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 blessed to work with talented Australian musicians Bill Beare (guitar), Dick Haynes (bass), Lloyd Gyi (drums) and string players Su Kim, Jackie McCaughan. 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.
The new album, Fuchsia: from Psychedelia to a Distant Place (Sound Practices Records, 2014) has received amazing reviews worldwide and further enhanced the band’s reputation. I hope to see you at the next Fuchsia gig!
Tony Durant - Fuchsia