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A brief history of the band

We formed in 1965, parted company in 1970 and reformed in 2009.

the bands 1968 recordings can be found on the website.

One of the tracks entitled 'I Will Not Be Moved' has been included on the compilation album

'Looking at the Pictures in the sky' released by Cherry Red records in November 2017.


Albums to date

Since reforming in 2009

From These Ashes - The Sitdown Boys - Long Hard Road - A Fool in Paris

Natal Blues - Speed - You Could be the One - Just Another Day.

We have also uploaded the following videos to You Tube,

Money - Christmas in New England - Long Hard Road - Speed

Spellbound - This is Our Land - You could be the One Download Site Blues and 

The Beautiful Game.

We can also be found on Face book under groups


Take a Look at Our Gallery


A mention for our long standing friend and colleague Rob Lipscombe.

He started off playing in the band but later became our recording engineer

who also produces our You Tube videos for the songs.

Also thanks to Cedric at Mobile music Fareham who produces the

final package, CD duplication, design and printing.

Here’s what we’ve been working on since 2009


About Us

In 1965 band members of The Blithe Spirits and The Abdomen joined to form

The Tartan Quarter, with a  line up of Ken Starks, Geoff Baker, Glenn Lee

and Colin Allaway. After a memorable debut gig at the Bure club in Mudeford,

a residency at a Southampton pub and various other bookings, the band

went through further personnel changes with the addition of Chris Godden

and Ken Wheeler, losing Colin Allaway in the process. This was the most successful

line up to date with Ken Starks, lead vocal/rhythm guitar, Geoff Baker, bass guitar,

Glenn Lee drums, Chris Godden, lead guitar/banjo and Ken Wheeler on keyboards.



We are now a studio band only, and no longer play gigs or bookings. but still have a  

creative output and are currently working on our ninth album.

 Watch this space for the latest information.

Anyone wishing to purchase any of our albums please contact either of the following

also on


Zane Godden on keyboards has recently joined the band.

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