Medicine Head

Medicine Head was an English rock combo led by multi-instrumentalists John Fiddler and Peter Hope Evans. In 1970, they signed to John Peel’s Dandelion Records label for three albums, including their 1972 third release Dark Side of the Moon, produced by Keith Relf (Yardbirds, Renaissance), who briefly joined as bassist. They released six albums total, including two on Polydor (1973–74) and a final title on Barn Records (Two Man Band, 1976). The title track to their 1973 album “One and One Is One” reached No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart.

Members: John Fiddler (vocals, guitar, piano, drums), Peter Hope-Evans (harmonica, jew’s harp, mouthbow, 1968-71, 1972-77), Keith Relf (bass, 1971-72), Roger Saunders (guitar, 1973-74), Rob Townsend (drums, 1973-74), George Ford (bass, 1973-74)

Fiddler and Hope-Evans first partnered at Wednesfield Grammar School in Wolverhampton. After teaming a second time at Stafford Art School, they hit the Birmingham club and pub circuit as a blues-rock duo.


  • New Bottles Old Medicine (1970)
  • Heavy on the Drum (1971)
  • Dark Side of the Moon (1972)
  • One and One Is One (1973)
  • Thru’ a Five (1974)
  • Two Man Band (1976)
  • Don’t Stop to Dance (archival, 2005)


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