Dando Shaft

Dando Shaft were an English folk-psych band from Coventry that debuted with an album on Young Blood in 1970, followed by two titles on RCA in 1971/72 and a fourth on Rubber Records in 1977.  Guitarist/vocalist Kevin Dempsey and singer Polly Bolton were also part of the 1973 Christian project Blue Aquarius.

Mandocellist Martin Jenkins was involved in assorted projects led by Ian Matthews (Southern Comfort, Plainsong) and Bert Jansch (Conundrum). He also backed singer/songwriter Pete Scott and did a two-album stint with folksters Hedgehog Pie.

In 1983, Dempsey cut an album with jazz-rockers Pzazz. He subsequently reteamed with Jenkins in the folk-rock super-combo Whippersnapper. Bolton later sang in the Albion Dance Band.

Members: Martin Jenkins (mandocello, flute, violin, vocals), Kevin Dempsey (guitar, vocals), Ted Kay (percussion), Roger Bullen (bass), Dave Cooper (guitar, vocals), Polly Bolton (vocals)


  • An Evening With Dando Shaft (1970)
  • Dando Shaft (1971)
  • Lantaloon (1972)
  • Kingdom (1977)
  • Shadows Across the Moon (1989)

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