Monday, September 1, 2008

Vashti Bunyan ! Godmother of Freak-Folk !

Here on Rock Revival we are having a psychedelic folk week and it's an impossible task without mentioning the great Vashti Bunyan, actual descendant of the author John Bunyan, art student who was inpired by hearing The Freewheelin Bob Dylan to turn to folk in 1965.

She was fortunate enough to be discovered by Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham and in 1965released her debut single, the Jagger and Richards penned "Some Things Just Stick in Your Mind".

It wasnt until 1968 that she recorded her debut LP. She was amongstan esteemed group of friends (Simon Nicol and Dave Swarbrick of Fairport Convention, Robin Williamson of The Incredible String Band and string arranger Robert Kirby, today best known for his work on Nick Drake's first two albums)

The album was 'Just Another Diamond Day', an absolute classic of Uk folk ( inspiring the likes ofDevendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom). It went unrecognised at the time, however, she left the industry until 2005's Lookaftering, 37 years afer her debut.

Diamond Day - Vashti Bunyan

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Coming up next: the Ultimate, Nick Drake

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