You might think that being ‘discovered’ by actor Richard Todd, a man with not a little clout in the entertainment world, might herald a bright future for any act, but in the case of Dulcimer it didn’t quite turn out that way…
Todd apparently saw them perform in a restaurant in the Cotswolds and the group, multi-instrumentalists Pete Hodge and Dave Eaves and bass player Jem North looked like they were on their way when they were signed to Larry Page’s Nepentha label – his version of EMI’s Harvest and RCA’s Neon labels. “And I Turned As I Had Turned As A Boy” (with Todd appearing on the LP as the narrator) was released in mid-1971 and gained international releases in Europe and America.
In Britain, the LP received highly favourable reviews, but a second more-electric album never made it to the record shops and Nepentha closed after releasing five albums and three singles.
That second album would eventually be released on a small label in 1992 and that prompted Hodges and Eaves to re-form, this time with Mike Hooper as the third member. With this new line-up three further albums were recorded for the President label.
When Dulcimer eventually broke-up in the late 1990s, Eaves continued to be involved in music, writing a musical and exploring ecclesiastical music and composition but died in September 2011, aged 61.