I was digitising an inherited reel of tape with vintage off-air BBC radio recordings recently and while I can identify almost everything with a combination of arcane knowledge, guesswork (checked against known audio of the suspected artists) and reference to Ken Garner’s two books on Radio 1 sessions, this one eludes me.
The closest I can get is a guess at the seemingly otherwise unknown Patrick Dickinson – the name being listed in Garner’s ‘The Peel Sessions’ as a guest on Peel’s ‘Night Ride’ on 4/12/68 alongside John Renbourn & Terry Cox and the Sallyangie. Parts of both of those sessions are on the reel, close to the mystery one. (The reel in question is not necessarily in chronological order though – it is a reel comprising mostly session recordings that have been copied on to it from original source reels, presumably of whole programmes, near the time. That said, other sessions on it seem to follow more or less chronological order, spanning Dec 1968 to May 1969.)
While Ken’s book gives Dickinson’s name in his programme by programme list, it is absent from his subsequent detailed alphabetical list of sessions and their contents, so one cannot guess the song titles and compare them with anything.
There are three songs, the singer is clearly American and he plays 12-string guitar, a relative rarity among singer/songwriters then as now. All of which should be useful clues.
I’ve done a very quick Google search but can find no obvious ‘Patrick Dickinson’ contender.
So… any ideas?