Clive Palmer

Decades: 1990s 2000s


London, England. The ‘forgotten one’ from the Incredible String Band, Palmer is a highly accomplished musician who founded the cult unit as a duo with Robin Williamson and featured on their 1966 debut album. Subsequently, he moved to Afghanistan, and, on his return, formed the Famous Jug Band with Jill Johnson (vocals), Pete Berryman (guitar) and Henry Bartlett (jug), and himself on banjo. After recording 1969’s Sunshine Possibilities, he left to form COB (Clive’s Original Band) with John Bidwell and Mick Bennett. The trio recorded two excellent albums, Spirit Of Love and Moyshe McStiff And The Tartan Lancers Of The Sacred Heart, before splitting up.

Palmer took up base in Cornwall where he worked for the local council while maintaining a low-key solo career, working with poet Bob Devereux and a variety of other units. He subsequently took early retirement and moved to Brittany, France. In the late 90s he reunited with...

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