A quirky detour of late-'60s British progressive/blues rock, Blodwyn Pig
was founded by former Jethro Tull
guitarist Mick Abrahams
, who left Tull
after the This Was
was joined by bassist Andy Pyle
, drummer Ron Berg
, and Jack Lancaster
, who gave the outfit their most distinctive colorings via his saxophone and flute. On their two albums, they explored a jazz/blues/progressive style somewhat in the mold of (unsurprisingly) Jethro Tull
, but with a lighter feel. They also bore some similarities to John Mayall's
jazzy late-'60s versions of the Bluesbreakers
, or perhaps Colosseum
, but with more eclectic material. Both of their LPs made the British Top Ten, though the players' instrumental skills were handicapped by thin vocals and erratic (though oft-imaginative) material. The group were effectively finished by Abrahams'
departure after 1970's Getting to This
. They briefly reunited in the mid-'70s, and Abrahams
was part of a different lineup that reformed in the late '80s; they have since issued a couple of albums in the 1990s.