He played at the iconic Woodstock and Monterey pop festivals of the Sixties...and now he is heading for Freshwater Bay.

On Monday, Dimbola will host Barry Melton, founder member of Country Joe and the Fish, one of the most influential psychedelic groups that emerged from San Francisco.

In May 1967, Country Joe and the Fish released their debut album, Electric Music For The Mind & Body.

It was consistently featured by John Peel on his BBC radio show.

The album was a chart success and has never been out of print. It unfailingly appears in lists of the top psychedelic albums ever made.

Country Joe and the Fish effectively split up in 1971, but played together occasionally - they released two reunion albums in 1977 and 1994. From 1970 onwards Barry released a number of solo albums, recorded two albums with Man in Rockfield Studios in Wales, and toured extensively.

In the 1980s, Barry put together San Francisco’s historic supergroup, The Dinosaurs, which also featured members of Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother And The Holding Company and The Grateful Dead's lyricist Robert Hunter.

Barry now fronts his own Barry Melton Band in the USA and in France is lead guitarist with Jamasutra.

That band also features virtuoso French guitarist and banjo player Stephane Missri, who joins him at Dimbola on the first gig of their UK tour.

Also appearing will be the former bass player of Country Joe and The Fish, Bruce Barthol, and Canadian singer/guitarist Natalie Martel,

On keyboards will be Rob Beckinsale, who caused a sensation at Dimbola in May when he appeared as keyboard player and vocalist for Greg Douglass, of the Steve Miller Band.

Doors open at 7pm and advance tickets (£9) are available online via Paypal from www.webplus.barkingspider.abelgratis.com