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BEGGARS' HILL

This is the story of the Beggars' Hill folk-rock album from 1976 which is now much sought-after by collectors of vinyl records. In 2010 it was professionally restored and officially released on CD for the first time by Talking Elephant Records.


The Group - (in alphabetical order)

These notes relate to 1976 when the album was produced. For those of us who have given details of our lives since then, click the "Life after Beggars' Hill" links, where available.

Jo Battley (now Jo Walker) - lead vocals (3 tracks) - Life after Beggars' Hill

Jo Battley was the lead singer with Flyntlocke during its brief existence from 1971 to 1972. Following studies at Ewell Technical College, she temporarily left the local music scene to study at the University of Surrey for a BSc degree in Human Sciences. She returned for the recording session, and sang lead vocals on three of the songs from the Flyntlocke era, "Cannily, Cannily", "Who Knows Where The Time Goes?", and "If You'd Been There". She lived at Stoneleigh and was 21 when the Beggars' Hill album was released.

John ("JM") Davis - 12-string guitar, dulcimer, whistle, banjo, vocals (11 tracks) - Life after Beggars' Hill

John Davis (whose nickname was his initials "JM" - for John Mark) had been at Glyn Grammar School, Epsom, with Peter, Marc and Dave. He was also in Flyntlocke, and followed this by forming a duo with Marc Isherwood. He then became a founder member of the King Bill Folk Club, with Chris Walker and Dave Frohnsdorff. When the Folk Club closed, JM and Dave continued as a trio with Robin Hamilton. During this time, he studied for a BSc in Electronics at Kingston Polytechnic. JM appears on all eleven tracks, singing lead vocals on "Jack Hall" and "Poor Ditching Boy". He lived at Banstead and was 23 when the Beggars' Hill album was released.

Laura Dixon - flute (1 track)

Laura Dixon was the daughter of a work colleague of Dave's mother. She was studying for A-levels in Geography, English and Politics. On the album she played flute on "Let It Be Me". She lived at Ewell and was 17 when the Beggars' Hill album was released.

Dave Frohnsdorff - acoustic guitar, bass guitar, autoharp, concertina, vocals (11 tracks) - Life after Beggars' Hill

Dave Frohnsdorff was at Glyn Grammar School, Epsom, with JM, Peter and Marc. He was also in Flyntlocke, and following this formed a duo with Chris Walker. He then became a founder member of the King Bill Folk Club, with Chris Walker and JM Davis. When the Folk Club closed, Dave and JM continued as a trio with Robin Hamilton. Having abandoned a Civil Engineering course at the University of Surrey, Dave switched to a Graduate Diploma course in Building Surveying at the Polytechnic of the South Bank, while working as a Trainee Building Surveyor for the Greater London Council. Dave appears on all eleven tracks, singing lead vocals on "Here's To The Last To Die", "When Will I Be Loved?" and "Wild Rover". He lived at Ewell and was 23 when the Beggars' Hill album was released.

Robin Hamilton - fiddle, mandolin, electric mandolin, vocals (6 tracks)

Robin Hamilton lived at Leatherhead and was introduced to the group through a mutual friend in 1974. He joined JM, Chris and Dave as a quartet at the King Bill Folk Club, continuing afterwards as a trio without Chris. He was working as a trainee musical instrument maker at the Royal College of Furniture.

Marc Isherwood - bass guitar, piano, vocals (3 tracks) - Life after Beggars' Hill

Marc Isherwood had been at Glyn Grammar School, Epsom, with JM, Peter and Dave. He was also in Flyntlocke, and followed this by forming a duo with JM. He worked in Electronics, designing, repairing and servicing sophisticated hospital equipment. On the Beggars Hill album, he played bass guitar on "Cannily, Cannily" and "If You'd Been There", and piano on "Let It Be Me". He lived at Epsom and was 23 when the Beggars' Hill album was released.

Pete Roberts - drums, percussion, bongos (5 tracks)

Pete Roberts studied Building Surveying at Ewell Technical College, where he met Jo, Chris and Peter. He joined Flyntlocke in 1972 just before the concerts at Ewell Tech. At about the time the Beggars' Hill album was released, he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor, living at Blackheath and working in London. On the album, he plays on two of the tracks from the Flyntlocke era, "Cannily, Cannily" and "If You'd Been There", as well as adding the percussion to imitate a marching band on "Here's To The Last To Die".

John Rodd - concertina (2 tracks)

John Rodd was a friend of JM, Chris and Dave from the Fighting Cocks Folk Club at Kingston-upon-Thames, and was a member of Dunedain, Antic Hey and the Albion Dance Band. His trio, Antic Hey, had been the main act twice at the King Bill Folk Club. When a concertina player was needed for the Beggars' Hill album, John was the obvious choice, playing on "New St George" and "Here's To The Last To Die". John lived at Raynes Park and worked at Kingston Hospital, having studied Biochemistry at the University of Surrey.

Peter Sharp - electric guitar (2 tracks) - Life after Beggars' Hill

Peter Sharp was at Glyn Grammar School, Epsom, with JM, Dave and Marc, then attended Ewell Technical College with Jo, where he also met Chris and Pete. He was also in Flyntlocke, and on the album he adds mellow electric guitar to Jo's vocals on "Who Knows Where The Time Goes?". On "Poor Ditching Boy", which JM, Chris and Dave had performed acoustically at the King Bill Folk Club, Peter's stinging electric guitar adds some power and bite. He lived at Epsom, was working at Epsom District Hospital and was, for many years, a healthcare practitioner. He was 23 when the Beggars' Hill album was released.

Neil Stanford - electric guitar (1 track) - Life after Beggars' Hill

Neil was a member of Fiddler's Dram and a friend of Peter's from Epsom. He played electric guitar on the old Everly Brothers song "When Will I Be Loved?", and was also due to play on "Fire And Wine", which unfortunately had to be abandoned because of difficulties and time constraints at the recording session. Neil was training to be an English teacher, and was 23 when the Beggars' Hill album was released.

Chris Walker - acoustic guitar, vocals (5 tracks) - Life after Beggars' Hill

Chris Walker had been at Ewell Technical College with Jo, Peter and Pete, and helped Flyntlocke as roadie and sound engineer for the second concert at Ewell Tech. After Flyntlocke split up, Chris formed a duo with Dave, before combining with JM Davis to run the King Bill Folk Club, and adding Robin Hamilton to form a quartet. Chris then temporarily left the local music scene as he studied at Goldsmith's College, Lewisham, to become a drama teacher. On the album, Chris sang lead vocals on "New St George", "Let It Be Me" and "Sailor Home From The Sea". He lived at Cheam and was 24 when the Beggars' Hill album was released.


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Jo Battley & Laura Dixon
Jo Battley & Laura Dixon

JM Davis
JM Davis

Dave Frohnsdorff & Pete Roberts
Dave Frohnsdorff & Pete Roberts

Marc Isherwood
Marc Isherwood

John Rodd
John Rodd

Neil Stanford
Neil Stanford