Indie Britannia Undergrowth

‘Revere Reach’ album!

William.D.Drake’s 5th album Revere Reach released Monday 15th June 2015 (read smashing reviews here). The 13 track recording, is on the Onomatopoeia label – Buy your album at Onomatopoeia or Bandcamp (also available at the usual online outlets).

wddraknfriendsAvailable on CD, vinyl and download. Visit the Discography to purchase (or listen to) all his magnificent recordings. See the Distant Buzzing and Be Here Steryear videos.

Ravishing and exquisite paintings by Orlanda Broom were created especially for the album cover.

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**Gigs** …..February 3rd & 4th 2017 LONDON (very special small concerts) details t.b.a….. 11th March 2017 (solo) PRESTON, THE FERRET (Stephen EvEn’s tour) details t.b.a….. 12th March 2917 (solo) GATESHEAD, Prohibition Bar (Stephen EvEn’s tour) details t.b.a…

We joyfully announce, the fabled ‘lost’ second Sea Nymphs album, written and recorded by Mr Tim Smith, Mr William D Drake and Mrs Sarah Squid-Smith (circa 1992), and titled On The Dry Land, is released on 4th November 2016 – the first album ‘Sea Nymphs’ is re-released on the same day (digipac and vinyl) plus t-shirts to match both albums, all available at






















14 responses

  1. Hi William, to these ears Reverie Reach is an absolute joy, a stunningly beautiful listen that bought tears to My eyes at various points throughout, I didn’t want it to end. My favourite album of the year by a clear mile and well worth the wait. A very huge thankyou.

    June 22, 2015 at 09:54

  2. Love Revere Reach, best album of the year. Looking forward to seeing you play in Manchester.

    July 2, 2015 at 18:24

    • Claire marshall

      Come to Preston … friday 18th November… only 45 mins from Manchester

      September 27, 2016 at 21:10

  3. The Crowman

    Works like these save lives. Mine, for sure.

    August 1, 2015 at 20:27

  4. Brilliant. An instant classic!

    October 2, 2015 at 09:45

  5. Claire marshall

    I have only recently re-explored some of the other projects that past members of the Cardiacs had been undertaking, and these are simply a joy to behold. Thanks so much for your truly unique and timeless music… a real gem, and hope to be able to listen to your creations again live in the future Mr Drake!
    Claire Marshall
    Music Archaeologist

    June 17, 2016 at 08:15

  6. Paul Aitkenhead

    I am delighted that you are receiving such excellent reviews. It is well deserved.

    August 22, 2016 at 10:52

  7. Paul Robson

    Any plans to come and play in Wales? Loved the Aldershot gig.

    October 10, 2016 at 18:56

  8. Paul Robson

    Loving ‘Revere Reach’…so much so that I am looking for others in your back catalogue but finding them difficult to spot. Also, want a t-shirt!!

    October 18, 2016 at 19:11

    • You can download the other four William D Drake albums from Bandcamp, plus a couple of singles and free tracks – you’ll also find William D Drake t-shirts there. (Follow the links from ‘Discography’ and ‘Flummery’ on the menu bar). Usually records and t-shirts are available at gigs (but these are not frequent events!). ‘Revere Reach’ may also be purchased from Onomatopoeia Records on CD and vinyl In answer to your earlier question, so far all plans to play in Wales have floundered….but very pleased you could come to the Aldershot show!

      Best wishes, Lisa pp William D Drake

      October 18, 2016 at 20:22

      • Paul Robson

        Thank you very much, Lisa for that info. My daughter is coming over from Melbourne on 1st December so seriously considering marching her straight off the plane to the gig in Camden. 🙂

        November 14, 2016 at 23:13

  9. Sandra Scovell

    At The Alphabet Business Convention in Salisbury Arts Centre on Saturday 2nd May 2015 you sang a song with a female guest which made my hear quiver! I haven’t found it on an album and didn’t catch her name (she was blonde). Can anyone please help with the title of the song and the name of the co-singer?

    November 14, 2016 at 15:00

    • Dear Sandra,
      The song was ‘Love’s Philosophy’ and the guest singer Mrs Sharron Fortnam. The song was originally performed by Lake of Puppies – William D Drake, Sharron Saddington (now Mrs Fortnam), Craig Fortnam and Chin Keeler. Mr Drake has just told me the song “Hasn’t been recorded yet, but really needs to be!!” You can hear more of Mrs Fortnam’s beautiful voice in North Sea Radio Orchestra, they have a new album out called ‘Dronne’.
      Best wishes, Lisa
      pp William D Drake

      November 14, 2016 at 21:13

  10. Stunning album, as always your work is sublime, keep up the good work I await your next masterpiece …. David Rees

    November 26, 2016 at 09:32

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