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Photos above from left to right:

Jim Bisset – acoustic guitar, electric guitar and vocals

Simon Jaquet – acoustic guitar, mandolin, clarinet, bongos and vocals

Angela Naylor – vocals and recorder

Sam Wilson – acoustic guitar, electric bass and vocals

Ken Patterson – acoustic guitar, keyboards, cello and vocals

In 1978 on Stage



Ken Patterson.

Ken played ‘cello and piano from the age of eight. Both were taught in a very formal led by reading exercises and exams. It was teaching himself with his first guitar at the age of fourteen that opened open the world of chords and harmony to him. He played in various ‘Gospel bands’ at school and developed the ability to accompany by ear. He was initially a vet student at Edinburgh but changed to Biological Sciences after two years of resitting exams. He specialised in Psychology in his honours year.
During Caedmon’s Edinburgh Fringe appearances, he worked in The Netherbow’s restaurant and hatched a plan to work with food. After a 18 months as an underbuyer in Fenwicks of Newcastle he set up shop in Rothbury, Northumberland with ‘The Old Sun Country Kitchen’ a tearoom. After three successful years, and becoming Egon Ronay recommended, he trained as a primary school teacher.
In 1984 he had is first job as a teacher in Newcastle. Music started to lead his career path again in 1991 when he became advisory teacher for primary music in the Newcastle LEA. He introduced steel bands in a large number of schools, and contributed to National Curriculum working parties. Community music became a major strand with Pineapple Agogo, The Heaton Peoples Band / Tenth Avenue Band and various teenage bands.
In 2000 he became a freelance musician working closely with Folkworks, The Sage Gateshead and co-directing ‘4 Corners World Music Network’ with Richard Scott (Grand Union Orchestra).
In 2004 he started acting with Theatre Sans Frontieres, touring nationally, and has written the music for a number of their shows.

Caedmon Appearances

Caedmon played throughout Scotland from 1973 – 1978 including Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasglow, and Stirling; and in Bedfordshire, Hull, Manchester, and Whitley Bay in England.


The gigs
‘73 – ‘75 gigs
‘75 – ‘76 gigs
’76 – ’77 gigs

Writing process

Caedmon’s repertoire was initially a pool of songs that we had heard other bands playing.
The later material was mostly written by individuals in the band which were then arranged in rehearsal.
On some occasions the band got together for a weekend or week away and wrote by jamming and pooling ideas: ‘The Storm’ and ‘The Garden’ are examples, tracks which were not so much songs as compositions. It was the era of symphonic rock: Yes, Genesis and others were writing longer pieces.

Caedmon Repertoire

1973 – 1975

      • ‘Said Jesus to The Willow’ Traditional
      • ‘Sing Aloud’
      • ‘Now the Green Blade Rises’ John Crum 15th Century French Melody
      • ‘Born to Die’
      • ‘Pack up Your Sorrows’ Richard Farina
      • ‘Jesus is Alive Today’
      • ‘Guns and War’
      • ‘A Song Won’t Stop the World’ Larry Norman
      • ‘Holly and the Ivy’ Traditional
      • ‘Swing Low’ Traditional
      • ‘Death Knot’ Lance Stone / Jaquet
      • ‘Standing with Open Hands Before You Lord’
      • ‘Get in Line Brother’ Flatt and Scruggs
      • ‘I’ll Fly Away’ Traditional

1975 – 1978

      • ‘London Psalm’ Sam Wilson[*]
      • ‘Caedmon’s Song’ Ken Patterson
      • ‘Columba’s Song’ Jim Bisset
      • ‘Tears May Linger’ Simon Jaquet
      • ‘We Are Going to the Garden’ Caedmon
      • ‘Sea Song’ Simon Jaquet
      • ‘Heaven Haven’ Gerard Manley Hopkins / Simon Jaquet
      • ‘Flower’ Ken Patterson
      • ‘Ivory Tower’ Jim Bisset
      • ‘Worlds and Friends’ Ken Patterson and Jim Bisset
      • ‘Aslan’ Simon Jaquet
      • ‘The Garden’ Caedmon
      • ‘Sunchild’ Jim Bisset
      • ‘Caedmon’s Hymn’ Translated from original text Caedmon / Bisset
      • ‘Maker Man’ Ken Patterson
      • ‘Ten Maidens Fair’ Ken Patterson
      • ‘Living in The Sunshine’ Jim Bisset
      • ‘The Storm’ Caedmon
      • ‘Beyond the Second Mile’ Sam Wilson
      • ‘Death of a Fox’ Jim Bisset
      • ‘Smile upon Your Face’ Simon Jaquet
      • ‘Give me Jesus’ traditional spiritual

