Good As Gone

Lost Recordings Of The Incredible String Band

This page lists recordings and television appearances that do not circulate among fans and are presumed lost, as well as recordings that are only rumoured to exist or to have once existed. These were previously part of The Live, Unreleased And Rare List but have been moved to a separate page to clarify what is and isn't in circulation. A few recordings are featured in both lists, for instance where an audio only recording of a television appearance exists, or where more songs were believed to have been recorded but are now presumed lost.


Red text denotes a song not officially released on an original ISB album.
Green text denotes a version considerably different from that officially released.
Asterisks ****** denote an unconfirmed guess at the titles of a set of jigs or medley, based on similar set lists from the time.
All dates use UK/European DD.MM.YY format.


[ Pre-ISB ] [ 1966 ][ 1967 ][ 1968 ] [ 1969 ][ 1970 ][ 1971 ] [ 1972 ][ 1973 ][ 1974 ] [ Post-1974 ]


Pre-ISB

Tyne-Tees Television, Probably 1964 Or 1965

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : Tyne-Tees Television

Notes : According to page 38 of Grahame Hood's Clive Palmer biography, 'Empty Pocket Blues - The Life And Music Of Clive Palmer', Robin and Clive played a few times on (North East England independent station) Tyne-Tees Television on a show hosted by the well-known Edinburgh folk band the Corries, who at the time were a quartet known as The Corries Folk Trio & Paddy Bell.


1966

Pre-First Album Demos, Early/Mid 1966

  1. Maybe Someday (Heron)
  2. October Song (Williamson)
  3. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : Demo Recordings

Notes : Rumours continue to circulate of pre-first album demos or even a complete LP having been recorded. Bruce Findlay stated in an interview on page 253 of the 'Be Glad' book:
They [the ISB] also made their first demo in Edinburgh in Alan Coventry's house. Alan Coventry was a schoolmate of Mike's and he played bass with the Boston Dexters. Mike invited me up - I knew him and Alan because of selling records and generally knowing people in groups. Alan was a very funny guy who had a Revox tape recorder, so they went in there and made their first set of demos. A few weeks later Mike came back to the stall and I asked how it was going. He said great, they had serious interest from two record companies - Transatlantic and Elektra. I said it had to be Elektra - they were cutting edge - but I was teaching them to suck eggs. They already knew. To be absolutely honest, I can't remeber what was on that demo, I was probably out of my face! I just remember being excited at being there. I think maybe 'Maybe Someday' was on it. I don't know what happened to the tape - of course they didn't have a cassette machine to do copies on!
The February 1988 issue of 'Folk Roots' magazine carried an article on Clive Palmer in which it was stated:
"However, he [Joe Boyd] did eventually catch up with them and was suitably impressed. They had already recorded an album with a small label in Glasgow, which Joe bought the rights to, and he suggested they should record more of their own material, thinking that Elektra boss Jac Holzman would be unlikely to be impressed with a Scottish band playing American jug band music, no matter how well."
Grahame Hood's biography of Clive, 'Empty Pocket Blues - The Life And Music Of Clive Palmer' has more on this (on pages 51 and 52):
Joe sent the band's demo tape to Jac Holzman, the boss of Elektra who, like Joe, was knocked out by Robin's October Song in particular. The demo tape had been recorded using equipment belonging to Alan Coventry, an old school mate of Mike's and formerly bass guitarist with the Boston Dexters.

One of many unsubstantiated rumours about the early days of the ISB is that they recorded an album for a small Glasgow label, to which Joe Boyd was forced to buy the rights to block its release. Mike has mentioned this in at least one interview. Clive later confirmed that he half-remembers something similar happening. Robin remembers that the label in question was Lismor, and thinks that there were certainly negotiations about them recording an album, though he cannot remember for certain if they actually got as far as going into a studio. Both Joe Boyd and Ronnie Simpson, who has run Lismor Records since 1980, know nothing about any album recordings. Ronnie: 'I'm sure there is/was only ever one Lismor. The first release was in 1973, so anything before that would have been with someone else. When we took over Lismor I recall that four record labels were going down and four more had just started. The ones going down were Scotia, Thistle, Waverley and Scottish Records. Scotia operated out of a garage in Paisley, and had a very sparse release schedule, mostly of local talent. Thistle specialised in country dance, song and fiddle music. Waverley was based in Craighall studios in Edinburgh (where the Edinburgh Folk Festival albums were recorded) and went on to become a Scottish music production house for EMI. Scottish was run by a writer and broadcaster called Douglas Gray, who released everything from Early Music to Jean Redpath and Para Handy, folk song, fiddle music and spoken word. Knowing the make-up of all these people I cannot see them getting excited about the ISB. The hippy culture would have made all of them run a mile. I was heavily involved in the music scene then and can think of nowhere or no-one that would have done more than talk about an album. There were no real studios.'

