Al Stewart, Folk and Rock in Hull!

Opher's World

The first time I heard Al Stewart was when I bought Jackson C Frank’s wonderful groundbreaking album simply call Jackson C Frank, in 1965. What a wonderful album that was. It was at the forefront of the British contemporary Folk Scene along with the likes of Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Donovan and Roy Harper. It was produced by Paul Simon long before he was well-know and featured a young Al Stewart on second guitar on a couple of tracks.

I went on to frequent Bunjies and Les Cousins, as part of my merry experiences of the sixties, and came across Al Stewart many times and greatly enjoyed him too.

My main focus was the fiery Roy Harper with his incredible power and lyrics of social criticism.

Al was a force back in those heady days. At one point I remember Melody Maker pitting him against Roy in one of their…

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