Dave Waite & Marianne Segal, 1967-1970
Before the legendary 70s UK folk rock band Jade, there was a folk duo - Dave Waite and Marian Segal. Well known on the live circuit of the mid to late 60s, Dave and Marian slung their guitars in the boot of their Triumph and travelled the Universities and folk clubs of England at a time when folk was groovy and Carnaby Street was still swinging.
Their music was a fusion of English and American contemporary folk artists such as John Renbourn, Bert Jansch, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, The Mamas and The Papas and Peter, Paul and Mary but it also contained a spark of ever-so-English vocal purity that gave the duo a sound more suited to the label "folk pop".
Whilst searching Marianne's archives for the re-issue of Jade's Fly On Strangewings album, a whole batch of tapes were uncovered that contained recordings by Dave and Marian recorded whilst they were a duo between early summer 1968 and the summer of 1970. Further searching revealed three fully arranged and orchestrated tracks in the vaults of Jade Producer Jon Miller. Together these tapes revealed a whole previously unreleased collection by Dave and Marian. This collection of songs was issued in 2004 by Lightning Tree under the title Paper Flowers and as such it is a glimpse at one of the great lost UK folk albums of the 1960s.
In part comparable to Sandy Denny and The Strawbs and with the folk pop sensibilities of US West Coast contemporaries such as The Mamas and Papas, Paper Flowers is a rare acoustic snapshot of an era known more for its volume and wild theatrics than for its gentle rustic melodies. Paper Flowers is the sound of summer days in Hampstead, beautiful people, beautiful clothes, incense, innocence and mythic 60s mystery. Marianne and Dave weave magical harmonies on original and contemporary '60s folk material and fans of 60s psychedelia, pop or folk will find much to enjoy on this timeless release. Remastered from the only surviving tapes the album contains fully detailed sleeve notes by Dave as well as contemporary photographs.