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Also, I guess I didn’t do too much promotion. At that time, if you didn’t go out on the road, if you didn’t do live performances, it was very difficult for anybody to promote you. And I had chosen not to do that, so really it was nobody else’s fault but mine. Bunyan's voice was heard on Saint Etienne Presents Finisterre (2005), a documentary about London featuring the music of the band Saint Etienne.

I sometimes listen to a song of somebody's and I think it’s a beautiful song with a wonderful melody, but then wonder why can’t they just get rid of those drums? They don’t need to be there. It’d be really beautiful without them. Because sometimes I think people think they have to be there. And I really don’t think so. Not on everything. I get very bored with them. a b c Unterberger, Richie. "Just Another Diamond Day – Review". allmusic.com . Retrieved 1 September 2015. a b Rogers, Jude (18 March 2022). "Folk star Vashti Bunyan: 'My voice made me think of sorrow. I didn't even sing to my children' ". The Guardian. Again, these are very minor at best and whats really important in this case I feel is to have a quiet playing copy, which my Golden isnt so much when compared to the Branch, but thats neither here nor there since mine was bought used and looks somewhat worn. I don’t know. I was playing in Moscow a few years ago by myself and there were these young girls in the front row who were singing along with the songs from Just Another Diamond Day.


She soldiers on, laughing apologetically through the farting, beginning with Here Before. Inspired when an old Gypsy woman looked down at Bunyan’s firstborn and declared that he had “been here before”, it dates from her second album, Lookaftering, which took as its theme Bunyan’s long, cloistered exile indoors, away from music. As a mother’s song to her children, it could easily be nauseating. But there’s no coochie-coo to Here Before. Bunyan regards her offspring as fully formed entities, wild and outside her ken. A circular motif unobtrusively carries the spare vocal melody.

Kitty Empire, Wayward by Vashti Bunyan review – the adventures of wander woman" The Observer 3 April 2022But then when Just Another Diamond Day finally came out in 1970, you decided to abandon your musical career altogether. Why?

What was your voice like when you returned to making music in the early 2000s? Was it out of shape? Did it sound differently? I’m glad you brought up performing, because was that something you did before releasing your second and third albums? Then, a few years ago, while surfing the Web, Bunyan says she was amazed to find that the music she'd given up for good was actually alive and well. In fact, Just Another Diamond Day and other early recordings were becoming cult classics to a new generation of musicians, and in 2004, that album was reissued. In 2005, Bunyan released her first batch of new songs in 35 years on a thoughtful, bittersweet album called Lookaftering. Friend, fellow folk singer and longtime fan Devendra Banhart reportedly writes her name on his arm before some concerts. I was a mother of three, and I think my partner and I, Robert, were always looking for the elusive place that we could make our own. We lived in various rented farmhouses. And we made our living by buying and selling old country furniture, farmhouse, antique-y stuff, and having markets by the side of the road. I called it living on wit, and that’s what we did really. We just did what we could to get by.Eventually we did find a place that we could buy and make our own. We had various animals and there was always lots of people going through. There wasn’t much music, but there were a lot of friends and a lot of children and horses and dogs and stuff. It was a pretty rural life. I found myself on the phone with the British folk singer on a winter’s morning in 2016. I’d convinced her record label, Fat Cat, into letting me interview her even though I wasn’t on assignment and had no clue where I’d eventually — if ever — publish our conversation.

And then we went through a few things, and I was like, ‘Well, there’s this phrase my family uses for taking care of people or things or animals or whatever: look-aftering.’ And everybody in the room said ‘Yes! That's it!’ So that’s what it became. And I remember standing on the pavement outside my cottage and reading the paper and closing it and saying to myself, ‘I’m never doing this again. I can’t do this anymore. I’m obviously no good at it.’ We were, yes. But by the time we made it, he wasn’t there any more. It took us a year and a half to get there. Donovan had set off with his friends in a Land Rover and we'd set off at the same time with our horse and our wagon. I know that you’ve since been on a few worldwide tours, and I think it’s so cool that you were touring in your 60s.


Leach, Jeanette (2010). Seasons They Change: The Story of Acid and Psychedelic Folk . Jawbone Publishing. pp.47–48. ISBN 9781906002671. Lush covered her song "I'd Like To Walk Around in Your Mind". They got to know it from the Circus Days compilation. The rest of the time, I do a little bit of recording, but not much. Though what I’m really supposed to be doing — and finding very difficult — is write.

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