Country Joe and The Bevis Frond Jam Again at the Aberdeen Alternative Festival

Joe and the Frond
Left to right:
Country Joe (with badger beard), Andy Ward, Aaron Shaw, Adrian Shaw, Nick Saloman.
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From the Aberdeen, Scotland Evening Express, Oct. 22, 1998:

Country Joe breezes in

NEIL HORNE saw Country Joe McDonald last night at His Majesty's Theatre as Part of the Aberdeen Alternative Festival.

GIVE us an "F" ... give us a "U." The legendary "F... Cheer" (invented at a 1968 Central Park performance to introduce anti-Vietnam "Fixin' to Die" anthem) was the only proper way to start the second half of the show.

Pity they couldn't have dreamed up a better way to open the first half.

I thought we'd come early. The stalls were still far from full and centre stage a badger-bearded roadie in a bandana was tuning an acoustic guitar.

"I'm Country Joe McDonald," he announced without so much as a kazoo fanfare.

"And I'm happy to be here."

It was a bit like one of those Talking Frankly tours -- with blurred recollections of psychadelia; great names like Janis Joplin, and great music from the likes of Woody Guthrie.

It was a Save the Earth, hippyish sort of first half with Shaker hymns and whaling songs and anecdotes of the Sixties.

But for a man who described himself as "older than a redwood tree" he turned the first half stroll into a second half rock 'n' roll gallop down memory lane.

He dismissed the hiccups and false starts with his barely-rehearsed backing band as "effing magic -- just like The Fish all over again."

But by the end of the all too short set they were definitely cookin' with gas and serving up tasty twin guitar solos.

One minor moan. OK, a "Hello Aberdeen" or "Nice Festival" wouldn't have hurt, Joe.

About The Bevis Frond

Nick Saloman, lead guitar
Nick Saloman is the singer/songwriter/guitarist behind the Bevis Frond, the founder of Woronzow Records and publisher of psyche-rock magazine Ptolemaic Terrascope. Having started playing in bands in the 60s, he quit for a while until the compensation from a motorcycle accident enabled him to buy a 4-track recording set up. He recorded his first album Miasma, in 1986, which received sufficient critical acclaim and sales to encourage him to take the project further. The latest Frond album is Nick's eleventh and the live line-up tours regularly in Europe and the USA.

Adrian Shaw, bass guitar
Adrian Shaw is a veteran of many bands, some well known, some not, dating back to the 1960s. Having played with such groups and artists as Hawkwind, Arthur Brown and Atomic Rooster, he was a founder member of heavy-duty psychedelic band Magic Muscle. Ade now combines running Woronzow Records with Nick, alongside a successful solo recording career and has been in the touring Bevis Frond line-up since it's inception.

Andy Ward, drums
Andy has been playing professionally since he was 14 years old. A founder member and leading light of celebrated 70s prog-rockers Camel, he also had a stint in Marillion amongst many others. Andy joined the Bevis Frond in 1994.

Aaron Shaw, keyboards/lead guitar
Aaron is 19 years old and the son of the aforementioned Adrian. He was drafted into the Bevis Frond to supplement their line-up specifically for the Country Joe gigs on both guitar and keyboards. The Country Joe dates were his first ever live performances.