The Incredible String Band

Robin Williamson songs
Banks Of Sweet ItalyEarthspan
CreationChanging Horses
Dear Old BattlefieldLiquid Acrobat As Regards The Air
First Girl I Loved5000 Spirits or The Layers Of The Onion
The Iron StoneWee Tam & The Big Huge
Mr. & Mrs.Changing Horses
Koeeaddi ThereThe Hangman's Beautiful Daughter
October SongThe Incredible String Band
Pictures In A MirrorI Looked Up
VishangroBe Glad For The Song Has No Ending
Mike Heron songs
Chinese White5000 Spirits or The Layers Of The Onion
JaneOn Air
Maker Of IslandsHard Rope & Silken Twine
Maybe SomedayThe Incredible String Band
Mercy I Cry CityThe Hangman's Beautiful Daughter
Painted ChariotLiquid Acrobat As Regards The Air
Red HairLiquid Acrobat As Regards The Air
This MomentI Looked Up
A Very Cellular SongThe Hangman's Beautiful Daughter
You Get BrighterWee Tam & The Big Huge

The Incredible String Band photo

Mike Heron and Robin Williamson



ISB playlist



Contributor: Merric Davidson

The natural cards revolve ever changing, seeded elsewhere, planted in the garden fair, grow trees, grow trees, tongues of the sheer wind, setting your foot where the sand is untrodden, the ocean that only begins.

The ISB created a mystique through performance in major venues in the sixties, surrounded by countless instruments – oud, gimbri, flute, mandolin, sitar – and worshipful audiences. Critics compared their songwriting ability to The Beatles, and the third album, The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter, reached No.5 in the UK LP charts.

Vibrating light forever one the sun, the book of life is open to us, there’ll be no secrets left between us.

All these years later and Robin and Mike are still making glorious music and continuing to influence young musicians. The above listings are simply a starting off point, the real exploration is in the many layers of the onion in between. Have fun.

May the long time sun
Shine upon you,
All love surround you,
And the pure light within you
Guide your way on.



Be Glad: Incredible String Band fanzine

Incredible String Band extensive website – discography, timeline, concerts

The official website of Robin & Bina Williamson

Mike Heron’s official website

Incredible String Band biography (Apple Music)

Robin and Mike, Likky and Rose, and all those memories. Painting Box, Way Back In The 1960s, Witches Hat, Womankind, Waltz Of The New Moon … and all the solo work? – we’d love to hear from you about that.

Merric Davidson is a retired publisher who started this site in 2013. He tweets toppermost @AgeingRaver.

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  1. Peter Viney
    Jul 11, 2013

    The 5000 Spirits has a special place because of the sleeve design, one of the ones you’d pick out to represent the era. Way Back In The 1960s is a title I find myself quoting often (“Before the wide world war …”). That was a very special album for me. I bought The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter but somehow lost touch … I’ll chase up the suggestions here.

  2. Mason Blackwell
    Jul 19, 2013

    I truly have a tendency to agree with everything that has been authored in “The Incredible String Band – Toppermost”. Thanks for all the information.

  3. Roger Woods
    Sep 12, 2013

    I know music lovers who just couldn’t understand The Incredibles. For me, like Fairport Convention, they were very important and I saw them in various incarnations. ‘Air’ from Wee Tam and The Big Huge rivals God Only Knows for me, as the best pop song ever penned.

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