Dan Rubin and the Flying Mountain formed in Vancouver in 1976. The long title was soon shortened to simply Flying Mountain. The folk group started with four skilled artists who had already worked in the music world for a good while. Dan Rubin served as singer, fiddler, guitarist, and also played the bouzouki and mandolin. Fergie Neville supplied vocals, bells, gongs, congas, trombone, harmonica, and dulcimer. Satoru Suttles performed as a guitarist, keyboardist, saxophonist, and singer. Ron Mongovius added vocals, flute, and electric bass. It was a hearty mix. The lineup mostly stayed consistent until 1979, when pianist Drew Neville joined for a European tour, taking the place of Dan Rubin, who had left to pursue a solo career.
Flying Mountain first began performing in a local folk-dance club, but moved on to community concerts around the Victoria area. The group put on an entertaining live show, and offered music that mixed folk with bluegrass, blues, Celtic and world music influences. After some time together, the band carried its act to a wider area. In 1977, only a year after its formation, Flying Mountain had recorded a debut album, Earth & Sky, released independently by the band itself.
Touring gave the group a chance to gain more exposure to the press, and to increase its fan numbers. In 1978 a sophomore album was completed, Mountain's Dream. One year later, Rubin left the band so he could turn his attention to a solo career, and Satoru Suttles followed suit in 1980. With two of the founding members gone, Flying Mountain faded from view. Rubin's solo career yielded half-a-dozen albums; he also taught, wrote, and performed in the bands New Earth and Atlantic Union. The group finally reunited in 2008 to celebrate the release of a compilation.