Unless these tapes ever actually turn up, it is probably reasonable safe to assume that the recording session in question was the one with Alan Coventry. There seem to have been six songs on the tape, definitely including October Song and possibly Mike's Maybe Someday. Again memories are vague, but it is likely a copy was sent to Nat Joseph, as well as one to Joe Boyd.
This all seems to point to there being just the one set of demo recordings, but Joe Boyd's book 'White Bicycles - Making Music In The 1960s' confuses this slightly on page 122:
Fortunately, when Holzman heard an acetate of Robin's 'October Song', he said, 'Yeah, this is pretty good, go sign them'. I then had to deliberately misunderstand his instructions and add £50 to the advance to beat out Nat Joseph at Transatlantic Records for their signature.'
Which says that an acetate recording existed before Joe signed the band to Elektra, suggesting that another label was likely to have been involved in at least getting the acetate cut. Another possible record label, not mentioned in 'Empty Pocket Blues', is Beltona who have apparently been releasing Scottish music since the 1920s! At the time their releases were more conventional, but who knows if they could have shown an interest in the String Band's brand of psychedelic folk music?


1967

VJOEW, 2.10.67

  1. October Song (Williamson)
Source : Dutch AVRO Television

Notes : Only a partial clip circulates, the full song ran to 3:55 and was followed by a 1:44 interview.


Julie Felix 'Once More With Felix' Pilot Show, Summer/Autumn 1967

  1. Little Cloud (Heron)
  2. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : BBC Television

Notes : Issue 8 of 'Be Glad' included a picture of Robin and Mike being filmed for 'Once More With Felix', taken from the pop music section of the 1967 Grolier Year Book. By the look of the instrumentation (guitar and hand drums) and the capo position, Raymond Greenoaken surmised that they were playing 'Little Cloud'. This picture of the band has subsequently been found to have appeared on the cover of the October 1967 edition of Wireless World magazine. The
'Tech Ops Nostalgia' site states that the show was an advance proving test for the BBC's first large colour studio. The 'Music Pictures' photo library has another photo from this session with both of them playing guitars, so at least one other song must have been performed.


'Late Night Line-Up', Autumn 1967

  1. Chinese White (Heron)
  2. The Hedgehog's Song (Heron)
  3. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : BBC Television

Notes : Possibly still exists in the BBC vaults. From the memories of ISB list members, the usual format of this late night BBC2 arts/current affairs programme was for the musical guests to perform a song each night Moday to Thursday. If this was the case, then the band must have performed two more songs, which we can guess may well have been Robin's compositions. It's thought that these appearances most probably date to around September 1967.


Scottish Local TV, Late 1967/Early 1968

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : BBC Television

Notes : Lesandre (AKA Mouse of dancers Mimi and Mouse) told Wolfgang that they and the band performed a number of songs for Scottish TV in late 1967 or early 1968.


1968

Regional Television, Norfolk, Probably 1968

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : Either BBC East or Anglia Television

Notes : According to an interview with Mike on page 317 of the 'Be Glad' book:
What about the String Band and TV? Besides the three Julie Felix shows you appeared on there doesn't seem to much else for a band of such stature at the time. Was there anything else?

The most wonderful one we ever did was for a regional station in Norfolk and that was was quite fantastic. Just me and Robin. We went in the afternoon and met this guy who'd just got the job as presenter - he usually did the weather or something - he was really nervous and uptight. Anyway, so Robin laid out all his instruments on the table in preparation for the interview later and then we would do a couple of songs.

Then Robin and I went out by the river and had an enormous joint, and came back in, and the guy presenting was really nervous and he'd made loads of mistakes already, and he got to us and took us over to the table, telling the viewershow he was going to interview us and then we would do a song. So he said, "Robin, tell me, how many instruments do you play?" And Robin said, "I don't know".
1968 is an assumed date as Mike mentions it being just him and Robin and they were at the peak of their popularity at the time following the release of 'The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter'.

Children's TV Show, Yorkshire, Probably 1968

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : Either BBC Yorkshire or Yorkshire Television (ITV)

Notes : According to an interview with Mike on page 317 of the 'Be Glad' book, following on from the Norfolk television appearance, 'and we did a couple of kids shows, one for Yorkshire Television, about three I think'. So there may also be two other shows that aren't mentioned. 1968 is an assumed date as Mike mentions it being just him and Robin and they were at the peak of their popularity at the time following the release of 'The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter'.


Julie Felix 'Once More With Felix', 3.2.68

  1. Three Is A Green Crown (Williamson)
  2. Geordie (Trad.) [ Lyrics ]
  3. See All The People (Heron)
Source : BBC Television

Notes : An audio only recording of this appearance is on the 'You Get Brighter' bootleg tape, but no video footage has surfaced as yet.


Royal Festival Hall, London, 30.3.68

  1. Noah And The Dove (Williamson/Heron) [ Lyrics ]
  2. Mercy I Cry City (Heron)
  3. See All The People (Heron)
  4. Three Is A Green Crown (Williamson)
  5. The Head (Williamson) [ Lyrics ]
  6. A Very Cellular Song (Heron)
  7. Douglas Traherne Harding (Heron)
Source : Be Glad For The Song Has No Ending Film

Notes : 'A Very Cellular Song' was filmed but doesn't feature in the film, whilst of the other tracks, only 'See All The People' (as featured on the 'Be Glad For The Song Has No Ending' album) and 'The Head' (the poem included as an insert to 'Wee Tam And The Big Huge') are featured in their entirety.

