Drohne AKA Philip G. Martin

 

From Albion to Albania and back again.

In the post-psychedelic London of 1968 an impressionable young Phil Martin encountered the hurdy-gurdy fo the first time; yet it was to be 20 years before this life-changing experience would culminate in the finding of a playable instrument.

The 70s and 80s were filled with many diverse musical projects; including, playing guitar with Hawkwind's Robert Calvert and new wave pioneers The Record Players, whose music has recently been re-discovered due to inclusion on the Messthetics compilations from US label Hyped to Death.


Phil then teamed-up with early woodwind player Geoff Huggins {aka Geoff X, Zappa Purcell etc} in The Explorers Club who played a melange of medieval punk and English morris music, before a chance encounter with Radio Tirane opened the floodgates to European influences.

It was while checking-out Albanian music at a festival in France that, the still impressionable, Philip Martin stumbled into hurdy-gurdy heaven. The next few years were spent immersed in the traditional dance music of central France; however, the lure of psychedelia would not go away and in the 90s he played hurdy-gurdy on several dance albums, including the groundbreaking John Barlycorn 2000 by The Knights of the Occasional Table.

In 1994 Philip G Martin put out his 1st solo album Vielle Sauvage, three releases later, Hurdy-Gurdy Mandrohne follows that same ecclectic musical path, the seeds of which were originally sown over a quarter of a century earlier. Although, he draws on influences rooted in a bygone age, and uses instruments normally associated with European traditional music, Philip Martin, as Drohne, makes music that is essentially contemporary English.

 

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