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March 1, 2012 / rockroots

Supply Demand & Curve

I’m not usually in the habit of posting records I don’t actually own, but a couple of things persuaded me to repost this – the album no longer seems to be shared anywhere online; the version I got had some of the tracks indexed together rather than properly separated; and, simply, it’s a great album that deserves to be heard.

Drummer/pianist Roger Doyle formed experimental jazz rock group Jazz Therapy at the end of the ’60s. At around the same time, he was establishing his credentials as an avant-garde composer, notably scoring the early film shorts of his Malahide friend Joe Comerford. Joining Doyle in Jazz Therapy were Brian Masterson (bass/vocals) and Wicklow-based Trinity College student Jolyon Jackson (keyboards/cello/recorder/melodica/vocals). By the early ’70s the band had evolved into Supply Demand & Curve, with Jackson and Masterson at the core of a fluid line-up.

The band gigged extensively in their early years, appeared on RTE television twice, and even undertook a tour of Canada in 1973 with a line-up of Jackson, Masterson, Doyle and Paddy Finney (guitar/vocals). For Canadian audiences with certain expectations and preconceptions, the band had to learn a repertoire of traditional Irish songs, and they addressed the hot topic of “The Troubles” by explaining that the quartet were half Protestant/half Catholic and half Northern/half Southern. When their self-titled debut album finally emerged on the Mulligan label in 1976, the band consisted of Jackson, Masterson, Greg Boland (guitar/vocals) and Paul McAteer (drums), but the album had been recorded sporadically over a few years and featured former members including Fran Breen (percussion) and Rosemarie Taylor (keyboards/vocals) – the latter notably on the ballad To Know To-Nite. Most of the other tracks displayed a sophisticated jazz-influenced progressive rock, and on Ooh Gilbert! the band took a humourous swipe at a certain Waterford-born pop singer who was enjoying huge international success at the time, pouring sarcastic admiration on his status, unforgettable tunes, lyrics and iconic image. The track Lunar Sea was included on the 1976 7… ‘With Love…’ various artists EP (along with a solo piece by Roger Doyle), and the band members appeared on folky albums by Midnight Well, Sonny Condell and Rosemarie Taylor in 1977, but split the same year.

Both Greg Boland and Paul McAteer went on to play with Stagalee, and Boland was later in Scullion and Moving Hearts and became a noted session musician. Roger Doyle’s ongoing solo career began with the LP Oizzo No, which was recorded in 1973 with Jolyon Jackson but was unreleased until 1975, and in the ’80s he recorded with the band Operating Theatre, with whom Jackson also guested. Jackson – SD&C’s main songwriter – played on albums by Gay & Terry Woods, The Chieftains and Scullion, and recorded the 1980 LP Hidden Ground with Paddy Glackin, but died in 1985 from Hodgkin’s Disease aged just 37.

 

Supply Demand & Curve (192 kbps):

  1. Changeling
  2. When You’re By Yourself
  3. Corea Guidance
  4. To Know To-Nite
  5. Samuel
  6. Lunar Sea
  7. November The Third
  8. Ooh Gilbert!
  9. Freckle
  10. Cat On The Keys
  11. Precious Time

 

Irish Rock Discography: Supply Demand & Curve

Wikipedia: Jolyon Jackson

Myspace: Greg Boland

Roger Doyle official website

 

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5 Comments

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  1. boogalaxy / Mar 13 2012 00:08

    Fantastic post and excellent music – used to have this many moons ago. Thanks for sharing!

  2. John Tuohy / Feb 12 2016 21:13

    Strangely mighty memory of S,D+C playing in Galway early 70,s.Great vibes .

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