Authorised Sandy Biography to be published by Faber & Faber in 2013/14

Finally, a, complete, considered and authorised biography of Sandy is underway. Late last year her estate approached long time music journalist and PR man, Mick Houghton with the idea: publishers, Faber & Faber commissioned the project and now it’s underway – due for publication late 2013/early 2014.

Mick is eminently suited to the task. Whilst he’s taken care of the PR for many of the big names in the UK’s music scene through the 80s, Sandy fans will be more impressed by his current roster of boyhood folk music heroes: Richard Thompson, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, and Shirley Collins. The past couple of years saw him researching and writing Becoming Elektra, his book about his all time favourite record label, Elektra Records and its founder Jac Holzman, that was published last October – while Mick was already busy organising the PR for the Sandy Boxset and also providing all the interviews for the hardback book that accompanied the 19CDs.

The North Star Grassman Deluxe Edition tracklisting announced

The track listing for the Deluxe Edition of North Star Grassman and the Ravens has been announced. Full details are;

Disc 1
Late November
The Sea Captain
Down In The Flood
John The Gun
Next Time Around
The Optimist
Let’s Jump The Broomstick
Wretched Wilbur
The North Star Grassman And The Ravens
Crazy Lady Blues

Next Time Around (Demo)
Walking The Floor Over You (Duet with Richard Thompson)
Lord Bateman (previously unreleased instrumental)
If You Saw Thru My Eyes (Duet with Ian Matthews)

Disc 2
The Sea Captain (Rare demo)
The Optimist (Rare demo)
Wretched Wilbur (Rare demo)
Crazy Lady Blues (Rare demo)
Lord Bateman (Rare demo)

Late November (BBC Session – Bob Harris 24/8/71)
The Lowlands Of Holland (BBC Session – Bob Harris 24/8/71)

Blackwaterside (BBC session – Sounds on Sunday 14/11/72)

The North Star Grassman And The Ravens (BBC In Concert – Paris Theatre 16/3/72)
Bruton Town (BBC In Concert – Paris Theatre 16/3/72)
Next Time Around (BBC In Concert – Paris Theatre 16/3/72)
John The Gun (BBC In Concert – Paris Theatre 16/3/72)