Dr. Strangely Strange
Dr. Strangely Strange
Dr Strangely Strange in Walthamstow, February 2009
|Genres||Folk pop, folk rock, psychedelic folk, freak folk, experimental, avant-garde|
|Years active||1967–1971, 1973–the early 1980s, 1996 (small reunion), 2008–2009 (small reunion)|
|Labels||Island, Vertigo, Hux, Hannibal, Witchseason Production Company|
|Associated acts||Incredible String Band, Fotheringay, Joe Boyd, Al Stewart|
|Past members||Tim Booth|
Caroline "Linus" Greville
"Orphan Annie" Mohan
Dr. Strangely Strange were an experimental Irish folk group, formed in Dublin in 1967 by Tim Booth (born 6 September 1943, County Kildare, Ireland), vocals and guitar, and Ivan Pawle (born 17 August 1943, England) bass and keyboards.
Booth and Pawle soon teamed with multi-instrumentalist Tim Goulding (born 15 May 1945, Hatch Street, Dublin), vocals and keyboards, at that time an aspiring painter, and percussionist/vocalist Caroline "Linus" Greville, and began living and rehearsing in a house owned by Goulding's girlfriend, backing vocalist "Orphan Annie" Mohan, which its tenants nicknamed "The Orphanage". The Orphanage became a springboard for a new generation of Irish rock, helping launch the careers of Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott, Gary Moore and others. After signing with the Incredible String Band's producer and manager Joe Boyd, Dr. Strangely Strange debuted in 1969 with Kip of the Serenes. The album was produced by Boyd. While on tour with Fotheringay, they enlisted drummer Neil Hopwood, and later in the year appeared on the Incredible String Band's Changing Horses album.
After the 1970 album Heavy Petting, Dr. Strangely Strange began falling apart: Linus was asked to leave to cut down on touring costs after some early sessions for the record, Goulding left to enter to a Buddhist monastery, while Pawle and Booth teamed with Gay and Terry Woods for a brief tour. The group disbanded in May 1971, after playing a concert with Al Stewart at London's Drury Lane Theatre. The Woods explained "We said that if the Strangelies hadn't gotten it together during the time we were on the Continent then we would leave, because six weeks of gigging should pull a band tighter. Unfortunately, instead of getting together, they were getting looser." They reunited in 1973 for an Irish tour, and briefly reconvened again in the early 1980s. During this time Goulding worked as a painter while Booth became an artist and made animated films. In October 1994 the band played at the Griffin Hotel in Leeds as part of the Incredible String Band convention weekend. The band reformed with the original trio to record a third album in 1996.
On 10 January 2008 the band announced that they were to reform for a special homecoming gig to take place in the Sugar Club on Leeson Street, Dublin, Ireland on 1 March 2008. In February 2009 Hux Records reissued Kip of the Serenes as a Collectors' Edition with four bonus tracks.
On 19 July 2009 the band participated in the Witchseason Weekender (featuring artists from Joe Boyd's Witchseason production company) at The Barbican, London. They performed a free concert on the foyer stage and then participated in the full Sunday evening concert entitled The Music of the Incredible String Band.
- Kip of the Serenes (Island Records, 1969) – reissued with bonus tracks, 2009
- Heavy Petting (Vertigo Records, 1970) w/ Gary Moore on guitar
- Alternative Medicine: The Difficult Third Album (1997)
- Halcyon Days (Hux Records, Released 16 June 2007)
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