According to Peter Neal's interview, included as a bonus on the DVD, they filmed around 40 minutes of concert footage, most of which was televised within a few months of the concert (as an edited rough cut). Presumably this is the folk music documentary shown on the BBC that he mentions in an interview in 'Be Glad' magazine.

Further information from Raymond: The film was premiered at the Tyneside Film Theatre in Newcastle in November 1969 as part of the Pop Goes TFT season. There were two showings, one in the afternoon and the other (which I attended) in the evening. At that stage the final editing had still to be made: there was neither title sequence nor credits sequence, and we were warned there might be occasional intervals of blank screen (there weren't). I remember the Cellular Song "intercut" sequence, which memorably featured Robin playing bongoes and puffing a kazoo simultaneously, and making lascivious noises into the microphone for the amoeba squelch effects. Presumably the Cellular Song sections were deleted before general distribution.


1969

Live In The Studio Recordings, Sound Techniques, Chelsea, Early 1969

  1. All Writ Down (Heron) [ Lyrics ]
  2. The Iron Stone (Williamson)
  3. A Very Cellular Song (Heron)
Source : Be Glad For The Song Has No Ending Film

Notes : A live in the studio 'A Very Cellular Song' was filmed but doesn't feature in the film, although it is heard as backing to the interview sections. The other two songs are featured in full.


Freeborn Hall, UCLA, Davis, California, Early 1969

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : KZAP Radio, Sacremento

Notes : According to This Article, KZAP produced a concert at the Freeborn Hall in early 1969. It seems likely that they may have recorded and/or broadcast it too.


Julie Felix 'Once More With Felix', 15.2.69

  1. All Writ Down (Heron) [ Lyrics ]
  2. Fine Fingered Hands (Williamson) [ Lyrics ]
Source : BBC Television

Notes : An audio only recording of this appearance is on the 'You Get Brighter' bootleg tape, but no video footage has surfaced as yet.


Norway Radio 14.6.69

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : Norway Radio

Notes : From a newspaper listing: 11:10-11:15 'De Utrolige - Sang- og instrumental gruppen "The Incredible String Band"' ('The Incredibles - Vocal and instrumental group "The Incredible String Band"'), 11:50-12:00 'Og litt mer med The Incredibles' ('And a little more with The Incredibles').


Norway Radio 31.7.69

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : Norway Radio

Notes : From a newspaper listing: 'Morgengjestene - The Incredible String Band' ('Morning guests - The Incredible String Band').


Woodstock Festival, Bethel, New York, 16.8.69

  1. Invocation (Williamson)
  2. The Letter (Heron)
  3. Gather Round (Williamson) [ Lyrics ]
  4. This Moment (Heron)
  5. Come With Me (Williamson)
  6. When You Find Out Who You Are (Williamson)
  7. The Half Remarkable Question (Williamson)
  8. Sleepers, Awake! (Heron)
  9. Black Jack Davy (Heron)
  10. Log Cabin Home In The Sky (Heron)
Source : Woodstock film out-takes

Notes: For many years it was assumed, by both fans and the band themselves, that no footage of their appearance at this legendary festival existed. However, in recent years a number of clips have surfaced, these being:
  1. The 'Woodstock Diaries' DVD (Warner Brothers DVDSV3001D), originally shown on British TV in the 1990s as a series of three programmes, includes a 44 second clip of the band's arrival by helicopter and part of 'When You Find Out Who You Are'. This is the only footage officially released so far.
  2. The 'I Looked On' video includes the 'Woodstock Diaries' footage plus a longer 2:32 clip of 'When You Find Out Who You Are'.
  3. MPEG format videos circulating on line, taken from the official film out-takes, include full versions of 'The Letter' (5:18) and 'When You Find Out Who You Are' (9:06), plus a partial 1:53 clip of 'This Moment'.
  4. Two hours of black and white footage taken from the side of the stage (known, incorrectly, as the security camera footage, but reputedly shot by a member of Jefferson Airplane's entourage according to the guys at the Woodstock Project web site), includes a 58 second clip of Robin performing 'Invocation' plus 4:33 of 'The Letter'.
  5. The 2009 Rhino six CD boxset 'Woodstock - 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur's Farm' includes the ISB performing 'The Letter' and 'When You Find Out Who You Are', the later including an additional outro by Chip Monck that was absent from previous versions circulating on line. The boxset booklet gives the band's set list as 'Invocation', 'The Letter', 'Gather Round', 'This Moment', 'Come With Me' and 'When You Find Out Who You Are', confirming the previous guess that the photo of Rose playing a recorder at Woodstock was from 'Come With Me'. 'Gather Round' was initially mooted to be included on the boxset, but was sadly left off, though thankfully it now circulates on line in mp3 format.
  6. Around a minute of what is reported to be 8mm silent colour footage circulates on line in avi format. This includes some backstage footage, snippets of 'Gather Round' and 'When You Find Out Who You Are' and a bit of John Sebastian watching the band from the side of the stage. The uploader has synchronised appropriate sound clips with the musical performances.
Previous reports that David Nigel Lloyd, a long time friend of Robin's, was shown film of a partial version of 'The Half Remarkable Question' by David Helfand, have now proven false - it was actually 'This Moment'. However, Robin himself has since said they performed one of their best ever live versions of the song at Woodstock, without using the sitar...

The Bethel Woods Center For The Arts web site has a set list for the ISB that includes 'Sleepers, Awake!', though no further evidence for it's inclusion is given.

The backstage footage shows both Robin and Rose tuning fiddles and, although 'Come With Me' features a fiddle, it doesn't feature two. The only songs with twin-fiddle arrangements at the time were 'Black Jack Davy' and 'Log Cabin Home In The Sky', so is it possible that either or both of these were also performed? From contemporary set lists, 'Black Jack Davy' seems more likely.


Texas International Pop Festival, Lewisville (near Dallas), 31.8.69

  1. Waiting For You (Williamson)
  2. Black Jack Davy (Heron)
Source : Soundboard Recording

Notes : These two tracks appeared on the 'Let The Universe Roll' bootleg tape, sourced from a bootleg 3-CD boxset of the festival, believed to have been issued by the Luxembourg-based 'Oh Boy!' label. These were the only two String Band tracks included. After extensive enquiries, original 'Be Glad' editor Andy Roberts tracked down the bootleg manufacturer, who confirmed that they had the full ISB set and were willing to come to an 'arrangement' with it. Unfortunately they were shut down shortly afterwards, so this arrangement was never made. Hopefully the tapes will surface again one day. Film of this performance is known to exist, Lisa Law, then a member of The Hog Farm commune, shot around eight minutes of silent film of the band. A bootleg video from the festival, Got No Shoes, Got No Blues, released by Whoopy Cat Records, mentions the ISB in the opening credits but they are not seen or heard in it. This is not believed to be the finished version of the film, which was withdrawn before completion, so the producers may have intended to include footage of the band in the final cut.


Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, 18.10.69

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : Dutch Radio Station VPRO

Notes : From an English translation by Wolfgang:
Shortly after the beginning of the performance of the British pop-folk-group Incredible String Band, Saturday night in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, guitarist / vocalist and sitar player Mike Heron was hit by an electric shock and fell down screaming on stage.

Later it was said that this wasn’t caused by the group's own equipment, but by a microphone of the VPRO radio. VPRO, that would make recordings of the Incredible String Band removed the microfon after the accident.

After a pause played the British group Fairport Convention, then the entire String Band continues its performance. The shock had no adverse effects left over for singer Mike Heron.
It is not known whether any recording exists from before the electric shock incident or the band's later return to the stage.


City Hall, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, 26.10.69

  1. ****** Untitled Instrumental (Possibly a long instrumental introduction to 'Maya') ******
  2. Maya (Williamson)
  3. Come With Me (Williamson)
  4. The Letter (Heron)
  5. This Moment (Heron)
  6. Black Jack Davy (Heron)
  7. Big Ted (Williamson)
  8. Pictures In A Mirror (Williamson)
  9. Waiting For You (Williamson)
  10. Gather Round (Williamson) [ Lyrics ]
  11. Queen Juanita And Her Fisherman Lover (Heron) [ Lyrics ]
Source : Previously said to be catalogued as existing in the vaults of Island Records, but currently appears not to be

Notes : This information was posted to the ISB mailing list by 'Be Glad' editor Raymond Greenoaken, who describes it as the best String Band concert he ever saw. The track listing is purely from Raymond's memory, which he admits maybe incorrect. The untitled instrumental was introduced as a short instrumental, but may be the extended instrumental introduction to 'Maya' as heard on some other contemporary shows.


Ludlow Garage, Cincinnati, 28.11.69

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : Soundboard Recording

Notes : According to this CityBeat article, almost all concerts at this venue were recorded. The sleeve notes for the Shake It Records compilation Ludlow Garage 40th Anniversary includes a list of concert dates, republished in this CityBeat article, so it is possible that recordings of these shows still exist. Only one recording is in circulation, dating to either the 28th or 29th of November 1969 and comprising of 'Maya', 'Dust Be Diamonds', 'The Letter', 'Come With Me' and 'This Moment'. In addition, the Shake It Records compilation includes a version of 'This Moment', though it is not known whether this is the same version as the previously circulating show.


Ludlow Garage, Cincinnati, 29.11.69

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : Soundboard Recording

Notes : According to this CityBeat article, almost all concerts at this venue were recorded. The sleeve notes for the Shake It Records compilation Ludlow Garage 40th Anniversary includes a list of concert dates, republished in this CityBeat article, so it is possible that recordings of these shows still exist. Only one recording is in circulation, dating to either the 28th or 29th of November 1969 and comprising of 'Maya', 'Dust Be Diamonds', 'The Letter', 'Come With Me' and 'This Moment'. In addition, the Shake It Records compilation includes a version of 'This Moment', though it is not known whether this is the same version as the previously circulating show.


Fillmore West, San Francisco, 1969

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : KPFA Radio, Berkeley

Notes : A newspaper listing from 22.3.70 mentions a broadcast at 10PM on KPFA of 'The second half of the Incredible String Band concert recorded at the Fillmore West'. The band had previously played there on 10.12.69, but whether this refers to that date or an earlier one is unknown. It's possible this may really be the Berkeley Community Theatre 31.12.69 show as the 'Ode to Gravity: Word-Tape Works And Music' programme, broadcast by KPFA on 29.07.70, contains 'Queen Juanita And Her Fisherman Lover', purportedly from the Fillmore West but actually from the Berkeley Community Theatre.


1970

Norway Radio 9.2.70

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : Norway Radio

Notes : From a newspaper listing: 21:30-21:45 'Morgenens hvite fugl - The Incredible String Band spiller og synger' ('Morning White Bird -The Incredible String Band plays and sings').


U, The Roundhouse, London, 8 to 18.4.70

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : TVX Video Co-Op

Notes : According to
Radical Software (specifically PDF pages 1 and 2), an experimental video magazine from around 1970, the TVX video co-op filmed the ISB and Stone Monkey performing 'U' at the Roundhouse for two hours over three reels of 1/2" Sony 625 tape. The man behind the camera was none other than John 'Hoppy' Hopkins, who, amongst other things, had previously played piano on 'The Mad Hatter's Song' on the band's 'The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion' LP. Unfortunately Hoppy has no idea where the tapes are and presumes they are long since lost.


U Rehearsals, Fillmore East, New York, April 1970

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : Jackie Cassen video footage

Notes : According to Radical Software (specifically this PDF), an experimental video magazine from around 1970, Jackie Cassen filmed the ISB and Stone Monkey rehearsing 'U' at the Fillmore East on 1/2" Sony tape. As they were performing this at the Roundhouse in London between the 8th and the 18th, and then at the Fillmore East between the 23rd and 26th, the rehearsals are likely to have been some where between these dates. It is not known whether this footage still exists.


WMCA, New York, 25.4.70

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : WMCA Radio, NYC

Notes : Page 37 of the New York Times from this date carried the following listing - "Radio - Talk, Sports, Special Events 11-1 am WMCA: Alex Bennett. Mike Heron of the Incredible String Band and Mike Jahn, rock critic and others, guests". What music, if any, this featured is unknown as it is not in current circulation.


WAER, Syracuse, New York, 1.5.70

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : WAER Radio, Syracuse, New York

Notes : From a newspaper listing: 6pm-1am Sound of the Free Generation - the Incredible String Band.


Ludlow Garage, Cincinnati, 8.5.70

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : Soundboard Recording

Notes : According to this CityBeat article, almost all concerts at this venue were recorded. The sleeve notes for the Shake It Records compilation Ludlow Garage 40th Anniversary includes a list of concert dates, republished in this CityBeat article, so it is possible that recordings of these shows still exist. This is one of the 'U' shows with Stone Monkey.


Ludlow Garage, Cincinnati, 9.5.70

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : Soundboard Recording

Notes : According to this CityBeat article, almost all concerts at this venue were recorded. The sleeve notes for the Shake It Records compilation Ludlow Garage 40th Anniversary includes a list of concert dates, republished in this CityBeat article, so it is possible that recordings of these shows still exist. This is one of the 'U' shows with Stone Monkey.


'I Looked Up' US Radio Advertisement, June 1970

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : Elektra Records advertisement produced by Hastings Baker

Notes : The Google Books Billboard issue for 13.6.70 mentions Hastings Baker producing six 60 second radio spots for Elektra Records. One of these was for the ISB, presumably for their latest LP of the time, 'I Looked Up'.


The Show, WITF-TV, Pittsburg, 11.7.70

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : WITF-TV, Pittsburg

Notes : From a newspaper listing: The Show - with Senator Howard H. Baker Jr, and The Incredible String Band and Tom Rush as musical guests. Also broadcast by KQED and WGBH-TV.


'Trend', 2.10.70 (Recorded 25.9.70)

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : Dutch NCRV Television

Notes : Wolfgang tracked down this TV appearance in the listings of the Dutch daily newspaper Leeuwarder Courant. The listing reveals it was a 45 minute programme, starting at 2130, and also featured Chris Hinze. It is believed to have been recorded on the 25th September, when photographic evidence shows that the band were in Amsterdam. The Google Books Billboard issue for 10.10.70 states that the band appeared on (Dutch) NCRV-TV on the 25th September and the 22.8.70 issue mentions a concert and TV show in Holland on the 1st October. The 'Be Glad' site diary section lists 'Holland. Gigs and television' on the 1st October and Wolfgang's site's concert list has 'Netherlands, gigs and television ??? (Beglad)' on the 4th October. It seems most likely that they were filmed once by NCRV, on the 25th September, and that this was broadcast the following week on 'Trend', although it's possible there was another broadcast on the 25th.


Ludlow Garage, Cincinnati, 13.12.70

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : Soundboard Recording

Notes : According to this CityBeat article, almost all concerts at this venue were recorded. The sleeve notes for the Shake It Records compilation Ludlow Garage 40th Anniversary includes a list of concert dates, republished in this CityBeat article, so it is possible that recordings of these shows still exist.


