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The Songs of Nick Drake: Way to Blue

Filmed at the Barbican in January 2010, a diverse but renowned cast of modern day troubadours present their own interpretations of influential songwriter Nick Drake's songs.

Filmed at the Barbican in January 2010 and curated by Joe Boyd, producer and general champion of Nick Drake, 90 minutes of performance highlights from a diverse but renowned cast of modern day troubadours.

Presenting their own interpretations of Drake's songs are Vashti Bunyan, Green Gartside, Lisa Hannigan, Scott Matthews, Teddy Thompson, Krystle Warren, Robyn Hitchcock, Kirsty Almeida and Harper Simon.

A celebration of the songs of Nick Drake, the concert features the original orchestrations of Nick's friend, the late Robert Kirby. It includes a house band anchored by Danny Thompson, the legendary bassist who played on Drake's first two albums.

Highlights include Teddy Thompson's version of the timeless River Man, Lisa Hannigan's haunting and compelling version of Black Eyed Dog, Krystle Warren's bluesy take on Time Has Told Me, Robyn Hitchcock's psychedelic spin on Parasite and Neil MacColl's accomplished rendition of the classic Northern Sky.

During his lifetime Nick Drake found little mainstream success, but since his death at the untimely age of 26 in 1974 he has been revered as one of the most influential and important English songwriters of his era.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Sat 20 Apr 2013 00:30

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Teddy Thompson, Lisa Hannigan, Green Gartside and Danny Thompson

    Way to Blue

  • Kirsty Almeida

    Cello Song

  • Lisa Hannigan

    At the Chime of a City Clock

  • Krystle Warren

    Time Has Told Me

  • Teddy Thompson

    Poor Boy

  • Zoe Rahman and Danny Thompson

    One Of These Things First

  • Neill MacColl

    Northern Sky

  • Robyn Hitchcock

    Free Ride

  • Vashti Bunyan and Kate St John

    Which Will

  • Harper Simon

    From the Morning

  • Lisa Hannigan

    Black Eyed Dog

  • Scott Matthews

    Day is Done

  • Green Gartside

    Fruit Tree

  • Teddy Thompson

    River Man

  • Krystle Warren and Teddy Thompson

    Pink Moon

  • Robyn Hitchcock


  • Way to Blue Band

    Voice From the Mountain


Role Contributor
Producer Stephanie McWhinnie
Director Janet Fraser Crook