30 October 2012

Win the 19CDs & Book from the Out-of-Print Sandy Denny Boxset

To celebrate the release The Notes & The Words – A Collection of Demos and Rarities, which highlights the cream of the rare and unreleased material from 2010's definitive 19-disc box set Sandy Denny, Universal are giving fans the very rare opportunity to win the 19cds and the 72-page hardback book from the now highly collectable box set. To be in with a chance of winning simply enter the competions now running on the following websites: MOJO, Clash, The Quietus

The 19 cds contain essentially, Sandy’s entire back catalogue: 11 CDs featuring all of her studio recordings, both solo and with Alex Campbell, Johnny Silvo, The Strawbs, Fotheringay, and Fairport Convention and a further eights CDs of unreleased songs, demos, unreleased BBC recordings, alternate takes, live recordings, and rare radio interviews. The book contains an overview of Sandy's career, reminiscences from Sandy's friends and collegues and many rare and unpublished photographs.

29 October 2012

Broadcast Date: 'Songs of Sandy Denny: At the Barbican'

The film from the tour 'The Lady: A Homage to Sandy Denny' entitled 'Songs of Sandy Denny: At the Barbican' will be broadcast on BBC4 Friday 9th November at 10.05pm. The programme will also be repeated on saturday 10th and Monday 12th both at 1.40pm

Broadcast Producer: Serena Cross, Director: Janet Fraser Crook
Concert Producer: Music Beyond Mainstream, Sage Gateshead, Andrew Batt, Artistic Director: Andrew Batt

Filmed at the Barbican in London, this tribute concert to the singer-songwriter Sandy Denny spans her career with Fairport Convention, Fotheringay and as a solo artist. Her most famous song Who Knows Where The Time Goes has been covered by everyone from Judy Collins to Nina Simone…. But when she died in 1978 aged 31, Sandy left behind a rich songbook and here an eclectic cast from the folk world and beyond set out to explore and reinterpret it.

English folk queen and Sandy contemporary Maddy Prior, performs the menacing John the Gun the courtly Fotheringay and Solo. Veteran Sandy cohorts are represented by Fotheringay and Fairport guitarist, Jerry Donahue and fiddler extraordinaire, Dave Swarbrick.

Fine young troubadours Sam Carter and Blair Dunlop - son of Fairport’s Ashley Hutchings - show the folk tradition is in safe hands with strong performances of It Suits Me Well and The Sea.

With a house band featuring members of Bellowhead and Ben Nicholls, the line-up also includes former Scritti Politti singer Green Gartside, Joan Wasser aka ‘Joan as Policewoman’ (with a heartbreaking No More Sad Refrains), Trembling Bells singer Lavinia Blackwall (doing a spine tingling Quiet Joys of Brotherhood) and American soul singer PP Arnold (with a roof-raising Take Me Away), plus Thea Gilmore who was asked by Sandy’s estate to put some of her unset lyrics to music resulting in her hit single 'London'.

The performances on stage are interspersed with interviews and behind-the-scenes footage that shed light on how the concert came together, plus rare archive of Sandy herself. This show is evidence that - even without the magic of her singing voice - the songs still shine.

19 October 2012

New 'Official' Website

From 26th of October, there will be a new 'Official Sandy Denny Website' at www.sandydennyofficial.com. This website, www.sandydenny.org.uk, will still exist as an homage.