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Hurrah, new album released today!!


Buy your beautiful William D.Drake album ‘Revere Reach’ today.

Purchase Revere Reach vinyl LP’S and CD’s from Onomatopoeia here using Paypal .

Purchase Revere Reach downloads at Bandcamp here using Paypal.

Procuring Revere Reach direct from Onomatopoeia or Bandcamp you will ensure that much more of the proceeds go to William D.Drake. The album is also available on Amazon and iTunes.

‘Distant Buzzing’ The Official Video

William D.Drake proudly presents ‘Distant Buzzing’ – the official video, directed and produced by Ashley Jones of  The Chaos Engineers. Released today.

videograbbwebDistant Buzzing’ is the opening track on ‘Revere Reach’, the new William D.Drake album, a hearty, joyous tune with lyrics penned by Mr Drake’s great friend Mr James Kelsey-Fry. The video is a merry romp with William D.Drake and his band of affectionate friends – fleeting moments invoke memories of Mr Drake’s days in Cardiacs long ago…..


Enjoy and share!

“Revere Reach” available from 15th June 2015 on Onomatopoeia Records.

‘Distant Buzzing’ Video Credits:

William D. Drake: Voice box and keyboards
Andrea Parker: Voice box
James Larcombe: Keyboards and voice box
Richard Larcombe: Guitars and voice box
Nicola Baigent: Saxophones and flute
Jon Bastable: Bass
Stephen Gilchrist: Drums

Chris Powell: Percussion
The Consultant: Encouragement

Jamie Kelsey-Fry: The Lyric Wrangler
Anita: Donkey
Sarah: Mr Drake’s glamorous assistant
Dandy: Herself

Music by William D. Drake
Lyrics by Jamie Kelsey-Fry

Music recorded and engineered by Ben Davies
Drums recorded by Stephen Gilchrist
Mixed by Gaz Williams and Chris Powell
Mastered by Denis Blackham @ Skye Mastering

Video by Ashley Jones of The Chaos Engineers, ably assisted by Jon Brain.

Filmed at Brixton Hill Studios.

Marc Riley BBC 6 Music. Live session. 18th June 2015

A date for your diaries everybody. William D.Drake and his so-called friends are to play live on Marc Riley’s Radio 6  evening programme on Thursday 18th June 2015. This will be his third live session for Mr Riley – expect a selection of songs from the forthcoming album ‘Revere Reach’, released on Monday 15th June 2015.

A further song will be recorded at the BBC studios earlier that day to be played on Gideon Coe’s programme, which follows Marc Riley’s, between 9pm and midnight.

*(Mr Riley’s regular listeners will know that William D.Drake’s very jolly ‘Woolly Mammoth’ jingle is aired on most programmes).

Marc Riley – BBC 6 Music – 7-9pm

Thursday 18th June 2015.


“What a Pawformance!” …….

….. a reminder that next Friday, William D.Drake will host an intimate evening’s entertainment at Schott Music Shop; performing pieces from his beautiful  ‘Yew’s Paw’ album, with additional accompaniment from Miss Nicola Baigent on clarinet. Arrive early to see Mr James Larcombe and his marvellous melodeon. Read more here. Glass of wine and nibbles with Mr Drake’s compliments.

Friday 22nd May 2015.  7.30-9.30pm

Tickets £10 – Buy in person from Schott Music Shop or by telephone 020 7534 0710.

Schott Music Shop (Recital Room), 48 Great Marlborough Street, London. W1F 7BB

Hurrah! Only five days until….

….. ‘The Alphabet Business Convention’ at Salisbury Arts Centre on Saturday 2nd May 2015, when William D.Drake and his many so called friends take to the stage at Salisbury Arts Centre.

**By special arrangement, copies of the forthcoming album ‘Revere Reach’ will be available to buy at the show – 6 weeks ahead of the release date on June 15th 2015**

Saturday 2nd May 2015.   Doors 5pm.  Tickets £20/£15 buy them here.

Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury. Wilts, SP1 3UT.


Just five days to go….

… until William D.Drake and his splendid band grace the stage of The Brunswick in Brighton, on  Saturday  25th April 2015.

**By special arrangement, a limited number of copies of the forthcoming album ‘Revere Reach’ will be available to buy at the show – 7 weeks ahead of the release date on June 15th 2015**

Doors 8pm. Over 18’s. Tickets £7/£6. Buy tickets here .

‘The Real Music Club’, The Brunswick, 1 Holland Road, Brighton. BN3 1JF

New album announcement!


It is with immense joy that William D.Drake announces the forthcoming release of his new album entitled Revere Reach’ on Monday 15th June 2015.

Keen eared listeners to the Marc Riley BBC 6 Music programme will have heard the magnificent opening composition on the album, Distant Buzzing’, aired numerous times in recent weeks.

Revere Reach will be available on CD, vinyl and download.

Mr Corbin’s Bumming Shed

William Drake will be joining  his dear friend Mrs Sharron Fortnam  performing ‘Lake of Puppies’* music as part of this very special celebratory day on Saturday 24th August 2013, at Salisbury Arts Centre.

An extravaganza of music, art and film to celebrate esteemed musician Mr Tim Smith of Cardiacs. A super day of activities has been planned, there will be… MUSIC from Scaramanga 6 and Lake of Puppies plus special guests; ART from Mrs Sarah Cutts-Smith-Jones (ex-Cardiacs saxophonist); FILMS on a big screen – including rarely seen rehearsal films; followed by a Cardiacs DISCO; OFFICIAL MERCHANDISE on sale. 

5pm-11pm.  Tickets £16

 Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street. Salisbury. Wiltshire. SP1 3UT.

*’Lake of Puppies’ ensemble  formed c.1994 by Mr Drake, Miss Sharron Saddington (now Mrs Fortnam) and Mr Craig Fortnam. (The Fortnams are now famed for their North Sea Radio Orchestra).

Sunday 28th July 2013 – The Boogaloo, Highgate. London.

William D.Drake will be appearing as special guest of the rather extraordinary Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra : also performing during the evening will be singer-songwriter Martin Carr (The Boo Radleys).  The orchestra will be backing both Mr Drake and Mr Carr promising  to be a one-of-a-kind concert.

Doors open 4pm, bands start at 5pm, entertainments conclude around 9.30pm. 

The Boogaloo. 312 Archway Road,Highgate, London N6 5AT

Musica Continua. Mestre (Venice). Italy. 6th April 2013

Join Mr Drake and his so called friends for a super Spring weekend in Italy! They are thrilled to be returning to Musica Continua at Hotel Bologna in Mestre (Venice), performing the old favourites plus the odd new song or two destined for the next album (currently being recorded).

Mestre is the mainland part of Venice, popular with visitors because it’s only a short train,bus or boat ride from the old city.

For more information-

Hotel Bologna. Via Piave 214. 30171 Mestre. Venice.Italy.

Fond memories of Musica Continua  2012

Tune-in! BBC Radio 6 live session 29/10/12

Mr Marc Riley has invited Mr William D. Drake and his band to perform another live music session on his evening radio programme on Monday 29th October 2012 from 7-9pm. Mr Drake promises brand new songs from his next album, currently in the early stages of recording.

Now its done you can tune in to the session again again again for a week!

For those seeking news of the Free download single “Lawrence” we are almost ready to send out the dowdload codes to all those subscribed.

William D. Drake and So-Called Friends play Musica Continua Mestre 31/03/2012

William D. Drake and So-Called Friends have been invited back to the Hotel Bologna in Mestre, to perform at the Musica Continua festival on 31st March of this year. James and Richard Larcombe will be performing as Stars in Battledress earlier in the evening and  then joining Mr Drake alongside Duggie Parker and Nicky Baigent for a collection of songs old and pretty brand new. More details may be found at

Tuning of seasons

Come and see William D Drake promoting his latest album ‘The Rising of the Lights’ at a couple of performances this autumn ..

