Indie Britannia Undergrowth


Komedia, Brighton. Sunday July 5th 2015


William D.Drake and his band of affectionate friends return to the Brighton Komedia, showcasing songs from his splendid new album ‘Revere Reach’.

Arrive early to see Crayola Lectern.

Komedia Studio Bar, 44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton, BN1 1UN

Doors 7.30pm

Tickets £7.  Buy tickets here.

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.


‘William D.Drake Pawformance’ – Friday 22nd May 2015. London. Schott Music Shop.

yewspawlpcoverGrabwebYou are most warmly invited to an evening performance of ‘Yew’s Paw’ in the intimate surroundings of Schott Music Shop in Central London.

Glass of wine and nibbles will be provided with Mr Drake’s compliments.

Be sure to arrive early to enjoy Mr James Larcombe performing on his marvellous melodeon.

Yew’s Paw is an album of piano pieces written and performed by Mr Drake at his pianoforte, and released in February 2007.

Listen to tracks and buy the album here.


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



Subba-Cultcha. February 2007 – Jonathan Sebire

‘Yew’s Paw’ consists of thirteen solo piano pieces, a macabre soundtrack that draws forth a huge swell of foreboding and tempered power across its duration. Drawing on childhood obsessions with Disney, Spike Milligan and such leviathans as Debussy and Rachmaninov, Drake doesn’t so much as cajole you into his world as lash you to a chair before saturating you in bombardment of chopping time signatures and discordant key changes that stretch simultaneously across a myriad of emotions….. Drake has poured the dark contents of his conscious down through his fingers and into the very grain of his piano. . February 2007 – Domino Jones

 …..Some yew trees in Britain are thought to be over four thousand years old and are seen by some as symbols of transformation and rebirth due to their ability to grow new trunks within the old. This fits with Drake’s musical vision, which belongs to no particular place in time. ‘Yew’s Paw’, the first track, veers from classical flourishes to keystone cops to Gershwinesque flights of brilliance…..

The Alphabet Business Convention. Salisbury Arts Centre. Saturday 2nd May 2015


William D.Drake and his full band ‘of so called friends’ will perform at The Alphabet Business Convention: a musical extravaganza that celebrates the legendary cult musician, composer and producer Tim Smith leader of the band, Cardiacs.

All proceeds will go towards the ongoing care of Tim, who suffered a heart attack and two strokes in 2008.

The convention is a gathering of affectionate friends and ex-Cardiacs band members* performing in their own ensembles and collaborations.

Mr Drake will be introducing new songs from the glorious forthcoming album ‘Revere Reach’.

Read more about the show on the venue website here.

Tickets £20/£15 buy them here.

Saturday 2nd May 2015. Doors 5pm

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

* Mr Drake was the Cardiacs master keyboardist for many years.

The Brunswick, Brighton. 25th April 2015

William D.Drake comes to Brighton for his first ‘full band’ concert of 2015.

Limbering up for the release in mid June of the the fifth album, ‘Revere Reach’, they will be presenting songs from the new album mingled with some trusty old favourites.

Also on the bill are Kwil and Frankie Harper, read about them on the Brunswick website here.

Saturday 25th April 2015

Doors 8pm. Over 18’s

Tickets £7/£6 conc. Buy tickets here

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

Westminster Kingsway College Theatre, 12th February 2015

Mr Drake will be supporting those fine fellows, Arch Garrison at Westminister Kingsway College Theatre (Kings Cross, London) this Thursday. Performing a selection of favourite songs, he will be accompanied by Miss Baigent’s clarinet and Miss Parker’s beautiful voice.

Thursday 12th February 2015.  6.30 – 9.00pm.

Westmister Kingsway College Theatre. 211 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8RA

£6/£5 adv . Tickets may be purchased in advance at:


Komedia, Brighton. Thursday 11th December 2014

Join William D.Drake and his band for a joyous, festive flavoured evening’s entertainment. Expect songs from his forthcoming album Revere Reach (Spring 2015) mingled with old favourites.

Support from Stars in Battledress playing songs from their well received second album In Droplet Form, and Crayola Lectern.

Doors 7.30pm.  Show starts 8pm

£7.00 + 70p booking fee . Buy tickets

Komedia, 44-47 Garner St, Brighton, East Sussex. BN1 1UN

The Brunswick. Hove, Brighton. 21/06/2014

William D Drake will be performing with his whole band: playing songs from all the albums and  a couple of tunes from his next one, which is nearing completion, it’s currently at the primping and tweaking stage.

Be sure to be there early to see The Jar Family, Steve Hovington & The Fountain of Youth in support.

