In the early-to-mid '60s Robin Williamson & Clive Palmer performed as a duo delivering old timey fiddle and banjo arrangements of Scottish and Irish songs. Later that decade Williamson became a singer, musician and composer with the Incredible String Band, and founded the Merry Band in the late '70s. He was also a published poet, novelist, teacher, actor and a luminary in the Bardic Revival. Besides an early stint with the Incredible String Band, Palmer has released solo material and played banjo on albums with Hamish Imlach and Ralph McTell.
Joe Boyd's celebrated quote about the Robin & Clive performances was that they would "take songs that hadn't necessarily made the trip over to the Appalachians and play them as if they had." The 1999 album AT THE PURE FOUNTAIN is the product of their first reunion in over 30 years. The material is in essence what they performed pre-ISB although they are joined by other musicians on some of the tracks. Williamson and Palmer have made a very personal selection of 16 (largely traditional) songs and tunes and their affection for them shines through from start to finish. A rewarding listen!