Firstly on November 12th Believers Roast will be staging Roast Fest, a free all-day event with performances by:

KnifeworldSanguine HumWilliam D DrakeStars In BattledressRedbus NofaceArch GarrisonThumpermonkeyMatt Stevens and Admirals Hard

This coincides with an LP release “A central element” featuring material from many of the above mentioned artists.

Then on Saturday December 10th 2pm Bill joins Left With Pictures + Oliver Ralfe for Daylight Sessions at Union Chapel in Islington, London..

St Giles-in-the-Fields Friday July 15th

William D Drake will be playing pieces from Yew’s Paw – also selections from barely-heard work – prior to North Sea Radio Orchestra playing from their beautiful new album ‘I a Moon’.

Video from the event can be seen on youtube.

The Rising of the Lights

William D. Drake and Onomatopoeia Records proudly announce the release of their new long-playing record, The Rising Of The Lights.

The album’s title is taken from a mysterious cause of death which plagued London during the 18th and 19th centuries. Drake discovered the malady in a Victorian medical journal somewhere among Venice’s labyrinth of canals while on an Italian tour. “I liked the sound of the words: it stuck with me”. This said, The Rising of the Lights is a work at the very peak of health. Whether it be the ancient grind of James Larcombe’s hurdy gurdy, rediscovered gems from The Sea Nymphs project, or the curious fixation on disease, a spice of old time pervades the new compositions. But this record could not come from a different artist, nor be created at a different time. To quote ‘Ornamental Hermit’, titled from the long-forgotten eccentric English practice of wealthy families keeping an elderly, grey-bearded hermit within their grounds, The Rising of the Lights is ‘overflowing with joy and with pain’.

Marc Riley BBC Radio 6 session

William D Drake his so called friends – James Larcombe (hurdy gurdy/television organ/harmonium/vocals) , Gaz Williams (bass guitar), , Richard Larcombe (electric and acoustic guitar/vocals), Stephen Gilchrist (drums),  Nicola Baigent (clarinet) and Dug Parker (miniature tambourine/toy glockenspiel/vocals).

performed a session for the Marc Riley radio6 show which was played live on Monday July 11th which you can now listen back to via the BBC website or here via our quick edit. They also recorded a song for Gideon Coe to play at his leisure. Hurrah! which we don’t have a recording of just yet..  bah!

BBC6 Sessions

Both Marc Riley and Gideon Coe are arranging sessions for BBC6 broadcast in July. In the meantime the airwaves have been flooded with the meanderings of Mr Drake’s afflicted mind via the jockeyship of Messrs Riley and Coe among others and reviews for the new LP have been glowing with praise, these things work together and so sales are good !

Mark Riley session now confirmed for  11 July 7pm sharp, so set your alarms now.. (please double check program listings)

The Rising of the Lights release and album launch!

Hooray! William’s new album ‘The Rising of the Lights’ is to be released on May 16th 2011, and there is to be a party at Arnold’s, 24 Bride Lane, London EC4Y 8DT on Tuesday May 17th. There will be special guests! Please put in your diaries – more info to follow soon!

William D.Drake gig this Thursday April 14th

William D.Drake and band play the Buffalo Bar (Highbury and Islington tube) this Thursday 14th April. The evening is to celebrate 10 years of Glass Shrimpery. More details will be unravelled very soon, hopefully…

Musica Continua February 19th 2011

William D. Drake has been invited to play as part of the Musica Continua series at the Hotel Bologna, Mestre, Italy. He will be accompanied by James Larcombe, Dug Parker and Nicola Baigent. They will be performing songs from the forthcoming album ‘The Rising of the Lights’ –  and expect some surprises!

Venice photos

There are some great photos of Bill’s gig in Venice on the 10th April on the Musica Continua website: