The Incredible String Band

British psychedelic folk band / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Incredible String Band (sometimes abbreviated as ISB) were a British psychedelic folk band formed by Clive Palmer, Robin Williamson and Mike Heron in Edinburgh in 1966.[1] The band built a considerable following, especially in the British counterculture, notably with their albums The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion, The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter, and Wee Tam and the Big Huge. They became pioneers in psychedelic folk and, through integrating a wide variety of traditional music forms and instruments, in the development of world music.

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The Incredible String Band
A black-and-white photo of the band on a stairwell
The Incredible String Band (1970)
Standing: Likky McKechnie. Seated L-R: Mike Heron, Rose Simpson, Robin Williamson
Background information
OriginEdinburgh, Scotland
Years active1966–1974, 1999–2006
LabelsElektra, Island
Past membersMike Heron
Robin Williamson
Clive Palmer
Licorice McKechnie
Rose Simpson
Malcolm Le Maistre
Stan Schnier
Jack Ingram
Gerard Dott
Graham Forbes
John Gilston
Lawson Dando
Bina Williamson
Claire Smith

Following Palmer's early departure, Williamson and Heron performed as a duo, later augmented by other musicians. The band split up in 1974. They reformed in 1999 and continued to perform with changing lineups until 2006.

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