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The folksy five-piece Heron proved popular on the festival circuit in the early 70s with their gentle songs of love.


Their debut self-titled album (1970) was recorded in an English country garden, which accounts for the bird calls both within the songs and within the segues between them.

The songs were also recorded live, which adds to the soft and beautiful ambience of the LP – released on the Dawn label (the prog subsidiary of Pye Records).

They cut a second album for Dawn – the double album Twice As Nice At Half The Price (1971) – which, again, was mostly recorded outdoors (outside a country cottage) which gives the album a unique atmosphere.

The group split up soon after their second album but returned to that very same country garden in Devon in 1999 to cut a 30th-anniversary album.

Michael Cooper
Vocals, guitar
Gerald “GT” Moore
Guitar, mandolin, keyboards, vocals
Roy Apps
Guitar, keyboards, vocals
Martin Hayward
Steve Jones
Tony Pook
Vocals, percussion
Bill Boazman
Guitar, vocals
Mike Finesilver
Terry Gittins