Robin Williamson – in concert
An Evening of Songs, Stories & Music. Robin will be mainly accompanying himself on Celtic harp and guitar.Robin co-founded the legendary Incredible String Band 1965-74 with Mike Heron. Between 1968 and 1971 only The Beatles, Stones, Cream and The Who had more albums in the British charts. In one remarkable weekend in 1969 they sold out Carnegie Hall, flew in to play Woodstock (Youtube) and on to play Shea Stadium! Disillusioned with stadium rock Robin moved to Los Angeles and in 1975 formed Robin Williamson & His Merry Band, going back to his acoustic roots. Robin went solo in 1980 and took up Celtic harp as a main instrument, to revive the ancient storytelling art of the Celtic bards. He is Honorary Chief Bard of the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids. ‘I think Robin Williamson has gone from strength to strength. He’s the bard. He knows all those tales of ‘Beowulf’ and the ‘Mabinogion’ and the ‘Book of Taliesin’. He plays his harp and he has that captivating lilt and he’s got such a gift. A lot of that has been lost and Robin is the only guy who gets anywhere near it’. Robert Plant.
Named as a major influence by people as diverse as Paul Mc Cartney (ISB’s second album was cited as his favourite album of 1967 and their third as his favourite album of 1968), Page and Plant, Van Morrison, Stephen Fry and Kate Bush. His songs have been recorded by Judy Collins, Jackson Browne and Van Morrison as well as numerous other artists.
‘He is part poet, part musician, part storyteller, part cultural guardian – the consummate performer, at once captivating in his artistry, delightful in his wit and his easy going stage manner.’ The San Diego Times.
Robin toured in the 90’s with the late John Rebourn and their live Wheel of Fortune was shortlisted for a Grammy, as was ISB’s The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter in 1968 – both pipped at the post by Bob Dylan!
Today Robin tours solo and with his wife Bina and prefers ‘to stay right off the beaten track’. They perform around Wales and other parts of Britain, including 3 performances at Escomb Saxon Church in recent years. People like Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and Rowan Williams – former Archbishop of Canterbury – turn up at their perfermances in old churches and village halls! Rowan Williams wrote the Foreward to The Incredible String Band Compendium!
Tickets for the performance – Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm – can be accessed by calling Alan on 07549602148 or can be collected at Curlew’s Books in Barnard Castle. £10 advance/ £12 on door.