Silly Wizard was a Scottish folk band that began forming in Edinburgh in 1970. The founder members were two like-minded university students—Gordon Jones (guitar, bodhran, vocals, bouzouki, mandola), and Bob Thomas (guitar, mandolin, mandola, banjo, concertina). In January 1972, Jones and Thomas formed a trio with their flatmate Bill Watkins (guitar, vocals, fiddle) and performed occasionally (unpaid) under various band names in Edinburgh folk clubs. In the spring of 1972, Watkins returned to Birmingham and, in June 1972, Chris Pritchard (vocals) came in as his replacement. In July 1972, this newly formed trio were offered their first paid booking at the Burns Monument Hotel, Brig O' Doune, Scotland, and needed a band name in a hurry. The name "Silly Wizard" was chosen and the continuing stream of bookings ensured that the name became permanent. In September 1972, the trio recruited a rather youthful Johnny Cunningham (1957-2003) (fiddle, viola, mandola, vocals) and Silly Wizard started to take off ...

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Year Title RatingReleases
1976 Silly Wizard 1
1978 Caledonia’s Hardy Sons 2
1979 So Many Partings 5
1981 Wild & Beautiful 2
1983 Kiss the Tears Away 2
1986 A Glint of Silver 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1985 The Best of Silly Wizard 4 1
1997 The Early Years 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1985 Golden, Golden 1
1988 Live Wizardry: The Best of Silly Wizard in Concert 1
2012 Live Again 1

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