Vashti Bunyan

Vashti Bunyan was born in Newcastle in 1945. After moving to London, she was discovered by former Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham with whom she worked on a few unsuccessful singles. In 1968, Bunyan recorded her first full-length with members of the folk bands Fairport Convention and the Incredible String Band. At its release, Just Another Diamond Day (1970), went largely unnoticed, which left Bunyan discouraged to continue.

Vashti Bunyan retired from music until the late 90s, when her song ‘Diamond Day’ was used in a popular commercial. To her surprise, her album had garnered a steady fan-base since its release, counting Banhart, Newsom and most of the ‘New Weird America’ amongst its greatest fans. On Banhart’s initiative, Bunyan began writing and performing again, becoming heavily involved with the scene. She released Lookaftering in 2005, 35 years after Diamond Day, to unanimous acclaim and has since continued collaborating and performing. Due to Bunyan’s immense influence, she is often referred to as the ‘Godmother of freak-folk’.