During his short career, Nick Drake recorded some of the most sublime and moving folk music this world has been blessed with, a perfect run of three flawless albums, from the delicately baroque folk-pop of debut release Five Leaves Left to the stark, unadorned melancholy of his third and final release Pink Moon.
A lack of commercial success contributed to Drake’s descent into depression before his premature death in 1974 from an overdose of antidepressants. It wasn’t until years later that his music become more widely recognised for its ethereal beauty, influencing many emerging artists. On Saturday 16 May, a diverse group of contemporary musicians will gather in the stunning setting of Birmingham Town Hall to celebrate Drake’s oeuvre. Curated by his former manager Joe Boyd with arrangements by Robert Kirby, it features Beth Orton, Graham Coxon, Vashti Bunyan, Robyn Hitchcock, Martha Wainwright and many more. A rare occasion indeed to enjoy modern reinterpretations of these timeless songs.
The evening is part of a series called English Originals, which celebrates home grown folk talent.