Sandy is to be inducted to The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Hall of Fame in April!

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.

Sandy has been chosen by the BBC this year, “Sandy Denny is 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.”

I’ve Always Kept A Unicorn

Drawing together stripped down arrangements of demos, live, radio and TV recordings she performed solo, with the Strawbs, Fairport Convention, Fotheringay and The Bunch, “I’ve Always Kept A Unicorn” is the best album that the late Sandy Denny never made! Order your copy here: http://po.st/1L0aLD

Disc: 1
1. Who Knows Where The Time Goes – Sandy Denny, Strawbs
2. You Never Wanted Me
3. Milk and Honey
4. Autopsy – Fairport Convention
5. Now And Then – Fairport Convention
6. She Moves Through The Fair – Fairport Convention
7. Fotheringay – Fairport Convention
8. The Pond And The Stream – Fotheringay
9. Winter Winds – Fotheringay
10. Wild Mountain Thyme – Fotheringay
11. The Lowlands Of Holland – Fotheringay
12. Wretched Wilbur
13. The Optimist
14. Late November
15. The North Star Grassman And The Ravens
16. Next Time Around
17. John The Gun
18. Love’s Made A Fool Of You – The Bunch
19. When Will I Be Loved – The Bunch
20. Learning The Game – The Bunch

Disc: 2
1. