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Donovan at Bath.
6-28-70.

 


          It proved fortunate for the organisers of Bath that young master Donovan decided he'd pop along to the festival to see what was going down .He'd not been performing in public for about a year , his last big show had been another impromptu set at the Blind Faith Hyde Park show in 1969, and once again , he played for free to a huge audience.

      Not only did he play on Saturday, taking over from Joe Jammer who were struggling to keep the audience entertained whilst the scheduled bands were caught in traffic in the narrow roads that led to the festival, but he gave a second performance on the Sunday, stepping in yet again to fill a gap in the program . He had "phoned  the organizers two or three days before" to say he might show up - and being no pampered superstar, had slept overnight in his van in a nearby field. When called upon to play he did so for over two hours and proved to be far more acceptable to the audience than Joe Jammer had been .

     It may have been a bit long for an impromptu spot - but he did splendid work filling in while other bands were stuck in the chaotic traffic conditions.  The past 12 months in Donovan's career had been something of a mystery . Not since the jam session with Jeff Beck which produced  Barabajagal had anything been heard of the curly haired gypsy . 

Right : The Don onstage on Saturday

© Derek Halsall

The electric set on Sunday © Julian Bradford

© Julian Bradford

 

  

     During part of one set he was accompanied by a bassist and a drummer , so it must have been in the back of his mind that he would play at the festival. The first set was fun and featured a lot of his old favourites, however, on the Sunday some of the magic was missing - or perhaps a lot of us were hearing it all for the second time , whatever , on Sunday he did tend to overstay his welcome.

photos 3and 4 © Kenny Feuerman contact

However, give credit where credit is due- he played for free and he filled in a long tedious gap in the proceedings. Donovan was good value and his talents were often underrated, being seen as a second class Dylan clone, he was a lot more than that and he was a true player and a genuine talent . ....


Set list.
       Some recordings of numbers exist for definite. I have a tape of Don playing Mellow Yellow from Bath , but its not known which day. This set list is from Rob Huntley (with corrections from Rocky ) and details the Sunday show. Its not known if this is a complete set. A tape exists of this show, quality C to D- (mostly D I'm afraid).

Waiting To Be Reborn

First There Is A Mountain

Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)

Wherever You Want Me

Sunshine Superman

I'll Sing A Song For You

Mellow Yellow

Catch The Wind

Hurdy Gurdy Man

There Was An Old Lady

Riki-Tiki-Tavi.

Season Of The Witch.

Colour stills are taken from super rare 8mm footage of Donovan onstage at Bath sent to us by Jochen Laschinsky © most probably taken from the Sunday performance.

 

Donovan onstage ©Jochen Laschinsky


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