[*] Footnote from Sam: Since London Psalm appeared on the Caedmon Live album credited to me I’ve always had this guilty feeling that I had to put the credit right but didn’t know how. The words to London Psalm apppeared as a poem in Buzz Magazine sometime in, I’d guess, 1972 or 73. I rapidly forgot who had written it and lost the magazine. I’ve been unable to find the original poet ever since, and so far Google hasn’t helped. We do seem to figure on more compilations than I was aware of – Looking for London Psalm again I found another – search for “psalm” on this page <>

The 1978 Original Album:

01. Ten Maidens Fair, Ken Patterson
02. Maker Man, Ken Patterson
03. Death Of A Fox, Jim Bisset
04. Sea Song, Simon Jaquet
05. Aslan, Simon Jaquet
06. Beyond The Second Mile, Sam Wilson
07. Living In The Sunshine, Jim Bisset
08. Storm, Caedmon (the band)
09. Columba’s Song, Jim Bisset
10. Smile On Your Face, Simon Jaquet
11. Caedmon’s Hymn, Caedmon (the poet) & Jim Bisset
12. Give Me Jesus, traditional spiritual

The Studio

The album was recorded in a tiny home studio in Edinburgh – known to aficionados as ‘Barclay Towers’. No idea what kind of technology was involved, save the incessant fiddling with EQ to try and filter out the buzz of a fluorescent light strip over the cooker that was inadvertently left on during one take.

We recorded over two successive Sundays and mixed at a third session. It was four track reel to reel recording ……. live with occasional overdubs.


For us as musicians, highlights included using a cup and teaspoon to create the latin style percussion on ‘Maker Man’.

For the recording we borrowed Ever After’s Fender Rhodes but still depended upon my own Crumar Compac Piano which had three sounds: piano, clavichord and harpsichord. I bought it for £100 second hand. There was no touch sensitivity, but it seemed very modern at the time. All organ type sounds were played using the piano setting whilst sliding the volume control from 0 (when hitting the key) to the appropriate volume, to avoid the attack at the start of the note.

‘I played an Ibanez classical guitar on Maker Man that was bought in 1969. I sold my ‘Smiley Joe’ banjolele to raise money for the transaction. I’ve recently been buying ukuleles again to use in primary school work in my region!

The cello was a German instrument from around 1890.

The Album Sleeve

I designed the sleeve with a black Rotring pen on 3 sheets of paper, one for red print, one for brown and one for gold. The Kissing Spell CD replaced gold with green. The buff base colour was intended to be lighter, but inexperience or miscommunication with Blackwoods the printers (famous for The Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, 1817 – 1980) resulted in the colour that collectors now own. I had a few books of celtic designs as well as having an interest in Roger Dean (Yes album covers) and storybook illustration (Arthur Rackham, Mabel Lucie Attwell, Charles Heath Robinson & Bilibin), these influences are more evident on Charisma Folk Club posters from the time.

Sam handwrote the sleeve notes and Angela the lyric sheet insert.

The single was included because the intended six tracks per side on a vinyl LP proved impossible to produce and we didn’t want to leave tracks 6 and 12 unreleased’. Ken Patterson.

Ken and Angela first started Caedmon in 1973.

For the next five years, the band played across the UK, changing personnel and vans, and finally playing our farewell concert in Edinburgh in 1978. As a keepsake for ourselves and our fans, we recorded a wee album over a couple of weekends, pressed 500 and sold them at cost price at the farewell concert.

The rest, as they say, is history.

New Caedmon web site

With all the hype and the misinformation that seems to have followed it, we found ourselves obliged to set the record straight. And what better way than our own web site.…