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Gary Miller - Lead & Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Iain Petrie - Electric Guitar, Piano, Organ, Ukelele, Glockenspiel, Bass Guitar, Drums, Tambourine, Shaker, Backing Vocals
Mick Tyas - Harmonica, Backing Vocals
The Lick Spittals - Horns
The author Charles Dickens wrote in one of his journals, in December 1866, that he had visited Jonathan Martin several times, during his incarceration in York City Gaol at the Castle on Baile Hill, prior to his final removal to Bethlem Hospital (Bedlam) in London. He found Jonathan in triumphant mood and lacking any remorse. During their conversations, Jonathan spoke at length and with self-assured passion of his ongoing plans, projects and schemes against the Church of England which he described as “the abomination of abominations”.
“He was certain that all would work together for good – for his own good and for that of his country and of mankind. He was as vain of his exploits as if he had redeemed a race from slavery, or won the most generous of victories.”
On one of these visits, Jonathan Martin presented Charles Dickens with an extraordinary painting he had promised to paint him during a previous visit. Jonathan claimed that it represented the particular vision which had induced him to set fire to the Minster. Beneath the painting he had inscribed a striking four-line description.