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30 Aug 2016

Severance & Cassidy “Severance & Cassidy” 1978 US Private Psych Folk






Severance & Cassidy “Severance & Cassidy” 1978 US Rare Private Psych Folk 

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Severance & Cassidy was a duo playing folk rock in the late ‘70s and early '80s in New Hampshire. Don Severance: songwriter, guitar and vocals Gary Cassidy: bass and vocals. In 1978, they were playing clubs, concerts, and parties full-time throughout New Hampshire and into Vermont. Their sound evolved from their interest in the acoustic, melodic, and harmony-driven music that was popular at the time. Don was strongly influenced by the guitar and harmony work of Peter, Paul And Mary and the songwriting and vocals of Simon And Garfunkel. In addition, bands such as America and Crosby, Stills And Nash were on the charts adding their brand of folk rock to the musical landscape. Gary came from a background of country music, and with his deep, rich, full-range vocals and his strong bass skills, they created a sound that felt larger than most other duos in the area. If you like obscure and mellow folk rock of the 1970s, this is a must-have album….. 


“It’s tempting to play the “What if?” game with acts like Severance & Cassidy, a New England folk duo whose self-released 1978 album has finally seen a CD reissue after more than three decades. Theirs was the kind of gentle, woody, acoustic singer/songwriter sound that was all the rage in the first half of the `70s, but was fast falling out of favor by the time Don Severance and Gary Cassidy got around to recording. If these songs had been unveiled about five years earlier, and if they were given a more pop-friendly production, they might have made a mainstream impact, but that doesn’t seem to be what the duo was after anyway. According to the reissue’s liner notes, Severance & Cassidy wanted to keep their career as grassroots as their sound, so the album was recorded with virtually no sonic adornments whatsoever; beyond an extra guitar on a couple of cuts, what you hear on these tracks is what you would have heard if you caught Severance & Cassidy at a folk club circa 1978. With their gently introspective lyrics, light, breezy feel, and hummable tunes, it’s easy to imagine these songs — all written by Severance — cracking the Top 40 if they had syrupy Seals & Crofts-style arrangements and a pre-disco release date, but that’s simply not the case. Instead, the low-key production mirrors the vibe of the material perfectly. These are songs meant to be trickled lightly into your ears on a solitary autumn afternoon. If you like obscure and mellow folk rock of the 1970s, this is a must-have album.” 

Severance & Cassidy was a duo playing folk rock in the late ’70s and early ’80s in New Hampshire. Don Severance: songwriter, guitar and vocals Gary Cassidy: bass and vocals. In 1978, they were playing clubs, concerts, and parties full-time throughout New Hampshire and into Vermont. Their sound evolved from their interest in the acoustic, melodic, and harmony-driven music that was popular at the time. Don was strongly influenced by the guitar and harmony work of Peter, Paul And Mary and the songwriting and vocals of Simon And Garfunkel. In addition, bands such as America and Crosby, Stills And Nash were on the charts adding their brand of folk rock to the musical landscape. Gary came from a background of country music, and with his deep, rich, full-range vocals and his strong bass skills, they created a sound that felt larger than most other duos in the area. 

Recording information: Portable Affordable Studios, Epsom & Canterbury, NH. Personnel: Gary Cassidy [vocals, electric ba ss]; Don Severance [acoustic guitar, harmonica]; [Pooh Sprague, electric guitar]…….. 

01 Go Down Smilin’ 03 :45 
02 Lady Of Mountains 03 :29 
03 Feather On The Wind 03 :46 
04 Long Way To Heaven 03 :19 
05 Reasons 04 :05 
06 It Ain’t Free 02 :59 
07 Gypsy Queen 04 :22 
08 Missing You 04 :54 
09 You’re The One To Blame 02 :34 
10 For The Folks 03 :22 
11 In Between Man 04 :02 
12 Here’s To You 03 :02  

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