Lindisfarne are an English folk rock band from Newcastle who were formed in 1968. The band was originally called Brethren but soon changed its name to Lindisfarne, named after a small island off the Northumberland coast. The original band comprised of Alan Hull (vocals, guitar, piano), Ray Jackson (vocals, mandolin, harmonica), Simon Cowe (guitar, mandolin, banjo, keyboards), Rod Clements (bass guitar, violin) and Ray Laidlaw (drums). In 1995 Alan Hull passed away but the band continued with a new frontman called Billy Mitchell. The band finally broke up in May 2004, with the final line-up of Dave Hull-Denholm, Billy Mitchell, Rod Clements, Ian Thomson and Ray Laidlaw performing a final concert on 1 November 2003 at the Newcastle Opera House.
From 2012 the band formed again to become a touring band and this has continued up until present day. The band has seen many changes in their line up over this time, currently the members are Rod Clements, Steve Daggett, Paul Thompson and Ian Thomson.
The band are best known for the albums Nicely Out of Tune (1970), Fog on the Tyne (1971) which became the biggest selling UK album in 1972, Dingly Dell (1972) and Back and Fourth (1978), and for the success of songs such as “Meet Me on the Corner”, “Lady Eleanor”, “Run For Home”, “Fog On The Tyne” and “We Can Swing Together”.