Diamond Day: Vashti Bunyan

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9 Comments on “Diamond Day: Vashti Bunyan”

  1. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    wonderful. another new one. are you doing this on purpose?
    It’s such a gem.

  2. Nan Says:

    I love this song, and this singer so much! Such a gentle, peaceful feel. Much like some of Donovan, I think.

    • katry Says:

      Nan,
      I did find a reference to Donovan when I was looking up more about Vashti,
      “She bought a horse and cart and set off in 1968 with her boyfriend for the dream of a creative colony that the singer Donovan was setting up on the Isle of Skye. It took nearly two long years to get there, by which time Donovan had left, but the experience formed the songs for ‘Just Another Diamond Day’, the album recorded by Joe Boyd (featuring members of The Incredible String Band and Fairport Convention) in November ‘69, during a trip back to London.”

      Read sblake below as he fills us in on her now.

  3. sblake Says:

    Lovely to hear Vashti.Diamond Day is from the album that was more or less lost on its release.In the mid to late 1960s, Bunyan was under contract to Andrew Oldham, which saw her release two singles. However, Bunyan found the experience frustrating, and decided to head for the Scottish islands in search of an artistic commune supposedly established by Donovan. She travelled around the countryside with her partner Robert in a horse-drawn wagon. It was during these travels that she wrote the songs which would later appear on Just Another Diamond Day.
    In the mid to late 1960s, Bunyan was under contract to Andrew Oldham, which saw her release two singles. However, Bunyan found the experience frustrating, and decided to head for the Scottish islands in search of an artistic commune supposedly established by Donovan. She travelled around the countryside with her partner Robert in a horse-drawn wagon. It was during these travels that she wrote the songs which would later appear on Just Another Diamond Day..Andrew Loog Oldham wanted her to be the next Marianne Faithful and they released, “Winter is Blue”, which again was a commercial failure.
    In 2006 “diamond day” was used in a phone company ad in the UK and the many followers (for many years) saw Vashti come out of retirement and has released two more albums.I saw her here in Oz a couple of years ago.She is very shy and retiring but still sounds as lovely today as she was then.

    • katry Says:

      sblake,
      Thank you for the video-you’re right: her voice is still so lovely, and I love the lyrics.

      I’m sorry there was such a disconnect in time between her earlier music and her new albums. What a lot of beautiful music we have missed.

  4. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    I put the youtube of three of her pieces on FB, the one above, the Train song, and the one you posted. The Stump game?


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