Tim Hart of Steeleye Span has died of lung cancer aged 61. That’s him on the left in front, and this photo, from the Grauniad website, has the bottom half cropped so you can’t see the rollup in his hand. From the obituary: “Their [Steeleye's] novelty Christmas release, Gaudete, led to a collaboration with Mike Batt, the creator of the Wombles pop act, who produced their eighth album, All Around My Hat (1975): the title track reached No 5 in the UK singles charts. Further hits eluded the band…”
Well, I like All Around My Hat a lot, but as many people don’t, I thought we could listen to Gaudete instead. ‘Tis the season, and all that. I expect it’s the being in Latin that’s the novelty.