GREENMANTLE was formed in September 1971, initially as a three piece with Ian Campbell, Billy Campbell & Jack Law. They brought together their background in rock music, blues and folk to create a distinctive blend. Whilst Ian left in 1972, due to ill health, Billy and Jack carried on as a two piece carving out a reputation as singer/songwriters across Britain. In 1973 they signed a management deal with Johnnie Morris, who secured a recording contract with Philips records. By 1974 they released a single, a Rupert Holmes song called ‘Terminal’. However, Billy and Jack felt the production didn't represent their sound. After recruiting two additional members, Allan Stevenson on drums, and Peter McBrearty on guitar, they felt more satisfied with the new sound. The new line prompted other changes as they moved away from folk clubs and concert halls into the rock-pub and club circuit. Allan was replaced by John Houston in 1975 on drums, and the band carried on writing, recording and playing. A year later, Jack decided to leave, having become disillusioned with the music business, and was replaced by Mick Tausney. Greenmantle continued for a further six months before breaking up.

About ten years ago Billy worked with producer George Burton re-mastering and transferring the group’s early recordings to a digital format which, with the further help of Don Mclean ( was produced as a limited edition of our early work. We have a huge back catalogue of material some of which we recorded in the 1970s, with lots more still have to record. Since early 2009 we have been working with George Burton to record our first studio album ‘TWO HATS’ which is due for release on The Hub Records label. At long last we have some recorded material which we think is the closest we have ever come to reproducing the sound of Greenmantle. Much of this is due to the talent and skill of George who managed to work with us to bring out the best in this selection of songs.

It’s only taken us 40 years, but who cares - here we are!

jack n billy live

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