Archive for August, 2017

Spent an evening  in the agreeable company of Michael Burdett, author of the wonderful book “Strange Face”.  In the 1970s, working as a post-boy at Island Records, Michael was given permission to take a batch of old studio tapes to re-use. One of them caught his eye: “Nick Drake, Cello Song” with the words “with love…” scrawled on the box. Nick Drake died in 1974 aged just 26, as a relatively unknown artist but is now hailed as one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the past 50 years. It was over 20 years before Michael played the tape and when he did, he was astonished to hear an unknown version of “Cello Song”, one of Nick Drake’s most-loved songs. With CD and headphones, Michael travelled the country, offering people the chance to hear this “lost recording” – from well-known actors and musicians to city bankers, farmers and hairdressers, “Strange Face” is a unique set of photographs detailing his journey.

Michael also performs the live, spoken word show “Strange Face”, a show which celebrates life’s little coincidences and Nick Drake’s legacy. The show won Darkchat’s Best Fringe Show at Edinburgh in 2016. More details can be found at

Micheal Burdett STRANGE FACE