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Robin Williamson


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Born in the early 1940s and brought up in Edinburgh, Scotland, Robin became a mainstay of the psychedelic folk combo The Incredible String Band in the late 60s and early 70s. He moved to California and formed the Merry Band in the 70s, following more Celtic roots directions in his music. By this time, he had already contributed to over a dozen albums, toured widely and written fiddle and penny whistle tutors. By the 80s, Robin was concentrating on harp music. The Incredible String Band still seems to be an on-going project, even if not full time.


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  • Judas_Iscariot

    His latest two albums, Love Will Remain (2012) and Trusting in the Rising Light (2014) are both brilliant, in very different ways. Guitar-based bardery we all love on 'Love'; sublime poetry and ECM jazz on 'Trusting'. His best ECM album by far. Check em both out!

    3 Jan 7:28pm Reply
  • v11v11v

    Contrary to the commenter below, Robin Williamson is very much alive as far as I can tell. If it's meant to be a joke it's a pretty crap one for those who care about him and his music.

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
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  • sunheadbowed

    Devendra ain't got shit on this boy. [2]

    8 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Metaknite

    i like harps

    21 Sep 2013 Reply
  • fergalmc

    Devendra ain't got shit on this boy.

    21 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Mahglazzies

    Just getting in to this fellow now. Wonder where he's been all my life and why nobody was kind enough to tip me off to him. I think I'll be a life-long listener of his now.

    9 Jun 2012 Reply
  • v11v11v

    The seed-at-zero (2000), Skirting The River Road (2002), The Iron Stone (2007): a rich, profound and often astonishing trilogy.

    3 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Fresh_Garbage

    Not likely to get a reply here but does anyone know of a new CD coming out soon? I saw Robin play with John Renbourn a few months ago and he said there'd be a new CD out this August-ish via the quadrantcorner website but there's only the last release there at the moment. When I saw him he played a beautiful song called 'I Always Followed Music' (or something like it).. i'd love to hear a recorded version. The lyrics were fantastic.

    28 Jul 2011 Reply
  • jmsconcerts

    Incredible String Band Co founder and Multi-Instrumentalist Robin Williamson is performing @ The Fraser Centre, Douglas St, Milngavie Glasgow G62 6PE on Saturday 7th November 2009, this is his only Scottish Solo Date this year!! Doors: 7.30pm Tickets: £10 Tickets Available: Milngavie Bookshop, Douglas St or Art Forum, Station Rd or 'Phone 07743885991

    30 Oct 2009 Reply
  • ormoluu

    robin williamsons book fiddle tunes is great - i use it all the time and it came with some recorded tracks!

    23 Jul 2009 Reply
  • krring

    Stunned and having just discovered The Seed-at-Zero. It is most serenely good for you; a beautiful title track. The Dylan Thomas songs in particular stand out, not so much because of a notable imbalance in lyrical ability, but as testament to the success of the album as a tribute: it is his voice, lingering with respect on these songs, which brings them to the foreground.

    23 Apr 2009 Reply
  • primalformm

    Judas I : yes, 'Just Like The River' - just RW and guitar, mostly. Not one of his epics but many fine moments. Well worth getting - grows on you like all his stuff.

    8 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Judas_Iscariot

    Have any of you lucky sorts heard his latest album? I regret to say I haven't yet. Rumour on the ship says he's going to have a DVD and a book of paintings out soon.

    22 Mar 2009 Reply
  • KCKate

    Severely underplayed. Severely.

    27 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Glasswarrior

    What a dude.

    26 Oct 2008 Reply
  • djwithoutaneye

    Robin is the don, I especially like "the seed at zero" from Robin's solo work

    26 Oct 2008 Reply
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    23 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Judas_Iscariot

    Jesus Christ what is wrong with the whole of humanity. Start listening at once.

    18 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Fresh_Garbage

    I just bought a book Robin Williamson wrote in the 70s called The Penny Whistle Book. Now I need to buy a penny whistle..!

    16 Feb 2008 Reply
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