Fire was an English pop-psych/folk trio that issued the freakbeat classic “Father’s Name Is Dad” (b/w “Treacle Toffee World”) on Decca, but only managed one further 7″ on the label despite a slew of recordings. With guitarist/songwriter Paul Brett, they released The Magic Shoemaker on Pye in 1970.

In 1972, frontman Dave Lambert joined the Strawbs, with whom he remained for six years and seven albums. His solo album, Framed, appeared on Polydor in 1978. The bulk of Fire’s late-’60s material — much of it unreleased at the time — is compiled on Underground And Overhead: The Alternate Fire, issued in 1997 on archivist label Tenth Planet.

Members: Dave Lambert (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Dick Dufall (bass, vocals), Bob Voice (drums, vocals)



  • “Father’s Name is Dad” / “Treacle Toffee World” (1968)
  • “Round the Gum Tree” / “Toothie Ruthie” (1968)
  • The Magic Shoemaker (1970)
  • Underground and Overhead (1997 — recorded 1968/69)


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