ROCK ’n’ roll Hall of Fame songwriter Donovan will headline Friday night at Chagstock Festival, Whiddon Down, this July.

Donovan is a legendary Scottish poet, folk-rock and pop-troubadour, best known for his signature song, ‘Mellow Yellow’.

Over a 50-year musical career he has performed with legends such as Pete Seeger; Joan Baez and Bob Dylan; Led Zeppelin; and Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones. Live performance highlights include sets at historically important festivals including Monterey Pop in 1967 and the Isle of Wight in 1970.

Donovan has recorded more than 27 albums, and his 1967 hit, ’Sunshine Superman’, featuring Jimmy Page on guitar, was a US number one hit single.

He even taught John Lennon and Paul McCartney the finger-picking guitar style, and performed on the recording of The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. He was also one of the few non-band members to co-write with The Beatles, collaborating on ‘Yellow Submarine’.

In addition to his induction into the rock ‘n’ roll and songwriters’ Halls of Fame, other awards include an Ivor Novello and a BBC Folk Lifetime Achievement Award.

Donovan will perform a ‘greatest hits’ set, along with his current band, at the tenth anniversary Chagstock Festival this summer.

Dubbed ‘the best little festival in the South West’, Chagstock this year runs from July 22 to 23.