Chanter was a briefly popular band on the North London Irish scene in the late 1970s and this, their only album, was released by Expert Records (ELP 1) in 1977 and its cover shows a snowy street at the top end of the Wightman Road/Green Lanes ladder in Hornsey.
The band’s focus was Malcolm Rogers (fiddle, mandolin and vocals) who’s long been a journalist and still works on London’s ‘Irish Post’. His brother Roddy provided fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki and vocals and the other band members were Dave East (concertina, mandolin, whistle, bodhrán and vocals), Tommy Presho (guitar and vocals), Paul Gillieron (flute, whistle and saxophones) and Hughie Flint (bodhrán and drums). Yes, that’s the same Hughie Flint of John Mayall fame who played drums on the ‘Bluesbreakers’ album with Eric Clapton before forming McGuinness Flint with Tom McGuinness (ex-Manfred Mann) and had a stint with The Bonzos before joining Chanter. He would subsequently drum with The Blues Band. What on earth Hughie was doing with Chanter remains a complete mystery.