Saturday 21st June 2014. 8pm

£6/£5. Tickets available in advance from The Brunswick website.

‘The Real Music Club’ @ The Brunswick. 1-3 Holland Road. Hove. East Sussex. BN3 1JF


Westminster Kingsway College Theatre. London. 20/05/14 Advance tickets

Tickets for this show can now be purchased in advance.

Westminster Kingsway College Theatre. 20th May 2014

Mr William D.Drake and his full band will be performing songs from the sumptuous ‘The Rising of the Lights’ album with a sprinkling of favourite tunes from the other albums. By popular request, Mr Drake has promised a rousing rendition of ‘Serendipity Doodah’ . Be sure to arrive in time for a performance by Stars in Battledress.

Tuesday 20th May 2014.  Doors 7pm.  Tickets £6/£5 on the door.  Advance tickets available from

Westminster Kingsway College Theatre. 211 Grey’s Inn Road. London. WC1X 8RA

Listen to/buy ‘The Rising of the Lights’ album  here.

The Verdict. Brighton. Thursday 24th April 2014

IMG_0985His first concert of 2014. Mr Drake will be performing works from his exquisite Yewspaw album interspersed with a few favourite songs from the other four albums. Also on the bill old friends Crayola Lectern  who designed this splendid poster for the event.

Thursday 24th April 2014. doors 8pm. £7/£5

The Verdict, 159 Edward Street, Brighton. BN2 0JB

To reserve tickets by credit card, please telephone 01273 674847 between 3-5pm weekdays.

Listen/buy Yewspaw on Bandcamp here.

‘The Festive Do’. The Schott Music Shop, London.13th December 2013 ***SOLD OUT***

You are most cordially invited to a festive evening of music and merriment with William D Drake and his band. Glass of wine and nibbles provided with Mr Drake’s compliments. Please purchase tickets in advance as space is very limited.

Signed ‘Rising of the Lights’ albums, beautifully gift-wrapped by Mr Drake’s Christmas elves, will be on sale.

Friday 13th December 2013. 8-10pm. Tickets £10

The Schott Music Shop. 48 Great Malborough Street. London. W1F 7BB

Tickets available direct from the shop in person or by telephone 020 7534 0710

Me Fish Bring video

Andy Joule produced and directed this video earlier in the year to promote Rising Of The Lights and to celebrate the song with a montage of landscape, animation and treated imagery of the band.

Many thanks to him, we love it, hope you do too!

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

‘Mr Drake’s Christmas Do’. 13th December 2012. London ***SOLD OUT***

Mr Drake and his so called friends cordially invite you to a cosy musical evening at Schott’s Music Shop in London. Please purchase tickets in advance as space is very limited. A glass of wine and mince pies provided with Mr Drake’s compliments.

Thursday 13th December 2012. 8-10 pm. Tickets £10

Schott’s Music Shop. 48 Great Marlborough Street. London. W1F 7BB
Tickets available direct from the shop, in person or telephone 0207 5340710.

Wholly Holey video

The Moth Surrenders to the Flame

William D Drake performs his composition “The Moth Surrenders to the Flame” in the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris during rehearsals for Pop’pea. June 2012.

Saturday 30th June 2012,St Mary’s Church on Paddington Green.London

A rare solo piano performance by William D Drake, as a guest of Gamine on Saturday 30th June 2012 at  St Mary’s Church on Paddington Green, London W2 1LG. Thom Carter will also be playing. Doors open 7pm. Tickets £8 on the door.

Komedia,Brighton. Friday 20th July 2012

William D.Drake and his band are looking forward to a smashing day at the seaside. Join him at the Komedia (Studio Bar) 44-47 Gardner Street Brighton BN1 1UN and be sure to see Crayola Lectern supporting.

Doors 7.30-10.30. Tickets £5 buy here.

EppyFest,Lansdown Hall, Stroud – Saturday 23rd June 2012

Bill heads West for a mid-summer soirée at Lansdown Hall  Lansdown, Stroud GL5 1BR.

Doors open at 7.00pm, be there in time to see Candythief and Matt Stevens support! Tickets £10.

Limited tickets on the door or buy in advance from Kane Records in Stroud – no charge for cash sales, £1 booking fee for phone or credit card bookings. Tickets can be posted or collected on the door.

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

Friday 24th February 2012 @ New Cross Inn

Presenting a special DOUBLE HEADLINER!

with special guests

New Cross Inn : Friday 24th February 2012
Doors 7pm, Bands will be finished by 11.30 if you need to catch trains etc, then the bar and ridiculous Indie/Rock/Prog/Punk/Classic DJ antics will carry on until 2am. This gig is a techno-free-zone!