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Climbing That Tree: The Story of She Trinity (Part 5 of 5)

Continued from Part Four… As if She Trinity’s lineup changes weren’t confusing enough, the group went by at least two other names. Yorke doesn’t recall exactly why the band went for a time by the name of British Maid, but she knows that they used the name during a tour of France. “We played all

Climbing That Tree: The Story of She Trinity (Part 4 of 5)

Continued from Part Three… The band had parted ways with Mickie Most by the time Thompson joined. Working with American producer Steve Rowland, She Trinity recorded a single in a West End studio with the saxophonist. The CBS single featured a cover of Gene Pitney’s “Across the Street” backed by “Over and Over Again.” It’s

Climbing That Tree: The Story of She Trinity (Part 3 of 5)

Continued from Part Two… Shelley Gillespie’s main instrument was a Fender Telecaster. “I also had a Vox 12-string for a brief moment, and an acoustic Guild dreadnought,” she recalls. The group’s selection of material reflected the varying tastes – and abilities – within the group. “Robyn liked to tell people that she was once told

Climbing That Tree: The Story of She Trinity (Part 2 of 5)

Continued from Part One… “We always used to wear mens’ Beatle boots, bell-bottom jeans, black turtlenecks with a great big ‘M’ in plaid in the middle, waistcoats and Beatle hats,” Carola Daish recalls. “That was our normal outfit, because – at first – we didn’t want to draw attention to ourselves, that we were girls.

Climbing That Tree: The Story of She Trinity (Part 1 of 5)

It’s possible to be a groundbreaking musical act, to pave the way for future artists all while gaining little fame and fortune yourselves. That’s the case with She Trinity, a remarkable all-woman band of the middle- and late ‘60s. They played their own instruments and worked with a high-profile producer, but the group never broke