11 October 2016

Sandy feature in MOJO ’60s Volume 7

The latest issue of MOJO magazine’s swinging spinoff MOJO 60's contains a luxurious 16 page feature on Sandy by Jim Irvin. The article is a re-print of his original MOJO piece from June 1998 generously illustrated with some great photos. Mojo 60's Volume 7 has Pink Floyd on the cover and is on sale in the UK now.

03 June 2016

R.I.P Dave Swarbrick

Dave Swarbrick, affectionately known as Swarb has died aged 75. He was a virtuosic violin player and one of the most highly regarded musicians of the 1960s folk revival. He also wrote, arranged and sang, and performed on the viola, mandolin and mandola, and guitar.

He first worked with Fairport Convention in 1969 as a session musician, subsequently becoming a member of the group, and was the first fiddler on the UK folk scene to electrify the violin. His writing and playing was a key ingredient in the group’s Liege & Lief album, a record that rewrote the folk landscape with its electrified versions of traditional English folksongs.

During the 1970s, alongside his leading role in Fairport Convention, Swarb became a sought-after session musician, working with acts including Richard Thompson, Bert Jansch, Martin Carthy and of course Sandy. Swarb contributed memorably to the Sandy album on the tracks 'Quiet Joys of Brotherhood' and 'It Suits Me Well', later he appeared on the track 'Full Moon' from the 'Rendezvous' sessions. It has long been understood that Sandy wrote 'Stranger to Himself' from the Rising For The Moon album about him.

In 2012 Swarb took part in the nationwide tour of The Lady: An Homage to Sandy Denny which was televised by the BBC.

06 May 2016

5 star reviews for 'Ive Always Kept A Unicorn' CD

I've Always Kept A Unicorn: The Acoustic Sandy Denny is getting getting great reviews, here are some highlights of what the critics are saying:

The Independent: 5 stars 'This is a masterclass in music essentials.'
The Guardian: 5 stars 'The finest and most versatile British female singer of her generation.'
The Times: 5 stars 'Usually, posthumous collections of unreleased recordings cheapen an artist’s legacy. This one enhances it.'

MOJO: 5 stars 'There is gold wherever the needle drops'
Record Collector: 4 stars 'lucid, assured and mesmerising 40-track, two-disc outpouring of beauty.'
The Arts Desk: 'An indispensable primer on one of Britain’s most important voices.'
Uncut 8/10: 'It feels good to finally have something approaching the Sandy Denny acoustic album that never was.'
Clash Magazine 9/10: '(It) makes for a hugely satisfying listen as a career-spanning compilation.'
The Mirror 4 stars: '...puts a sharpened focus on her originality and versatility as she scales mountains and spans oceans of emotion.'
Daily Express: 5 stars: '40 stripped down tracks with Denny's wonderful vocal at the forefront.'
Huffington Post: 'A kind of Greatest Hits unplugged that will satisfy newcomers and old hands alike.'

The reviews can be read in full in our Memorabilia Gallery

28 April 2016

Sandy's daughter Georgia Lucas at the Folk Awards

Sandy's daughter Georgia Lucas flew over from her native Australia to witness her mother be inducted into the Folk Awards Hall of Fame at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 27th April 2016.

25 April 2016

Sandy acoustic CD heading for the top 10!

Help get Sandy Into The Top 10! Amazingly, Sandy is on course for her highest ever chart position! I’ve Always Kept a Unicorn debuted at #8 on the midweek sales figures, which means by the end of this week, there’s a real chance Sandy could have her first ever top 10 album. You can purchase the cd at Amazon or on i-Tunes