Dez Allenby is a musician/singer-songwriter located in East Yorkshire. As well as playing solo, he frequently collaborates with other performers as a member of Strawberry Moon (Jeff Parsons, Kelvin Baldwin and Cathy Allenby), North Wood Drift (Phil Friend and Cathy Allenby), Three Voices (with poet Trevor Millum and storyteller Graham Langley), and with Martin Peirson’s Runaway Train and Henry Priestman’s Men Of A Certain Age.
Dez has has contributed recently to recordings by Henry Priestman, Martin Peirson, David Swan, No Parking For Caravans, Phil Friend, Jack Parker and Steve and Dee.
'Dez's music is original, based on traditional roots.'
With a taste for less conventional instruments, Dez plays bouzoukis, English concertina, shruti box, keyboard, harmonicas, kalimbas whistles and percussion And, of course, he sings.
'I'm a minimalist really. I like to get to the essence of a song and mainly just do that.'
Dez first came to public attention in the late 1960’s as a founder member of the progressive folk group Forest, releasing two albums, ‘Forest’ and ‘Full Circle’, and a single on EMI’s prestigious Harvest label, sneaking into the LP charts in 1970 on ‘Picnic. A Breath Of Fresh Air’ and playing live on John Peel’s Night Ride, Top Gear and Sunday Shows.
Proud, as a fisherman's son, to play concertina with Henry Priestman and others on the soundtrack of this film by Mark Herman.