Marian Segal Band


After the collapse of Jade, in 1972 Dave and Marian returned to the road and with Canadian Lee Oliphant on bass; they began touring as ‘The Marian Segal Trio’. Later that year, the trio was briefly augmented by Colin Edmonds on congas. Then in 1973, they became a four piece with Dave Morris (ex-Guys and Dolls) on drums. Rehearsing for some time at their old, familiar, haunt, The Nag’s Head in Battersea, they then went out, picking up on some of the previous Jade bookings, and also gaining new venues. The Marian Segal Band worked hard for the next few years, touring the UK and Europe, including concerts with Labi Siffre and Peter Sarstedt; appearing on a TV series with Sidney Carter (of ‘Lord of The Dance’ fame); and receiving positive support from London’s Capitol Radio, with whom they recorded some live studio sessions. In 1974, they were booked to play on ‘The Golden Hinde 11’ (replica of the original Golden Hinde) when it was docked in London. 

Musical fashions had changed, however, and by 1975, the band’s sound was out of step with the prevailing trends. Furthermore, the expense and stress of touring forced an end to what had become an unviable project. It was a difficult decision, as the band were good friends and got along well.  (Their friendships have survived the years.) Several previously unheard recordings made by The Marian Segal Band can be found on disc three of the Jade Anthology.

Excerpts from: ‘No Sense of Time’ by Richard Allen June 2017