01 November 2017

New Fairport Documentary on Sky Arts in November


In November Sky Arts will broadcast a new television documentary on Fairport titled 'Fairport Convention: Folk Heroes'. The 75-minute film will go out at 9pm on Saturday 25 November 2017 and marks a fitting conclusion to Fairport's fiftieth anniversary celebrations.

The documentary tells how Fairport Convention emerged in 1967 and went on to shake English folk music by fusing it with rock. The film covers Fairport's first few years in detail then moves to the present. The closing sequence was filmed during the band's Saturday finale at Cropredy this year when most of the surviving former members joined the current line-up on stage.

In the documentary Fairport and their friends tell the story in their own words rather than through a scripted narration. There are newly-filmed interviews with the current Fairport members and, among many others, Ashley Hutchings, Richard Thompson, Iain Matthews, Judy Dyble, Ralph McTell, Joe Boyd, Suggs, Maddy Prior, Bob Harris, Rick Wakeman, Steve Winwood and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. There is also rare archive interview material including Sandy Denny.

The film is directed by Charlie Thomas who has been working closely with Fairport for over a year. He explains the approach he has adopted: "Our aim is to explain to general viewers how important Fairport's influence has been and continues to be - in other words, why the band matters.

"We have not set out to make a comprehensive, year-by-year history of FC. That has been done before. Instead, the film concentrates on two periods - the first five years and the band today. So there are no lengthy explanations of the many 70s line-ups or the 1980s reformation.

"The film shares its focus between the pioneering days and Fairport's fiftieth anniversary at Cropredy this year - past, present and future are linked as the film cuts back and forth between these bookends of the story."


28 July 2017

Fairport Convention Boxset released


A new boxset marking Fairport's 50th anniversary is out now. Called Fairport Convention Come All Ye – The First 10 Years (1968-78) the release contains 55 unreleased songs with many new tracks featuring Sandy; these include alternate takes of Autopsy and Who Knows Where The Time Goes? a rehearsal of The Deserter an entirely new song from the Bunch sessions called Think It Over and an alternative acoustic demo of After Halloween from 1974 to name a few. For full details visit the album page.

Listed below are the previously unreleased recordings featuring Sandy:

DISC 1
10: Eastern Rain ( Sandy on Vocals ) ( 3:48 ) – Previously Unreleased
11: Nottamun Town – A Capella version ( 1:48 ) – Previously Unreleased
18: Autopsy – Alt Take ( 4:33 ) – Previously Unreleased
19: Who Knows Where The Time Goes ? – Alt Take ( 5:19 ) – Previously Unreleased

DISC 2
05: The Deserter – Rehearsal version ( 4:40 ) - Previously Unreleased
10: Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood – Take 1 edit ( 6:42 ) edited from Liege & Lief Deluxe Edition

DISC 4
03: Think It Over – Sandy Denny with The Bunch ( 2:31 ) - Previously Unreleased

DISC 5
05: After Halloween ( 2:54 ) Byfield Demo – Alt Take Previously Unreleased
10: One More Chance – Alt Take ( 7:52 ) Previously Unreleased

DISC 6
14: Down In The Flood – Full version ( 3:45 ) Previously Unreleased
15: Something You’ve Got- Full version ( 3:00 ) Previously Unreleased


15 June 2017

Sandy honoured with Blue Plaque in Byfield


BBC Music Day have teamed up with the British Plaque Trust to unveil 47 historic Blue Plaques celebrating iconic musicians and venues including Sandy. The plaque will be attached to the exterior of Byfield Village Hall where Sandy played her final gig on 1st April 1978. Sandy lived in Byfield from 1973 until her death in 1978.


13 June 2017

BBC Soul Music episode on 'Who Knows Where the Time Goes?'


The BBC are featuring Who Knows Where the Time Goes? in their Soul Music series about pieces of music with a powerful emotional impact. The episode will air on the 14th of June and also be available on the BBC website.

Sandy Denny was just 19 years old when she wrote 'Who Knows Where the Time Goes?', her much-loved song about the passing of time. Soul Music tells the story behind the song and speaks to people for whom it has special meaning.

The record producer Joe Boyd and founder member of Fairport Convention Simon Nicol remember Sandy and her music. We speak to musicians who have covered the song, including folk legend Judy Collins and the singer Rufus Wainwright, about what the song means to them. And we hear from people whose lives have been touched by the song, including the singer-songwriter Ren Harvieu, who suffered a back break in a freak accident and found strength in the song during her recovery. And neuroscientist and best-selling author David Eagleman explains why the years seem to fly past ever more quickly as we grow older. Also featuring contributions from Sandy Denny's biographer Mick Houghton and Dr Richard Elliott, Senior Lecturer in Music at Newcastle University.

Producer: Mair Bosworth.


18 April 2017

Sandy sings on the finale of Netflix drama Grace and Frankie


Fans of Netflix drama Grace and Frankie, will have been moved to hear Sandy's recording with Fairport Convention of 'Who Knows Where the Time Goes?' play over the closing moments of the recent season three finale, as the shows stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as Grace and Frankie float above their home in a hot air balloon, contemplating friendship, life and of course time.