Classic Album Sundays celebrated Nick Drake’s seminal album “Bryter Layter” with a session supporting The House of St Barnabas charity. The album was presented by CAS founder Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy and guest host, Joe Boyd, an integral figure in Nick Drake’s musical career. Joe had so many interesting stories about working with Nick, as well as many insights into his music. The filmed full interview is available here.
Following the interview, the album was played in its entirety on a fabulous Audio Note hi-fi in the atmospheric and intimate surroundings of the chapel at The House of St Barnabas on Soho Square in London. All ticket proceeds went to the House of St Barnabas charity whose vision is to create a future where sustained employment is a reality for those affected by homelessness.
Nick Drake’s poignant lyrics and exquisite guitar playing has made him a posthumous cult figure. He has also been an inspiration to many musicians including REM, Dream Academy, Lucinda Williams, Paul Weller, Robyn Hitchcock and too many more to mention. His first two albums were produced by Joe Boyd who discovered Drake and has his own interesting story to tell (including his part when Bob Dylan went electric at Newport Jazz Festival).
The House of St Barnabas has been a charity in the heart of Soho, London since 1846. Its vision today is to create a future where sustained employment is a reality for those affected by homelessness. This autumn, the club at The House of St Barnabas will open its doors, the first not-for-profit members’ club with an integrated Employment Academy supporting London’s homeless back in to sustained employment. The club will provide opportunities for work experience in a dynamic environment with first rate commercial hospitality training.