Trees – The Garden Of Jane Delawney (1970)

Trees – The Garden Of Jane Delawney (1970)

Debut album by the Trees, easily in the top three UK folk rock bands of the 70’s, if not all time. Dating from 1970 the album blends trippy, twin lead guitar, West Coast acid rock with lilting English folk. The delicate female vocals of Celia Humphries and a haunting production weave a dark magical Celtic spell over misty musical moorlands. Captivating, beautiful and timeless.


1. Nothing Special
2. Great Silkie
3. Garden of Jane Delawney
4. Lady Margaret
5. Glasgerion
6. She Moves Through the Fair
7. Road
8. Epitaph
9. Snail’s Lament

Trees – The Garden Of Jane Delawney (1970)

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54 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Yes, i love you. I have this vinyl, but the “garden of j.d.” song is too badly scratched (guess why)!!!
    If you ever come in Corfu, i’ll take you to see that garden…:)

  2. oldhippy says:

    Wonderful post thanks this is a true gem that everyone should have and enjoy.

  3. chrisb. says:

    Thank you very much!!

  4. Eddie Riff says:

    Again, I thank you for more fantastic music!

  5. Microdot says:

    I’ve only heard the song The Garden Of Jane Delawney, and while I like it, I had no idea about the “rockin’ jams”. Kinda like I just found out East of Eden doesn’t only heavy folk jigs ie. jig a jig.

    The vocals remind me of Sandy Denny mixed with Grace Slick, but more Sandy than Grace. In other words beautiful. Thanks again for shedding light where I would not have looked.

  6. Anonymous says:

    By the way..”The Great Silkie” sounds the same as The Byrds’ “I come and stand at every door”. This is not bother me at all!!!!! Instead, i LOVE it. Has anybody any idea how these two beautiful and immortal songs are connected to each other?
    Many kisses, from my heart best wishes

  7. Muse says:

    this is mighty nice, Thanks for sharing it! Cheers!

  8. bissaide says:

    Hi and thanks for these great albums! About Trees’ “The Great Silkie” and the Byrds’ “I Come and Stand at Every Door”, both songs use the traditional tune “Great Selchie of Shule Skerry” (in Ireland, “Lonely Banna Strand” goes along with the same melody), which Judy Collins made popular in her 1962 album “Golden Apples of the Sun”. The Byrds would later use this tune, but with lyrics by Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet. The same text was also used by Spanish group Aguaviva in their song “La Niña de Hiroshima” [Hiroshima’s Young Girl], released in their 1971 LP “Apocalipsis”. One year later, group Tri Yann, from Brittany, would use again the same tune as background music for their reading of the Sean O’Casey poem “Before Ireland Can Go Free”. Pete Seeger, of course, would also sing this song live everywhere in the world (and also in my home city of Lisbon!), with the same lyrics used by the Byrds. The common message between all these songs is that war kills, and young people are the ones to whom war is the most unfair.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    Bissaide, i see you are a true music lover.. Another person who could be in the garden i said before…I’m astonished with all these you said. Perfect!!!
    Now, let’s try to think what our beautiful girl is thinking to post!!

  11. Kwyet Daze says:

    I used to have the second album, Polly on the Shore, with the gorgeous cover, but I never heard this one until now, and I think it may be better than the second, from what I remember. Thanks for sharing this!

  12. bissaide says:

    Glad you liked the information I posted 🙂 If you can, check my blog, although it’s written in Portuguese… 🙁 If something particular interests you, I can help you.

    You’re right, I love the records that have been posted here. Congratulations!

  13. dweller says:

    What a treat to see this here.
    My mother had this on vinyl until her boyfriend persuaded her to sell it,,,

  14. Donno says:

    Thanks for this great share. I think everbody before me has said it all, simply a wonderful album.
    Thanks again!

  15. dweller says:

    After reading this post I listened to the other wonderful Trees album
    “On the Shore”.
    If you like this one, try and get hold of that. I’d forgotten how good it was.

  16. Friendlier says:

    I love how you only post one album at a time–but what an album it always is!

  17. kiwibeak says:

    first time i heard this album, although i did hear a cover of ‘the garden…’ by francoise hardy before(from the early 70s). I’d say this album struck me positively later 60s in vibe and equal to something like the dead’s aoxomoxoa or an airplane album. loved it. An added staple to my collection.
    After hearing, looked up the review on for curiousities sake (cause i liked it so much) check out what this guy had to say (totally missed the boat)…
    about the trees:

    about this album:

    —yes, and i am drinking whisky

  18. Lisa Sinder says:

    Thank you! One of my first folk psych records I ever had!

