The Yetties

Members of the Yetminster and Ryme Intrinseca Junior Folk Dance Display Team, from the Dorset village of Yetminster, their name was abbreviated by the MC at a dancing display to The Yetties. For a time they were known as The Ranters Dance Band when they played at dances, and The Yetties when they were singing. From such modest beginnings they became a very successful folk act, touring widely for over 40 years and releasing more than 40 albums. They gave their final performance in 2011. Not to be confused with The Yoggies, a fictional outfit featured in Private Eye magazine; its members were the Yoghurt brothers, Rick, Dave and Paul.


The Yirdbards

Wiltshire folkies “affectionately known as The Yirds” according to their website. The name, as you may well have spotted, is an anagram of Yardbirds.



The Young Rascals

They were young, cute, blue-eyed soul boys from New Jersey, and when they had to change their name from The Rascals to The Young Rascals – because of objections from an outfit called The Harmonica Rascals (no, neither do we) – it fitted just fine. They went on to make a series of fantastic records for Atlantic, including No 1 hits Good Lovin’, Groovin’, and People Got to Be Free. Many of their songs were written by Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati, including How Can I Be Sure in 1967. A hallmark of their work was superb production and sound, augmented by top musicians such as King Curtis, Ron Carter and Hubert Laws. They made several fine albums, the first three as The Young Rascals, and then from Once Upon a Dream in 1968 they were The Rascals again. They were inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.