The Incredibles are quite a strange band to have made it big. They came out of the Underground and epitomised the spiritual explorations of that era. They started out as a trio – Mike Heron, Clive Palmer and Robin Williamson, but Clive soon left.
They were a colourful bunch, living in a commune and espousing a very upbeat multi-instrumental ensemble incorporating Indian instruments, philosophy and religion.
I first saw them as a duo at a festival where they sat cross-legged on the stage surrounded by an array of instruments, some very weird looking, that they proceeded to pick up and put down seemingly at whim. I loved them.
Their songs were infectious – Maybe Someday She’ll Come Come Along.
I followed them around a lot through many incarnations – with the girls at the Palladium, at the roundhouse with the dancers and at festivals.
They always seemed so cheerful.
I went to see them at the Bloomsbury Theatre in 1997 and had a backstage pass from my managerial mate Darren. There were lots of the glitterati there – like Robert Plant. The Incredibles were very well thought of and inspired bands like Led Zep.
I later saw them touring with Clive Palmer and Robin’s wife Bina. I had the pleasure of a long chat with Clive. He told me he’d been living in a small house in France. A nice guy.
So today I will be playing my extensive Incredible String Band collection very LOUD!! It will be great to reacquaint myself!!
Stay Safe!! May the Long time sunshine upon you.