Dave Whetstone has been on the cutting edge of British folk music since the mid-'70s when he performed with Hemlock, a group featuring his future Cock & Bull Band bandmates Paul Martin and Brad Bradstock. Whetstone continued to play with Martin and Bradstock in the 1978 offshoot the Hemlock Cock & Bull Band and, joined by Jean Pierre Rasle, in the Cock & Bull Band. An extremely melodic accordionist, his playing played a major role in the band's debut album, All Buttoned Up, reaching the folk charts compiled by Melody Maker. A subsequent two-year merger between the Cock & Bull Band and the Albion Band resulted in the memorable 1985 album Eyes Closed & Rocking. Whetstone, who left the Cock & Bull Band in 1985, was a founding member of Waz, a British folk band he shared with ex-Fairport Convention multi-instrumentalist Martin Allcock and bassist, woodwind player, percussionist, and vocalist Pete Zorn. His playing helped transform the trio's self-titled 1998 debut album into a groundbreaking event. Leaving the group shortly afterwards, his place was taken by British guitar wiz Steve Tilston. Several of Whetstone's original songs -- "Rhythm of the Time," "Red and Gold," and "The Five Seasons" -- were covered by Fairport Convention.
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