- 14 Jan 19
A new book by Adrian Whittaker focuses on the glory years of legendary Irish folk act Dr Strangely Strange, from 1967-1972.
Launching their debut album Kip of the Serenes in 1969, Irish psychedelic Folk group Dr. Strangely Strange was originally comprised of Tim Booth, Tim Goulding and Ivan Pawle, with Gay and Terry Woods, Andy Irvine, Johnny Moynihan, Brush Shiels and Gary Moore becoming involved at various stages.
The band proved to be influential on the Irish music scene, occupying "The Orphanage" (or so nicknamed by its residents), a building that also helped to launch the careers of Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott, Gary Moore and others. Notably, the band also went on tour with Fotheringay in 1969 and went on to feature on the String Bands LP, Changing Horses later that year.
However, after their second album Heavy Petting was released in 1970, Dr Strangley Strange began to dissolve, with one member fleeing to a Buddhist monastery and the band eventually calling it quits in 1971.
Now a new book by Adrian Whittaker, Dr. Strangely Strange - Fitting Pieces to The Jigsaw, promises to lift the lid on the psychedelic folk act and the Dublin counterculture which bred them.
According to Iain Sinclair, author psychogeographer and contemporary of the Strangelies, "heroic retrievals, digging and sifting the mists of memory, reveal the secret history of a Dublin band finding themselves, and the words and sounds of that city's emerging subterranean moment".
Dr. Strangely Strange - Fitting Pieces to The Jigsaw will be released on March 15th 2019.
Two Dublin events will take place to celebrate the launch of the book, both featuring the original band. On Thursday, April 11th a reading and short acoustic set will take place at the Gutter Bookshop in Temple Bar at 2.00pm with an evening gig at DC Music Club planned after (doors 8.00pm).
For tickets for the Dublin launch events see http://www.musiclee.ie/
For more information on the book visit: https://drstrangelystrange.co.uk/index.html