Nick Drake was a British singer songwriter from the early 1970s. His music has attracted a passionate, loyal following and influenced countless musicians. He’s often called a musician’s musician. But during his brief musical career he had little commercial success. Shy and private, Nick was never great on stage – but his guitar playing was brilliant and his songs were beautiful, melancholy, compelling. For years, he suffered from serious depression, and on November 25, 1974 he overdosed on anti-depressants. Thirty years after his death, Drake’s producer, Joe Boyd, gathered a group of musicians to pay tribute to Drake in a series of concerts and an accompanying record.
In this episode of Fugitive Waves we go behind the scenes with Joe Boyd and a cast of artists including Robyn Hitchcock, Lisa Hannigan, Green Gartside, Krystle Warren, Vashti Bunyan, and Nick’s sister, Gabrielle Drake, for The Making of Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake.