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ROBIN WILLIAMSON

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ROBIN WILLIAMSON is a Scottish musician, author and historian who grew up in the Edinburgh area and is best known as founder of the legendary INCREDIBLE STRING BAND along with CLIVE PALMER (C.O.B., FAMOUS JUG BAND) and MIKE HERON (HERON, MIKE HERON'S INCREDIBLE ACOUSTIC BAND).

Williamson began his musical career while still a teenager who both roomed and routed with BERT JANSCH before forming ISB. Signed almost immediately by Elektra's transplanted American talent scout and producer JOE BOYD, ISB behind Williamson's direction and voluminous songwriting established themselves as the fathers of what would eventually become known as acid folk, their substantial discography forming the influential basis for both contemporaries and at least two generations of folk-rock musicians who would follow them.

While still a member of ISB, Williamson recorded the first solo album in what would eventually expand to a discography of more than forty studio, live and video releases.

Following the disbanding of the Incredible String Band Williamson formed a touring and recording troupe known as THE MERRY BAND, made up of friends, acquaintances and follow folk enthusiasts. They would record three albums in less than two years before changes in public tastes and Williamson?s interests led to his striking out once again on his own.

Over the years Williamson would record with several icons of folk music including old friends Clive Palmer, Mike Heron, JOHN RENBOURN and longtime partner BINA WILLIAMSON. He has also released a number of folk and music-oriented texts, prints, paintings and instructional books, and formed his own label (Pig's Whisker).

Williamson reunited with Palmer and Heron as ISB for several years in the mid-90s, but by 2003 was once again performing solo along with his wife Bina.

Robin Williamson has continued to perform and record well into the 21st century. His substantial discography and written works, as well as his established status as patriarch of folk-rock and traditional folk music, along with two Grammy nominations, cement his place in the annals of progressive folk.

>> Bio by Bob Moore (aka ClemofNazareth) <<

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Myrrh
1972
4.00 | 1 ratings
Robin Williamson & His Merry Band - Journey's Edge
1977
4.00 | 1 ratings
Robin Williamson & His Merry Band - American Stonehenge
1978
4.00 | 1 ratings
Robin Williamson & His Merry Band - A Glint at the Kindling
1979
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Songs of Love and Parting
1981
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Music for the Mabinogi - Cerddoriaeth Ar Gyfer Y
1983
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Legacy of the Scottish Harpers
1984
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Legacy of the Scottish Harpers Volume 2
1986
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Winter's Turning
1986
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Songs for Children of All Ages
1987
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Ten of Songs
1988
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Music for the Newly Born
1990
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The Island of the Strong Door
1996
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Songs for the Calendarium
1996
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Mirrorman's Sequences
1997
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Dream Journals
1997
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Memories/Erinnerungen
1997
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Celtic Harp Airs & Dance Tunes
1997
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A Job of Journey Work
1998
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Gems of Celtic Story One: Tale of Culhwch and Olwen
1998
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Gems of Celtic Story Two: Tales For The Rising Year
1998
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Ring Dance
1998
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The Old Fangled Tone
1999
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Cerddoriaeth I Macbeth / Music for Macbeth
1999
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Just Like the Ivy and Other Favourite Songs (Williamson/Palmer/Dando/Williamson)
2000
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Robert Louis Stevenson's Edinburgh
2000
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Gems of Celtic Story Three: A Tale of the Deeds of the Tuatha de Danaan
2001
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The Seed-at-Zero
2001
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Carmina (with Bina Williamson)
2002
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Skirting the River Road
2003
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The Iron Stone
2006
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Just Like the River and Other Songs with Guitar
2008

ROBIN WILLIAMSON Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

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Wheel Of Fortune (with John Renbourn)
1993
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The Merry Band's Farewell Concert at McCabe's
1997

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Robin Williamson in Concert
1990

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Songs & Music 1977
1986
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Pig's Whisker Music Sampler
1998
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Four Gruagach Tales
2006

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English, Welsh, Scottish, & Irish Fiddle Tunes
1976

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 Myrrh by WILLIAMSON, ROBIN album cover Studio Album, 1972
2.10 | 2 ratings

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Myrrh
Robin Williamson Prog Folk

Review by Easy Livin
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin

2 stars HELP!

Best known as a founding member of the Incredible String Band, Scotland's Robin Williamson made his solo d'but with this 1972 release while still a member of the band. The album appears as the second release on Island Records under the 'HELP' catalogue number (HELP2), indicating that it was a budget priced album (along with other similarly marketed albums such as 'Pictures at an Exhibition' ' ELP and 'Earthbound' - King Crimson). The attractive pricing meant that the album attracted attention from a much wider audience than might have been expected, Williamson's name being unfamiliar to virtually all who bought it. The LP came in an attractive embossed cover, with a colourful inner sleeve bearing the lyrics and recording details together with hieroglyphs (and translation!).

Despite the successful marketing strategy, 'Myrrh' was and always will be a niche album which will only ever appeal to a relatively small group of people. Williamson takes on the vast majority of the vocal and instrumental duties himself, calling on a small number of helpers to add colour to selected tracks. He also writes all the songs here except for the opening "Strings in the Earth and Air" written by Ivan Pawle. Williamson's voice is perhaps most kindly described as an acquired taste, his screeching drawls and wails being passionate but somewhat challenging.

I well remember listening to this album several times around the time of its release, and feeling that something was 'missing', but unable to put my finger on what it was. It was only when I noticed that right at the end of the opening song a couple of bass notes filled out the sound, that I realised it was indeed bass which was virtually absent. If I was being positive, I would say that this brings out the fine instrumentation, but in all honesty it results in a sparse, uninteresting sound with something of a demo atmosphere.

If Williamson's voice was more orthodox, the effect may have been less glaring, but it really is hard work at times to appreciate the fine lyrics and musicianship in such surroundings. That musicianship sees Williamson playing a diversity of instruments ranging from acoustic guitar to cello, oboe and violin.

It is only when we get to the side two opener 'Sandy land', complete with country style pedal steel guitar, that we really find anything truly melodic. Here we suddenly find a hook and backing vocals (by Williamson himself). The song has the feel of a Bob Dylan single, the great Gerry Conway's drumming adding further depth to the piece. Conversely, the lengthy 'Cold harbour' is an atmospheric but doomy dirge featuring only acoustic guitar and vocals which I regret to say left me as cold as said harbour.

I have seen it said somewhere that '...fans flocked to 'Myrrh'...'. This is a little misleading, as the album sold on the back of its peers on the Help label, the inquisitive being drawn in by the low price.

As I suggested earlier, this is an album for those already converted to the music of the Incredible String band. Williamson is clearly a talented writer and performer, but like Dylan himself, this does not necessarily mean he is an easy listen. Approach with caution.

Thanks to ClemofNazareth for the artist addition.

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