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Tudor Lodge

Formed: September 22 1968

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Tudor Lodge

Tudor Lodge is an English folk music ensemble, which was formed in 1968, featuring John Stannard and Roger Strevens. The group started playing at the White Horse in Reading, England, and later made appearances at other clubs on the folk circuit. In 1969 Lyndon Green replaced Strevens and within a year, they were joined by the American singer and flautist, Ann Steuart. Tudor Lodge then toured the English folk circuit for over two years, playing at numerous venues, including the legendary Troubadour and Les Cousins clubs in London, where they played alongside artists including Ralph McTell, Al Stewart, Mike Cooper and John Martyn. Tudor Lodge also played support for Genesis, Fairport Convention, or Steeleye Span.

Teaming up with manager Karl Blore towards the end of 1970, Tudor Lodge signed by Vertigo Records and their first album released in 1971: Tudor Lodge on Vertigo Records., after which the band played at larger venues, including the Cambridge Folk Festival and the Weeley Festival in Clacton. Weeley attracted 150,000 people and including Mungo Jerry, Barclay James Harvest, Mott the Hoople, the Pink Fairies and Brinsley Schwarz in the line-up.

Tired from constant touring and with little money, Ann left the band in November 1971. A six-week tour of the Netherlands had been scheduled for January and February 1972 and Linda Peters replaced Ann. On their return, Linda left to pursue a musical career with Richard Thompson. Linda's departure signaled a temporary end to Tudor Lodge.

In the spring of 1972, Lyndon travelled to Berlin with Mike Silver, where he spent the next year playing gigs and recording album tracks with Mike as well as with the American John Vaughan. In 1981 Ann, Lyndon and John got together to play a reunion show and John and Lyndon decided to resurrect Tudor Lodge, recruiting Lynne Whiteland and performing regularly. In 1988, Lyndon moved to Japan and John and Lynne starting playing and recording as a duo. In 1999 Tudor Lodge played two successful gigs in Tokyo, where Whiteland and Stannard were joined on stage by Green and Japanese musicians Bice (keyboard and vocals) and Shimizu Hirotaka (bass). Tudor Lodge continue to play at folk clubs and festivals in the South of England.

In 2013 John Stannard released his first solo album, under the name John Cee entitled the 'The Doob Doo Album'
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