Strange Face:
Adventures with a lost Nick Drake Recording


Thursday 5th July

Leconfield On Top
Market Square
Petworth, GU28 0AH

In the 1970s, when working at Island Records, television composer Michael Burdett was asked to throw out some tapes. One of them caught his eye. It was over 20 years later before Michael played the tape, and was astonished to hear an unknown version of one of Nick Drake’s greatest works.

Michael decided to share this recording in an extraordinary way, offering people across Britain the chance to hear the recording in exchange for photographing them.

He photographed people from all walks of life as well as some well-known faces including Noel Fielding, Billy Bragg, Ross Noble, Fearne Cotton, Danny Baker and Martin Freeman. Humorous and poignant, Strange Face Adventures With A Lost Nick Drake Recording celebrates life, coincidences and the legacy of singer-songwriter Nick Drake who would have been 70 this year.

Why you should see it…

This Edinburgh award-winning show is perfect for music and photography fans, and anyone who likes a life-affirming tale. It was The Times Top Pick of The Fringe at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015 and 2016.

‘Michael Burdett is a sure-footed guide who keeps us surprised and involved throughout. A gorgeous show’ The Times
‘Enthralling’ Time Out
‘A very cool idea’ BBC Radio 6 Music
‘You do not need to know anything about Nick Drake to warm to this show. Burdett takes us on a road full of sunshine. That is because this is ultimately an uplifting tale.’ Fringe Review
‘Strange Face – Adventures with a Lost Nick Drake Recording is whimsical in places, not unlike Drake’s music, but it is also funny, surprising, heart-warming and a right riveting story.’ The Scotsman