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Morning Dew cover by Van Rockman's Honeybus


South Birmingham’s Van Rockman released their debut album ‘The Lost Tapes’ a couple of years ago which was an album that took 42 years to come to light after frontman, Tim Fisher found the original demo tape in his mother’s attic whilst helping her to move. 


With the discovery of this tape, Tim pulled the original members back together so they could finally record the album and release it.


All the tracks on that album were written between 1969 and 1974 and they were spotted at a gig on Curzon Street in Birmingham by EMI Records who took the band’s demo tape that night, with a view to signing them.


The band actually went along to EMI H.Q and were told: "We know who you are but the A&R guys haven't sent the tape...”.



These were the days when time, effort and expense meant re-recording the demo was too daunting a task for a fledgling rock band and Van Rockman’s chance was gone.


Back in 1991, The Honeybus toured the UK extensively with Tim Fisher (from Van Rockman) on bass and vocals. As a part of the touring band, they became very close with and played many dates together.


The Honeybus had many hits - one of their biggest was 'I Can't Let Maggie Go’ which was Top 10 in 1968.


Back in the day, Van Rockman supported Spencer Davies, The Troggs and had the pleasure of meeting Mick Jagger whilst at Wembley.


Tim Fisher on why they’ve covered this well known track:  


“I've always liked the song and it always went down well with the 70's audience and still does to this day.   We've been told it’s a bit like Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Freebird and when I hear that I know it’s a big compliment”


(FYI: Morning Dew was written by Bonnie Dobson and has been covered by a plethora of bands and artists from the Grateful Dead, Jeff Beck, Nazareth, Clannad and Robert Plant).


The band are playing live on Friday August 23rd at SoCa LIVE! Acocks Green, Birmingham

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