08 February 2016

Sandy Denny is this year's inductee into the Radio 2 Folk Awards Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame exists to recognise the special contribution of an individual to the world of folk music - someone whose impact and influence has had a lasting impression. This year’s inductee will be Sandy Denny - considered to be a founder of the British folk rock movement and perhaps its most important female singer, songwriter and personality. Over a brief career spanning just 13 years, Denny left an extensive legacy. She is remembered for her pivotal involvement with the British folk rock scene, where, as a member of Fairport Convention, she moved the band away from west coast American cover versions and into performing traditional material and original compositions.

Sandy Denny is also remembered as a composer, most notably on her solo albums which represent her claim to be Britain’s finest female singer-songwriter. Her composition, Who Knows Where the Time Goes, is now regarded as a classic and has been recorded by artists as diverse as Judy Collins, Nina Simone and Cat Power. Famous also for her exceptional voice, it has been suggested that her effortless and smooth vocal delivery still sets the standard for many of today’s female folk-based singers.

The BBC Folk Awards will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on the 27th April 2016. Tickets available here.

You can read more about Sandy's appearances at the Albert Hall on their website in an interesting article by Rick Burin.

05 February 2016

New 2-CD set 'I’ve Always Kept A Unicorn' with 3 unreleased recordings

I’ve Always Kept A Unicorn is the best album that the late Sandy Denny never made. This 40-track/2CD set, comprised of demos, live, radio and TV recordings, captures the sublimely gifted British singer songwriter at her most intimate as she runs through stripped down arrangements of songs she performed with the Strawbs, Fairport Convention, Fotheringay and The Bunch, along with material from her four solo albums.

Exclusive to this masterful set are three demos recorded at Richard Branson’s Manor studios in December 1971 for the 1972 rock and roll covers album, The Bunch Rock On; alongside 'Love Made A Fool Of You' and 'Learning The Game' by one of her teenage heroes, Buddy Holly, she sings a charming duet with Linda Thompson on Phil Everly’s 'When Will I Be Loved'. The set is complied by Sandy expert Andrew Batt, and comes complete with sleeve notes by Mick Houghton, the author of the critically lauded 2015 Sandy Denny biography, I’ve Always Kept A Unicorn.

“Sandy was, as are our most brilliant performers, much better solo; I so wish she had recorded a solo album, and told her so.” (Linda Thompson)

Released on 22nd April 2016 to co-inside with the paperback edition of Mick Houghton's acclaimed biography, the set can be pre-ordered on Amazon