Henry Lowther Band

The Henry Lowther Band was an English jazz-rock quintet that released the album Child Song on Deram in 1970. The band’s namesake trumpeter arrived at the project with a credit list that included albums by John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Wynder K. Frog, Keef Hartley Band, Colosseum, Jack Bruce, Locomotive, Michael Gibbs, and the Mike Westbrook Concert Band. Saxophonist Tony Roberts and bassist Daryl Runswick were concurrently involved in Ray Russell‘s brass-rock big band Rock Workshop. Roberts is also heard on 1970/71 albums by Galliard, Nucleus, Egg, Bill Fay, and Samurai.

Members: Henry Lowther (trumpet, flügelhorn, violin, percussion), Tony Roberts (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, percussion), Mike McNaught (electric piano, percussion), Daryl Runswick (bass guitar, double bass, percussion), Mike Travis (drums, percussion)

Lowther became a prolific sessionist during the ensuing decade, notching credits on albums by Neil Ardley, Michael Garrick, Norma Winstone, Spirogyra, Bryan Ferry, Caravan, Lynsey De Paul, Gordon Giltrap, and Barbara Thompson. In 1972, he cut an album with the brass-rock combo Coley. Drummer Mike Travis subsequently appeared on albums by Jackie McAuley, Stomu Yamash’ta, Gilgamesh, and Hugh Hopper. Runswick played on more than 50 albums during the 1970s, including mid-decade titles by Catherine Howe and Guy Skornik.


  • Child Song (1970)

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