1971

Nederland-1, 14.1.71

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : Dutch Nederland-1 Television

Notes : Mentioned in a Dutch newspaper TV listing as 'Be Glad - Programma over The Incredible String Band', a 50 minute programme starting at 1910. It is believed to have been just a broadcast of the 'Be Glad For The Song Had No Ending' film, but included here for reference in case it contained any other material.


Svensk TV 1, 26.3.71

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : Swedish Svensk TV 1

Notes : From a newspaper listing: 22.05—22.55 'Incredible String Band - De fyra unga skotska folkmusikanterna underhåller' ('Incredible String Band - The four young Scottish musicians entertain people').


Birmingham Town Hall, 8.10.71

  1. Log Cabin Home In The Sky (Heron)
  2. Living In The Shadows (Williamson) [ Lyrics ]
  3. The Sailor And The Dancer (LeMaistre)
  4. Lowlands Away (Heron) [ Lyrics ]
  5. Evolution Rag (Williamson)
  6. Adam And Eve (Williamson)
  7. You Get Brighter (Heron)
  8. Jigs - The Bird That Lives On Rain/Yellow Flames Of Whin/Jenny In The Mosshouse/Drunken Black Winter (Williamson)
  9. How We Danced The Lord Of Weir (Williamson)
  10. Play Poem Music (Unknown)
  11. The Actor (LeMaistre/Williamson) [ Lyrics ]
  12. Cajun Song (Trad./Williamson)
  13. Sunday Song (McKechnie/Heron) [ Lyrics ]
Source : Audience Tape

Notes : One of Paul Bryant's long lost audience tapes. Last seen flying back to California with his ex-wife, Candy Cave, when they parted in 1974. 'Sunday Song' was the mythical lost 11 minute version with Robin playing cello.


1972

Norway Radio 14.2.72

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : Norway Radio

Notes : From a newspaper listing: 7:40-8:15 'The Incredible String Band'.


Southampton Guildhall, 25.2.72

  1. This Moment (Heron)
  2. El Ratto (Williamson) [ Lyrics ]
  3. Banks Of Sweet Italy (Williamson) [ Lyrics ]
  4. Down Before Cathay (LeMaistre)
  5. Restless Night (Williamson) [ Lyrics ]
  6. Untitled Instrumental In Three Movements (Heron)
  7. Sea White Horses (Williamson) [ Lyrics ]
  8. Jigs - The Bird That Lives On Rain/Yellow Flames Of Whin/Jenny In The Mosshouse/Drunken Black Winter (Williamson)
  9. Flowers Of The Forest (Heron)
  10. Oh Did I Love A Dream (LeMaistre) [ Lyrics ]
  11. Moon Hang Low (Williamson)
  12. Antoine (Heron)
  13. Secret Temple (McKechnie/Heron) [ Lyrics ]
  14. Feast Of Stephen (Heron)
  15. Long Long Road (Heron) [ Lyrics ]
Source : Audience Tape

Notes : One of Paul Bryant's long lost audience tapes. Last seen flying back to California with his ex-wife, Candy Cave, when they parted in 1974.


Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham, 10.3.72

  1. This Moment (Heron)
  2. Banks Of Sweet Italy (Williamson) [ Lyrics ]
  3. Down Before Cathay (LeMaistre)
  4. Restless Night (Williamson) [ Lyrics ]
  5. Sea White Horses (Williamson) [ Lyrics ]
  6. Flowers Of The Forest (Heron)
  7. Moon Hang Low (Williamson)
  8. Secret Temple (McKechnie/Heron) [ Lyrics ]
  9. Feast Of Stephen (Heron)
  10. ****** Jigs - The Bird That Lives On Rain/Yellow Flames Of Whin/Jenny In The Mosshouse/Drunken Black Winter (Williamson) ******
Source : Audience Tape

Notes : One of Paul Bryant's long lost audience tapes. Last seen flying back to California with his ex-wife, Candy Cave, when they parted in 1974.


Bickershaw Festival, Lancashire, 6.5.72

  1. This Moment (Heron)
  2. Black Jack David (Heron)
  3. The Circle Is Unbroken (Williamson)
  4. Jigs - The Bird That Lives On Rain/Yellow Flames Of Whin/Jenny In The Mosshouse/Drunken Black Winter (Williamson)
  5. Everything's Fine Right Now (Heron)
  6. Won't You Come See Me (Williamson) [ Lyrics ]
  7. Secret Temple (McKechnie/Heron) [ Lyrics ]
  8. Feast Of Stephen (Heron)
  9. Medley: Job's Tears (Williamson)/Koeeoaddi There (Williamson)/A Very Cellular Song (Heron)
  10. Weather The Storm (Williamson)
  11. Jigs - Eyes Like Leaves/Sunday Is My Wedding Day/Drops Of Whiskey/Grumbling Old Men (Williamson/Trad.)
Source : Tape and/or film probably exist

