In 2007 chance encounters on the Isle of Wight brought together pianist Blue Brown, guitarist Sunny Brown, bass player Ollie Ducie and violin player Nik Potts to form the folk rock band Lucid.
Four albums and over a thousand concerts later, Lucid’s musical journey continues. Combining their individual writing and musical talents they produce a sound which blends stunning vocals with rich melodies.
Tours to Germany, France and Switzerland followed.
A couple of highlights for Lucid were when they filled a 400 seat theatre in 2013 to launch their fourth album ‘If By Chance’. Together with a professional DVD of the concert, these showcase not only their individual talents but also those of many additional musicians coming together to enrich Lucid’s unique musical sound.
2014 was a particularly busy and productive year. Not only did they tour Canada for a month, playing 20 gigs in four provinces, but they staged their most ambitious UK concert to date. This saw thirty people at a Lucid gig – on stage, that is! The group sold out the 600 seats of the largest theatre on the Isle of Wight to an audience that travelled nationwide for the evening. The stage was crowded with not only soloists on Cello, Flute and Sax, but also the string section of the Island’s Symphony Orchestra, and a male voice choir providing backing vocals.
Lucid released what is considered to be their best album to date late 2017. They were fortunate to have the album mixed and produced by Simon Hanhart, since then lucid have graced some highly prestigious festival stages and venues and are working toward a new album in 2020.
Davey Dodds, described by Fantasy Forest Festival this year as ‘The master of Celtic rock’n’reel’ is a songwriter of some renown. Top performers frequently record his songs – the classic ‘Magpie’ appeared on the Unthanks recent album, Mount the Air, was used for The Detectorists on BBC2 and was
performed at the Proms in 2018.
Davey has an interesting musical history. Once upon a time, he was the front man of the quintessentially English prog rock band Red Jasper, who topped the bill at The European Symphonic Rock Festival, at The Noorderligt in Holland in 1994. In those far off days, he also played as an acoustic support act for Fish in Holland. When the Dutch record label, SI Music went bust in 1994, Davey stopped playing music and moved to a different planet. For many years, he worked as a fly-fishing guide in remote, wilderness locations.
Now that he’s been cajoled back onto the boards, he’s busy writing songs, grown from the roots and bones of his home in North Cornwall. A new solo album, Toadstool Soup, has received rave reviews and he should have been playing main stage slots at big festivals to promote it.
He’s lucky to be back in Blighty – he caught the last flight from Poland before the Corona insanity derailed Pendragon’s big European tour. He’s itching to get back to playing with his real live band members to real live human audiences!
His live shows fizz with energy. Incisive lyrics and startling musicianship will rattle your braincells and put blisters on your feet. Because he writes great songs and performs with real stage presence, top musicians regularly join him for live shows. Davey is convinced that playing music is making him younger. By this time next year, he fully expects to be in his early thirties!