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Scottish Folk Rock Legend Donovan Set For Scarborough Spa


Scottish folk rock legend Donovan is set to perform live at Scarborough Spa Theatre on Friday 9th October 2015, as part of his Fiftieth Anniversary UK and Ireland tour.

Most famous for psychedelic rock tracks of the 1960’s such as 'Mellow Yellow', 'The Hurdy Gurdy Man' and 'Sunshine Superman',  An Evening With Donovan will see the award winning singer songwriter celebrate a fantastic 50 years as an influential musician.

Speaking of his tour Donovan said:
"I am delighted to be celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of my work. It has always been my wish to offer as many as possible an alternative. See you in a concert soon!"
He was 18 years old when he had his first hit, 'Catch The Wind', for which he received the prestigious Ivor Novello Award, and since then the man born Donovan Leitch in Scotland in 1946 has been pop star and folk troubadour, as well as a flag bearer for all things psychedelic.

Following his first Top 5 record, Donovan scored 10 other hit singles. In more recent years he has been inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Songwriters Hall of Fame and he has received The Mojo Maverick Award from Jimmy Page.

In many ways, his career has been a series of firsts. In addition to creating the first psychedelic album (Sunshine Superman in 1966), he was the first 'Rolling Stone Interview' in the first issue of Rolling Stone magazine in 1967. He was the first solo artist to sell out Madison Square Garden, and coined the phrase 'Celtic Rock'. He is surely the first, and arguably the only artist to have influenced both Led Zeppelin and Belle and Sebastian, among so many others.

Donovan's album Sunshine Superman (1965/1966) introduced Flower Power to the world and influenced his friends The Beatles to create their 1967 album Sgt. Pepper, and he contributed lyrics to their songs. He taught John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison to finger pick the guitar on their famous trip to India to study Transcendental Meditation. George Harrison later said of their friend, "Donovan is all over The White Album".

For over 45 years and up to the present day, his evocative songs are consistently requested for major films, hit TV series and top commercials, spreading his work further into new audiences.

It's all a long way from that heady decade that birthed him, but 2015 will confirm Donovan as so much more than a mere heritage act. He is the history of British rock and pop distilled into one man. He is an institution, and his legacy and influence will ensure that he is part of its future, too.

Tickets for 'An Evening With Donovan' go on sale Friday 12th June 2015, priced at £30 per person (plus booking fees). Tickets will be available from The Spa’s Box Office (01723) 821888 and via

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