Doggerel Bank
by Ronald P. Kane & Mark J. Moerman

Without a doubt, one of the most unknown of the wonderful Charisma artists would have to be Doggerel Bank, a group featuring an eccentric poet with equally eccentric musical backing. The center of the group was William Bealby-Wright, a poet from the Isle of Man (i.e. a Manx) and former leader of The Barrow Poets, a music and poetry aggregation who made records from roughly the mid-60ís to the early 70ís, with albums on Fontana and Argo as well as privately pressed records.

After two wonderful LPís on Charisma, the only sighting of William Bealby-Wright was with another Charisma artist, Sir John Betjeman, on an Argo LP from 1976. Internet searches reveal that Mr. Bealby-Wright is still alive and engaged in the important work of limericks! Jim Parker, who is largely responsible for the music on the Doggerel Bank LPs, also did the musical backing on Betjemanís four Charisma LPs. Producer Hugh Murphy, best known for his work with Gerry Rafferty, also produced a number of Charisma singles by a wide range of artists, and had earlier helmed some wonderful progressive rock with Gracious! for Vertigo.


Selected discography of The Barrow Poets and William Bealby-Wright:

AN ENTERTAINMENT OF POETRY

ARGO UK

RG 360

LP

1963

FOLK RHYMES, TUNES AND VERSES

FONTANA UK

STL 5479

LP

1968

JOKER

RCA UK

SF 8110

LP

1970

OUTPATIENTS

ARGO UK

ZSW 508

LP

1971

MANXMAN: SELECTIONS FROM POEMS AND LETTERS OF T.E. BROWN with Sir John Betjeman

ARGO UK

ZSW 556

LP

1976

There is a "childrenís" album by The Barrow Poets called Magic Egg, also on Argo, issued at the same time as Outpatients. There are also several singles, including The Chicken Song and At The Printerís Devil.

©2004 Mark J. Moerman. This information may not be reposted without permission and proper acknowledgement.