Notes : This famously wet UK festival was organised by the later to be British TV personality Jeremy Beadle. In order to recoup some of the money he lost on it, a documentary was made in conjunction with Granada TV. 'Secret Temple' was apparently heard over the closing credits, though whether the band made any further contribution is unknown as the programme has not been retransmitted since then - it may well still sit mouldering in Granada's vaults. In addition, a local TV news report, from either BBC NW or Granada ITV, featured a reporter's voice-over about the festival with footage of the band in the distance, again performing 'Secret Temple'. This is believed to have been shown on the Monday following the festival (8.5.72). The BBC's on-line programme catalogue lists another programme about Bickershaw, part of the documentary series 'A Day In The Life', which is believed to also feature 'Secret Temple', both during footage of the band and as background music. Ozit Records 2007 'Bickershaw Festival 1972' DVD (OZITDVDNO6) includes grainy black and white footage of the String Band performing 'Weather The Storm'. A second DVD, 2010's 'Bickershaw Festival 1972 Volume 2' (OZIT DVD 12), lists the following ISB tracks: 'Adam And Eve', 'Grandma Clears The Track' (obviously a mistitled 'Evolution Rag'), 'This Moment', 'Weather The Storm', 'Country And Western Theme', 'Medley Of Jigs' and 'Billy Go Store The Map' (that mistitled 'Evolution Rag' again). Reports suggest that 'Talking Of The End' and 'The Song Has No Ending' are also featured. However, given that the first DVD mixed live recordings with those sourced from the official albums, it's not clear which of these are live recordings from Bickershaw, live recordings from elsewhere, the standard album versions, or whether they match the accompanying visuals.


Ultrasonic Studios, Hempstead, NY, Early October 1972

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : WLIR-FM Radio, NY

Notes : The Google Books Billboard issue for 30.9.72 mentions upcoming live concert broadcasts on WLIR-FM, sponsored by Dr Pepper, including one by the ISB. This may or may not be a different show to the 'Warner Brothers Month' one on the 24.4.73. However, we know the band were in New York in early October 1972 as they played the Carnegie Hall on the 9th and My Father's Place on the 10th, 11th and 12th.


Birmingham Town Hall, 10.11.72

  1. Cousin Caterpillar (Heron)
  2. The Circle Is Unbroken (Williamson)
  3. Everything's Fine Right Now (Heron)
  4. Wild Cat Blues (Thomas 'Fats' Waller/Clarence Williams)
  5. First Girl I Loved (Williamson)
  6. Explorer (Heron)
  7. Weather The Storm (Williamson)
  8. Jigs - The Bird That Lives On Rain/Yellow Flames Of Whin/Jenny In The Mosshouse/Drunken Black Winter (Williamson)
  9. The Old Buccaneer (Williamson)
  10. Swipesy Cakewalk (Arthur Marshall/Scott Joplin)
  11. Giles Crocodile (Williamson) [ Lyrics ]
  12. Turquoise Blue (Heron)
  13. My Father Was A Lighthouse Keeper (LeMaistre)
  14. Hangman's Medley: Witches Hat (Williamson)/Koeeoaddi There (Williamson)/A Very Cellular Song (Heron)
  15. Jigs - Eyes Like Leaves/Sunday Is My Wedding Day/Drops Of Whiskey/Grumbling Old Men (Williamson/Trad.)
Source : Audience Tape

Notes : One of Paul Bryant's long lost audience tapes. Last seen flying back to California with his ex-wife, Candy Cave, when they parted in 1974.


1973

Southampton University, 17.2.73

  1. Cousin Caterpillar (Heron)
  2. Log Cabin Home In The Sky (Heron)
  3. Dumb Kate (Heron)
  4. Raga Tune (Williamson)
  5. Circus Girl (Williamson)
  6. At The Lighthouse Dance (LeMaistre)
  7. Second Fiddle (Duke Reid)
  8. Cold Days Of February (Williamson)
  9. Elite Syncopations (Scott Joplin)
  10. Maker Of Islands (Heron)
  11. Saturday Maybe (Williamson)
  12. Tear The Silk (Williamson)
  13. Medley: Douglas Traherne Harding (Heron)/You Get Brighter (Heron)/Dust Be Diamonds (Heron/Williamson)/White Bird (Heron)/Ducks On A Pond (Williamson)/Sleepers, Awake! (Heron)
Source : Audience Tape

Notes : One of Paul Bryant's long lost audience tapes. Last seen flying back to California with his ex-wife, Candy Cave, when they parted in 1974.


WUSB, Stony Brook, New York, 21.3.73

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : WUSB Radio, Stony Brook, New York

Notes : From a newspaper listing: 'The Incredible String Band - Music feature produced by Paul Rumpf'.


'Midnight Special', 11.5.73

  1. Black Jack David (Heron)
  2. The Old Buccaneer (Williamson)
Source : US NBC TV Broadcast

Notes : Possibly still exists in NBCs vaults. Details of this show are on the
TV.com web site.


