From their formation that had deep roots in London’s heady psychedelic underground, to their rebirth in the distant place of Australia four decades later, Fuchsia’s unique brand of psychedelic folk rock continue to enthral prog-rock fans all over the world.
Surprised - an understatement to be sure, when I found that after 35 years the Fuchsia album had not actually disappeared without a trace as I had first thought. It had gone on to make a life of its own. John O’Regan, music journalist for Mojo discovered the 1971 release in a vintage record store in the 80s, and triggered a resurgence when he declared the album "a masterpiece of art rock."
The resurgence of the albums popularity is captured beautifully by acclaimed film makers The Cairnes Brothers in their documentary, The Story of an Album, Lost and Found.
Today, I am lucky to be working live with some great international string players, and locally with talented Australian musicians Bill Beare (guitar), Louis Baskerville Durant ( bass), string players Su Kim (Cello), and Emma Greenhill( violin). Without these people's dedication, Fuchsia's modern day incarnation wouldn't be possible. Following two European tours in 2014 and 2015 with my good friends David Svedmyr and various members of Me and My Kites and Ill Wicker, we brought our unique live sound to an international audience.
Earlier this year, The Perth Fringe Festival hosted the Mahagonny-Behind innocent Eyes musical play I wrote in 1976 ( my music seems to take about 40 years before it finds its audience)....the one Richard Branson liked at Virgin back then ! It was a great success, to be repeated here in Sydney. Thanks to all involved.
Most recently, the original album has been released on CD through Esoteric, Cherry Red Records, UK. And as part of our 2017 UK mini-tour, Fruits de Mer have released Ltd edition vinyls of Fuchsia II. From Psychedelia to a Distant Place , plus a double EP, Fuchsia Song. New vinyl for next year, including a couple of 1968 gems, never recorded before.
The follow up album, Fuchsia: from Psychedelia to a Distant Place (Sound Practices Records, 2014) has received amazing reviews worldwide and further enhanced the band’s reputation. Fuchsia III, as yet untitled, is recorded but not mixed, planned for release next year. I hope to see you at the next Fuchsia gig!
Tony Durant - Fuchsia