The Woods Band was an Irish folk-rock band formed in 1970 by husband and wife team Gay & Terry Woods, shortly after their departure from Steeleye Span. The band played and recorded for four years before evolving into Gay & Terry Woods. In 2001, Terry Woods formed a new band and named it The Woods Band, which performed and recorded through 2003.

The Woods Band
GenresBritish folk rock
Years active1970–1974, 2001–2003
LabelsGreenwich Gramophone Company (division of Decca)
Associated actsSteeleye Span
Dr. Strangely Strange
Gay and Terry Woods
MembersTerry Woods
Gay Woods
Ed Deane
Pat Nash


The Woods Band was formed in 1970 by ex-Steeleye Span members Terry and Gay Woods.[1] The band was formed just a few months after the couple had left Steeleye Span, shortly after the release of Steeleye's first album Hark! The Village Wait,[1] after personal disagreements with members.

Performing under the name "Gay & Terry Woods" as well as "The Woods Band", they worked with a number of different musicians, including fiddler Joe O'Donnell.[2] and King Crimson members Ian MacDonald and Mike Giles, amongst others. Eventually, a line-up solidified under the name The Woods Band with guitarist Ed Deane and drummer Pat Nash. Terry Woods also wanted to recruit uilleann piper Paddy Keenan, who declined and would go on to join the Bothy Band.

They began to rehearse and perform soon after forming, releasing a self-titled album in December 1971. The record was a mix of traditional material and originals, including a re-recording of the track Dreams from Terry's old band Sweeney's Men. With standard rock instruments embellished by mandola, concertina, autoharp, dulcimer, bodhran, and harpsichord, the music sounded rather similar to, and held its own with, Steeleye Span's own early work, although showing a greater rock influence.[3]

Shortly after the album's release, however, Gay & Terry joined Dr. Strangely Strange on tour,[4] before returning to work as both The Woods Band and Gay & Terry Woods, again with a changing cast of musicians. Their record label, Greenwich Gramophone Company went out of business leaving their album out of print. The Ireland division of Polydor gave the band a single release in 1974, the A and B sides were both penned by Gay and Terry but the single failed to chart. Subsequent releases by the couple were credited to "Gay & Terry Woods".


In 2002, Terry Woods put together a new band, using The Woods Band as name. Despite the shared name, the only member of any version of the original band was Woods himself. Like the original band, this line-up featured a mix of traditional folk instruments with contemporary rock instruments, as well as a mix of traditional and original songs. The bulk of the lead vocals were handled by singer Shane Martin, with Dubliners singer Ronnie Drew guesting on a recording of "The Dublin Jack of All Trades". Gigging occasionally, the group put out a single studio album, Music From The Four Corners of Hell, in 2002, before becoming inactive. Woods has described the band as "parked... with the wheels off and the engine out."


The Woods Band (1971)Edit

Side One:

  1. "Everytime" (T. Woods)
  2. "Noisey Johnny" (T. Woods)
  3. "January's Snows" (Trad.)
  4. "Lament & Jig" (Inc. "Valencia Lament" & "Apples In Winter") (Trad.)

Side Two:

  1. "Dreams" (T. Woods)
  2. "As I Roved Out" (Trad.)
  3. "Promises" (T. & G. Woods)
  4. "Over The Bar" (Inc. "The Road To Athy") (T. & G. Woods, E. Deane)
  • Gay Woods – Vocals, Concertina, Autoharp, Dulcimer, Bodhrán
  • Terry Woods – Vocals, Mandola, Concertina, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar
  • Pat Nash – Drums, Vocals
  • Ed Deane – Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Slide Guitar, Harpsichord


  • Tony Reeves – Bass Guitar on "Everytime"
  • John Ryan – Piano on "Everytime", "Noisey Johnny", "Promises"; Organ on "Lament & Jig", "As I Roved Out"
  • Austin Corcoran – Acoustic guitar on "Dreams", Bass Guitar on "As I Roved Out", "Promises"

"The Time Is Right" (1974)Edit

  • A-Side: "The Time Is Right" (T. & G. Woods)
  • B-Side: "The Hymn" (T. & G. Woods)

Single released on Polydor, both songs later re-recorded on albums by Gay & Terry Woods.

Music From The Four Corners of Hell (2002)Edit

  1. "As I Roved Out"
  2. "The Spanish Lady"
  3. "Love on Tillery" (Stacey/Woods)
  4. "Finnegan's Wake"
  5. "Terence's Farewell"
  6. "Kilmainham's Glen" (T. Woods)
  7. "The Travellin' People" (Ewan McColl)
  8. "The Dublin Jack of All Trades"
  9. "DeValera's Green Isle" (T. Woods)
  10. "Sea of Heartbreak" (Hal David/Paul Hampton)
  11. "The Grosse Isle Lament" (T. Woods)
  12. "Leave Her Johnny Leave Her"

All songs (Traditional, Arranged by T. Woods), except as noted.

  • Terry Woods – Mandolin, Cittern, Bouzouki, Banjo [5-string], Acoustic Guitar, Concertina, Backing vocals, lead vocals on "DeValera's Green Isle"
  • Paul Harrigan – Accordion, Whistle, Uilleann pipes
  • Dave Browne -Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
  • Steve Browne – Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals
  • David "Sparky" Hughes – Electric Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
  • Shane Martin – Lead Vocals


  • Ronnie Drew – Vocals on "The Dublin Jack of All Trades"
  • Yvonne McMahon – Backing Vocals on "The Spanish Lady"

Recorded at The Factory, Spring 2002.


  1. ^ a b "The Woods Band". Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  2. ^ Clemons, Pete (28 April 2013). "Joe, His Bow and Electric Shows". Coventry Evening Telegraph. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
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  4. ^ "Irish Rock Discography: Woods Band". Retrieved 31 October 2014.