Mick Softley

Michael Softley (26 September 1939 – 1 September 2017) was a British singer-songwriter and guitarist. A figurehead during the British folk scene, Softley set up his own folk club, released three albums and worked with performers such as Mac MacLeod, Donovan Leitch, and Maddy Prior. Donovan covered two of Softley's songs ("Goldwatch Blues" and "The War Drags On") on his early recordings.

Links To Peel

Mick Softley was a leading figure in the local beatnik-folk scene around St. Albans and Aylesbury, which produced Donovan, and Peel would have known his name from the songwriting credits on tracks such as "Goldwatch Blues" on Donovan's first LP. Softley was able to make his first LP in 1965 thanks to Donovan's recommendation, but by the time Peel returned to the UK in 1967, he had distanced himself from the music business. Softley returned to live performance in the late 1960s and was written up by journalists such as Pete Frame of Zigzag magazine, which was also based in the Aylesbury area. He never showed much interest in commercial success and eventually turned away from music to concentrate on poetry, but did two sessions for Peel's show in 1972 and 1973, the time when he was most productive as a performer and recording artist. .


1. Recorded: 1972-01-31. Broadcast: 18 February 1972. Repeated: 14 April 1972

  • I'm So Confused / If Wishes Were Horses / Travelling Man / Just Flew In On A Jet Plane / The Land Of The Crab (14 April 1972)

2. Recorded: 1973-07-02. Broadcast: 12 July 1973

  • Weeping Willow / From The Land Of The Crab / Gypsy / Me And Lady Willow

Other Shows Played

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