In the woods of Gualala, California, at a folk music camp, in the dining hall, at a long table sipping cups of koolade, is where Annie and Phil met. Annie noticed the multicolor stains, fresh from a tye dye session, on Phil's hands. From there they struck up a conversation and found they shared not only a love for folk music, but also for the psychedelic rock and San Francisco sounds of the '60's. It is from these shared influences that the Hobbyhorse sound, fresh and original, was born.
Hobbyhorse's music is in the spirit of experimentation and the expansion of the imagination. They take psychedelic folk/rock into the present day with their poetic songwriting and adventurous arrangements.
As well as being a musical duo, Hobbyhorse hosts an online music and art venue called Hobbyhorse Café. Hobbyhorse Café features Hobbyhorse music and art and a continuing lineup of talented guest musicians, artists and poets.
Ancient Mythology comes alive with original songs and storytelling by folk/rock duo Hobbyhorse
A song inspired by a Native American flood story, one about the search for the missing Egyptian god Osiris, another about Eurydice’s last moments before she dies ….. Although the word Myth has come to mean something that is not true, Hobbyhorse reveals the deeper truth within the old stories through their music.
Hobbyhorse is a progressive folk, rock duo from the San Francisco Bay area. The Mythology Show features their catalog of original songs and storytelling inpired by ancient myths from around the world. “Ancient mythology has inspired art, poetry and literature for thousands of years. Within these magical stories are the dramas, emotions and characters that speek deeply to us all.” - Annie
Hobbyhorse’s music features Annie’s poetic lyrics and enchanting voice and Phil’s intricate guitar work. They may also surprise you by picking up a mandolin, frame drum, Tibetan bowl or other skillfuly played instrument.
Sunshine Superman Returns: New Cover Of Donovan's Hit By Dynamic Musical Duo, Hobbyhorse
Hobbyhorse pays tribute to Donovan with a new cover version of "Sunshine Superman" with full psychedelic arrangement including electric sitar, harpsichord, middle eastern percussion, harmonium and female lead vocal.
"We have been big fans of Donovan for many years, and wanted to pay tribute to this creative musician and songwriter by recording a cover of his famous song, "Sunshine Superman", says lead singer and percussionist, Annie. "We love this song, and have played it at many parties and music jams. It always makes people happy."
You may be wondering how Hobbyhorse's version compares to Donovan's. "Our version has a dreamier and more sultry feel with a female lead vocal," explains Annie. "But it has a similar psychedelic folk aesthetic."
Donovan has been a big inspiration to Hobbyhorse as a well as countless other folk and rock musicians. Hobbyhorse's sound is partially modeled after Donovan's mystical psychedelic folk/rock. He has also inspired their musical and artisitc philosophy of experimentation, creativity and spirituality,
"We recently saw Donovan in concert and were thrilled to see that he is as talented as ever," says lead guitarist and arranger, Phil Campbell. "We hope he continues to make great music and inspire musicicans for a long time to come."
Hobbyhorse's version of "Sunshine Superman" is free to liten to on their website www.hobbyhorsecafe.com An original watercolor painting by Annie called "Donovan Bursting Through His Guitar" is also available for viewing on their website.