The night features some of Sydney’s best sing songwriters paying tribute to the Nick Drake Catalogue, including Emad Younan, Leroy Lee, Julia Johnson, Matt Tonks, Michael Azzopardi, Matt Ralph, Andy Gordon, Lauren Carlson, Nat James, Chris Neto, Rosie McDonald and Charli Rainford!
During his short lifetime, he was a tortured musical genius. Yet in death, Nick Drake has found an avid cult following.
Before dying from an overdose of anti-depressants at just 26, Drake released a trio of hauntingly beautiful albums: Five Leaves Left (1969), Bryter Layter (1970) and Pink Moon (1972). None sold more than a few thousand copies – and Drake’s reluctance to perform live certainly didn’t help sales during his lifetime.
Yet it was a rare live performance in Cambridge that led to Drake teaming up with producer Joe Boyd – a member of Fairport Convention caught the appearance and told Boyd about it. Boyd, who produced Fairport Convention and The Incredible String Band, was so impressed that he promptly offered the 20-year-old a recording contract in 1968.
Drake’s music – he left behind just three full-length albums and a handful of other songs recorded shortly before his death – has influenced countless other contemporary artists.