For May Classic Album Sundays Orkney focuses on Nick Drake’s 1969 debut album Five Leaves Left. Produced by 60’s legend Joe Boyd the album features Richard Thompson (of Fairport Convention) and Danny Thompson (of Pentangle) as well as the beautiful string arrangements of Robert Kirby. Despite being championed by D.J. John Peel, the album initially sold less than 6,000 copies. Now, over four decades since Drake’s death, Five Leaves Left is seen as an iconic album in British Folk music and his songs are cited as an influence by Peter Buck of REM and Robert Smith of The Cure. 

Join us for an insight into the making of the album and to hear it as intended; uninterrupted on vinyl through a great hi-fi system.


Date and Time: Sunday May 27th 2018 4:00pm – 5:30pm


The Sound Archive, The Old Library, 8 Laing Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NW


£5 in advance


Adrian Holmes

Audio Menu

Linn Akurate LP12 turntable, Linn Krystal MC cartridge, Simaudio phono stage, Rega Brio amplifier, KEF R500 speakers