Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Joe Boyd's lecture at the Black Box is found lacking in colour

Nick Drake: An illustrated lecture by Joe Boyd

Legendary record producer Joe Boyd visited Belfast's Black Box on Saturday afternoon to reminisce about the cult singer-songwriter Nick Drake, who died in 1974.

Boyd, who worked on Drake's first two albums, 1969's Five Leaves Left and the following year's Bryter Layter, is clearly still in thrall to the late folk star.

His talk offered some useful insights, notably about how live gigs are the closest the 21st century has to the productions of the 1960s and how Drake's music, never popular during his lifetime, now "floats freely".

But the 70-year-old's monotone Boston drawl became rather wearing after a while.

Billed as an 'illustrated lecture', it was 45 minutes in before Boyd stepped away from the lectern. The rest of the hour and a half could be tough going. Boyd bemoaned the "colourful but irrelevant facts" often trotted out about musicians, but this lecture could have done with a little more colour.

THREE STARS

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