was a folk-dance band, formed in 1977, by Mark Powell who played several instruments, and Viola Powell on vocals and dulcimer. Then Pete Kenna joined, playing guitar, and after that I joined to play fiddle, mandolin, recorder, whistle etc. I joined as a result of an advert which I had placed in Melody Maker. If I hadn't joined Mark's band in Banbury, then I might well have moved to Yorkshire since I rather liked a single which Yorkshire-based Tim Moon has sent in response to my ad. But it was Mark Powell's Fairport Convention connection that clinched the choice for me.

So The Worcester Brawles became my first band in Banbury, the first of several. Actually I found the name to be slightly bizarre, given that I'd just moved from Worcester.

But we didn't last long as a group. The Worcester Brawles did just a few gigs together before Pete and I went on to The Rollright Stones. Mark Powell later played in several other bands then became the recording engineer at Dave Pegg's Woodworm Studios. He is now a member of the successful 'mediaeval world music' group Serpentyne, and is still a good friend. I've learned a lot from him.