Vashti Bunyan

Now based in Edinburgh, Vashti’s story tells of the thwarted promise of early fame, disenchantment, long-term exile and eventual rediscovery. In the mid-‘60s, after quitting art school to concentrate on music, she was discovered by The Rolling Stones’ guru, Andrew Loog Oldham, signed to Decca and recorded a single written by Jagger / Richards. Reviews touted her as ‘the new Marianne Faithful’ or the ‘female Bob Dylan’ (though Vashti claimed to be neither), yet further singles remained unreleased, leading to a sense of despair and a rejection of the music industry.

After living under canvas in the bushes behind Ravensbourne College of Art, 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 Scottish Isle of Skye. It took them 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 (and featuring members of The Incredible String Band and Fairport Convention) in November ‘69, during a trip back to London. On the album’s muted release in 1970, rather than hang around to promote the record, Vashti left the city again to live with the Incredible String Band in the Scottish Borders, and then (with horses, wagons, dogs and children) on to Ireland and back - to obscurity in the Scottish hills.





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Vashti Bunyan - Heartleap | The Skinny Sessions

Vashti Bunyan invited The Skinny into her Edinburgh home to talk a little about the songs and story behind her new album Heartleap. The video also includes rehearsal in her home studio with guitarist Gareth Dickson.

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Vashti Bunyan - I Want To Be Alone

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Vashti Bunyan - Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind

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Vashti Bunyan - 17 Pink Sugar Elephants (BBC Sessions)

Vashti Bunyan plays some songs from her Edinburgh home, exclusively for BBC Collective.

4 years ago
Vashti Bunyan (Interview)

BBC Collective interview legendary folk singer Vashti Bunyan in her Edinburgh home.

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