  19. gomonkeygo says:

    Thanks for The Trees and others — you’ve got my fave music blog site, from the name on to everything.

  20. LeoGT says:

    I love this album and almost every post I’m a musician and I have 10 albums i posted my 9th on:
    I play psych-garage-reggae-anything so check it out and comment about it. thank you.

  21. Anonymous says:

    What can i say..i have searched for this album in MP3 format for ages. Have the original (well re-release) on vinyl, but it is damaged. You have made my year, i am truly greatful for this awesome album.

  22. Zen Archer says:

    I cannot believe i’ve spent my life without knowing this band… wow I love it!!!

  23. Anonymous says:

    Wake up, princess, me your Prince has come. It is a long time missing you!

  24. Harry F says:

    A wonderful LP! classic British folk rock 🙂
    re The Byrds’ “I come and stand at every door” The American psych band “The Missunderstood” also recorded a really great version in 1967 it went unreleased for many years and can be found on the LP/CD “Before The Dream Faded” on cherry red records and belive me it’s well worth looking for!

  25. booblikon says:

    i am enjoying this lp as i write this…specifically “She Moved Thro’ the Fair”. beautiful melody. thank you for another treat.

  26. wima says:

    nice but not the top like fairport, steeleye span etc.
    thanks anyway


  27. Anonymous says:

    Apparently Gnarls Barkly used a sample from “Geordie” (from On The Shore”) by Trees on the title track of their current album. Also All About Eve, showing impeccable taste, covered The Garden Of Jane Delawney on a B-Side.

    If you’ve enjoyed this there’s also a bootleg called “Trees Live” with some tracks not on the albums. They also recorded several BBC sessions, again with some different tracks. If you find any of these, send them to The Garden Of Delights!

  28. zensho says:

    Fantastic band! Influenced, but eclipsed, by Fairport.The latter invented Folk-Rock, Trees invented Folk-Pyschdelic Rock. On The Shore is Unhalfbricking’s equal. It is brilliant. Come on Simon – invite Trees to Cropredy!

  29. zensho says:

    Fantastic band. Influenced, but ecplipsed, by Fairport. The latter invented Folk – Rock, Trees invented Folk – Pyschodelic Rock. On The Shore is Unhalfbricking’s equal. Come on Simon, invite Trees to Cropredy!

  30. Anonymous says:

    Sadly link now blocked by rapidshare – any chance you could re post it?

    After reading these comments I really want to hear it

    Many thanks for all the music you’ve posted – great stuff

  31. Anonymous says:

    wow – whatta album this was and still is….just got my copy as a Christmas gift…..long live for Jane Delawney 🙂

  32. felix says:

    again, sadly i was too late, youre gracious to repost it, but another send up would be appriciated.

  33. Squishy says:

    Ah, are you still looking for Children of the Mist – Yellow Autumn?

  34. ionplayer says:

    Wow! I haven’t heard this for 30 years. Stunning stuff, and the comments here are fascinating too.

    Much appreciated>


  35. Anonymous says:

    Please repost I missed it!
    I’ve been hoping to hear this for 30 years since the FILL YOUR HEAD WITH ROCK track J.Delaney
    go do it make an old man happy!

  36. Anonymous says:


    (and many kisses)

  37. Anonymous says:

    HI Briiliant album, got teh vinyl but scratched to hell….

  38. Anonymous says:

    I think I might cry tears of joy if you were to re-up this.

  39. Randy Planet says:

    a very nice album. 🙂

  40. Ashra says:

    The album is awesome. This blog is awesome. What can I say more? Keep up the great work!

  41. Anonymous says:

    Thanks — beautiful!!

  42. skihermit says:

    Patience is a virtue, I’ve been looking for this for ages to pair up with ‘shore’. It’s been said so many times before but thanks for the post. Another lost treasure found!

  43. schwerkraft says:

    Thanks, this music is wonderful. I never had the chance to hear this before.

    I’ll hug a tree today.


  44. Mark B says:

    I would never have heard this album unless you posted it – thanks

  45. Anonymous says:

    Hi, I love On The Shore so much.

    J x

  46. hello!

    this is yet another record i am looking for!

  47. George says:

    A brilliant album indeed! Nice to hear from you after several months.

  48. George says:

    A brilliant album indeed! Nice to hear from you after several months.

  49. Anonymous says:

    That singer has the voice of an angel.

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