Signed By: Simon Posthuma(The Fool) and Robin Williamson & Mike Herron
Edition: 195 World Wide
Dimensions: Print size 26
Atelier: Dekkel Fine Art Publishing
Medium: Screen Print And Giclee
The Incredible String Band (abbreviated as ISB) were a psychedelic folk band formed in Scotland in 1965. The band built a considerable following, especially within British counter-culture before splitting up in 1974. The members of the group are considered musical pioneers in psych folk and, by integrating a very wide variety of traditional music forms and instruments, in the development of world music. The group reformed in 1999 and continued to perform until 2006.
In July, they released their second album, The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion, accompanied by Pentangle’s Danny Thompson on double bass and Licorice on vocals and percussion.
The album demonstrated considerable musical development and a more unified ISB sound. It displayed their abilities as multi-instrumentalists and singer-songwriters, and gained them much wider acclaim. The album included Heron’s “The Hedgehog’s Song”, Williamson’s “First Girl I Loved” (later recorded by Judy Collins, Jackson Browne and Don Partridge) and his “The Mad Hatter’s Song”, which, with its mixture of musical styles, paved the way for the band’s more extended forays into psychedelia. Enthusiastic reviews in the music press were accompanied by appearances at venues such as London’s UFO Club (co-owned by Boyd), the Speakeasy Club, and Queen Elizabeth Hall. Their exposure on John Peel’s Perfumed Garden radio show on the pirate ship Radio London, and later on BBC’s Top Gear, made them favourites with the emerging UK underground audience. The album went to Number One in the UK folk chart, and was named by Paul McCartney as one of his favourite records of that year.