Angelic in appearance, musically gifted with an unusual, Moorish, open-tuned guitar style, Nick Drake was from the same hugely talented stable as Pink Floyd, John Martyn, Fairport Convention and the Incredible String Band, managed and produced by New England wunderkind, Joe Boyd. Leary of public performance, stage-frit, Drake failed to promote his work and, a long-time depressive, died young, from a drug overdose; some close to him said he topped himself, others close to him hotly refute that. His handful of albums have sold these last forty years, his song, Pink Moon, promoting wider interest when it was used in a VW advert. This is from a concert celebrating his work, in January of this year. Hannigan is previously unknown to me but she gives a spooky, hypnotic interpretation backed by an ensemble of Drakeites, some of them his contemporaries, some their children.
Way To Blue is the Drake compilation album best suited to those interested but unfamiliar with his work. It will be in all good public libraries.