Sunday, 20 February 2011

Hearken to the Witches Rune

The Singer Toni Arthur was also well known for appearing in 70s BBC Children's shows such as Play Away and Playschool (note she's the one in the green top), and also attended naked Pagan Cermonies held by Alex Sanders, "King of the Witches"

(thanks to Rob Young's article in Loops for pointing me in the right direction...)


  1. Me and a mate used to do an impersonation of Dave & Toni for the amusement of our junior school pals. I used to hate their appearances at the time, now I'd rather like to see them. I impersonated Dave Arthur, by the way. There's a track on the 'Hearken' LP in which Dave recounts a story about 'the little people' (i.e. fairies): it's excruciating.

  2. yeah, the story does seem to reinforce a lot of Folk stereotypes. And his singing does have a idiosyncratic forced "bellow" to it, probably to show the passion in songs such as "Tam Lin". The Loops article does tell of their now mixed feelings towards the album itself and its recording, but i find it an interesting listen nonetheless...


  3. I love Hearken to the Witches Rune - there used to be a blog where you could download it in its entirety, but I can't seem to find it. I love the fairy reels, and The Fairy Child is magical.. its very easy to forget Play School when you listen to it.


    Its downloadable from here as far as I know its never been re-released and the vinyl is rare.

  5. tony robinson doing a fantastic charles hawtrey impersonation