US Breakfast TV, Atlanta, April/May 1973

  1. Black Jack David (Heron)
  2. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : US TV Broadcast

Notes : In an interview in 'Be Glad' issue 11, Malcolm mentions that the band appeared on breakfast TV in Atlanta, where they performed 'Black Jack David' (or something), and following a disastrous demonstration by the resident chef, an unscheduled bad version of something else from their current set! There's no mention of an Atlanta gig in Malcolm's diary of the 1973 'No Ruinous Feud' US tour, printed in 'Be Glad' issue 13, although there is a break between the 11th and 14th of May (the end of the tour). However, on April the 10th he notes "Last day in LA was spent watching the rain, but in the morning I was on television". Whether this was a different appearance or just confusion nearly thirty years on we don't know, however, in the interview he does say that the band did lots of TV and he is surprised that so little survives.


European TV, Late 1973 Or Early 1974

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : European TV

Notes : Graham Forbes said, in an interview in 'Be Glad' issue 9, that "The ISB were not banned from TV in Europe as they were in Britain and I recall one TV show we broadcast over the whole of Europe. Just us, no chat, no twee folk singers - just the band doing an hour-long session". Presumably this is a different show to the Danish, Italian and Swiss TV shows from March 1974.


Oxford, Late 1973 Or Early 1974

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : Bath Arts Workshop Cine Film

Notes : According to John 'Celtic Ways' on the ISB mailing list: "Also, at this time Bath Arts Workshop had set up a video division to their many activities. They could not afford a colour video set up with cost toward a million pounds in those days so they settled for black and white. They went around the country filming stuff. I do know this video team went to Oxford with the gear to video an ISB concert there, I think later 73, or maybe early 74. My memory is of them returning and saying how very loud it was and it was hard to get a sound balance. A Phil Shepherd was the main man, but I forget who the others were". The band played the New Theatre, Oxford on the 20.11.73 (this is where the live tracks on the 'Hard Rope And Silken Twine' LP were recorded) and Oxford Polytechnic on 04.03.74. As Island Records were already recording the New Theatre show, would this make it more or less likely to have been the one filmed?


1974

Granada TV Show, Manchester, 18.2.74

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : Granada ITV Regional TV

Notes : This date appears in the
'Be Glad' site diary section with no further information to corroborate it. It's possible that this was a broadcast of the 1972 Bickershaw Festival documentary.


Danish TV Special, Copenhagen, 2.3.74

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : Danish TV

Notes : This date appears in the 'Be Glad' site diary section and says that the band were invited back after their gig at the Falkonerteatret, Copenhagen on the 16.1.74.


Italian TV, Rome, March 1974

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : Italian TV

Notes : Mentioned in passing by Graham Forbes in an interview in 'Be Glad' issue 9- "I am sure we also did one in Rome. A live gig". Wolfgang's site's concert list shows the band played Teatro Storchi, Modena, Italy on 11.3.74 and Teatro Goldoni, Rome before that, although a newspaper clippling suggests that this Rome show was actually moved to Teatro Circo due to a double booking. Is this the Adesso Musica, RAI Uno TV, 22.3.74 show?


'Pop', RTSI-TV, Switzerland, 20.3.74

  1. Dear Old Battlefield (Williamson)
  2. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : Swiss TV Station RTSI

Notes : Wolfgang tracked down this TV appearance in an old newspaper TV listings. The listing reveals it was a 35 minute programme, starting at 1855. Presumably this is the appearance Graham Forbes mentions in an interview in 'Be Glad' issue 9 "there was a really good ISB tv show we recorded in Lugano. I think Mark (Anstey, ex-manager of both Robin and the reformed ISB) has tried to get that one without success". An ISB list member recalls seeing the band on Swiss TV, around late 73-ish. He thought it was on the French Swiss Channel, because Robin announced the songs in French, but it seems likely that it is this show. He remembers them playing 'Dear Old Battlefield', that Graham was on lead guitar and that a Mini Moog synthesizer was also being used.


Adesso Musica, RAI Uno TV, 22.3.74

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : RAI Uno Italian TV

Notes : From a newspaper listing, is this the Italian TV, Rome, March 1974 mentioned by Graham Forbes? Originally listed as 'Primo Canale', this is presumably the Italian RAI Uno channel. Clips of the Italian band 'Le Orme', who also performed on this show, are available on YouTube, so it is quite likely that the ISB performance does still exist.


Post-1974

KZOK Tuesday Concert 18.2.75

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : KZOK Radio, Seattle, Washington

Notes : From a newspaper listing: 9:00 'Tuesday Concert - Incredible String Band and Lindisfarne, acoustic folk groups'. Something from the archives as the band split up in 1974.


KPFK Folkscene Special 1.12.75/8.12.75

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : KPFK Radio, Los Angeles

Notes : From a newspaper listing: 'Folkscene Special - The Incredible String Band Story, Howard and Roz with special guest Robin Williamson' in two parts.


SR, P2, Sweden, 22.9.86

  1. ****** Unknown Titles ******
Source : Swedish Radio or TV?

Notes : From a newspaper listing: 'Det Tidlösa Livet - Speglat av Pachebel, Incredible String Band och Träd, Gräs och Stenar' ('The Timeless Life Reflected by Pachebel, Incredible String Band and Trees, Grass and Stones').