By Jason Ankeny (allmusic.com):
An experimental Irish folk group closely affiliated with the
Incredible String Band, Dr. Strangely Strange was formed in Dublin
in 1967 by vocalist/guitarist Tim Booth and bassist/keyboardist Ivan
Pawle (vocals/bass/keyboards). Soon they teamed with
multi-instrumentalist Tim Goulding, an aspiring painter, and began
living and rehearsing in a house owned by Goulding's girlfriend,
backing vocalist Orphan Annie (a.k.a. Annie Xmas), which its tenants
nicknamed "The Orphanage." After signing with the Incredible String
Band's producer and manager Joe Boyd, Dr. Strangely Strange debuted
in 1969 with 'Kip of the Serenes'
(see sleeve below). While on tour with Fotheringay, they
enlisted drummer Neil Hopwood, and later in the year appeared on the
String Band's Changing Horses LP. After 1970's Heavy Petting, Dr.
Strangely Strange began falling apart. Goulding left to enter to a
Buddhist monastery, while Pawle and Booth teamed with Gay and Terry
Woods for a brief tour. The group soon disbanded, but they reunited
in 1973 for an Irish tour, and briefly reconvened again in the early
'80s, Eventually Booth established a second Orphanage which became a
springboard for a new generation of Irish rock, helping launch the
careers of Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott, Gary Moore and others.