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Saturday 7 May 2016

Sunshine - Super, Man!

I have always had a bit of a weakness for weedy Scottish hippies, as anyone who has heard me ramble on about the Incredible String Band will know. So when I get a chance to go to Donovan's 70th birthday bash at the London Palladium last night I leapt at it.

While his voice may be occasionally wavery, Donovan still puts on a good show. He was up on stage for an hour and three quarters and treated us to a nice mix of the hits and less often heard but fondly remembered album tracks (even "Remember The Alamo"!). And his apparent conviction that everything was to be played in D until instructed otherwise by the band was endearing.

I was particularly pleased to hear these three personal favourites. And it was worth the admission money just to hear him finish the set with the incomparable "Atlantis".

"Sunny Goodge Street" - Donovan

"Barabajagal" - Donovan & The Jeff Beck Group

"Lalena" - Donovan


  1. I've always been partial to a bit of Donovan myself, Ernie - haven't heard 'Sunny Goodge Street' in eons. Ta!

  2. I recall late night beach parties in the 1960's when every man and woman with a guitar trotted out "What's Bin Did and What's Bin Hid", including "Remember The Alamo"! The hipsters never thought Donovan was cool, but he produced some damn fine songs over many years.

  3. "I have always had a bit of a weakness for weedy Scottish hippies" Neither Charity Chic or myself or in any way weedy. Frail, maybe, weedy never!

  4. By the way, at the nearby World Music Festival there will be a Mongolian folk-metal band playing. I'm going! I have not told my partner the good news yet

  5. Jings, crivens and help ma Boab