Blodwyn Pig, a core band of the 1960’s underground music scene, was founded by former Jethro Tull guitarist Mick Abrahams, who left Tull following their This Was album. Abrahams was joined by bassist Andy Pyle, drummer Ron Berg, and Jack Lancaster, who gave the outfit their most distinctive colourings with his saxophone and flute, whilst a rather stoned friend of the band coined the unusual name.
Their first two albums Ahead Rings Out and Getting To This, were a fusion of heavy progressive blues and jazz. Speaking about the debut, Abrahams asserts that Lancaster ”brought a mixture of hard hybrid jazz-rock to the album”. Lancaster, who was influenced by American multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk, often played two horns simultaneously in the manner of his idol, and when combined with his liberal use of overdubs, the overall effect sounded like a raucous brass section.
Ahead Rings Out, with its iconic cover art, is generally regarded as one of the band’s more progressive albums. However, Getting To This, is perhaps funkier and includes a multi-part track that aptly showcases Lancaster’s musicianship. Both albums spent several weeks in the UK Top 10 charts.
Blodwyn Pig gigged extensively, including appearances at the Isle of Wight and Reading festivals. They also completed two US tours that took in performances at both Fillmores and the LA Forum.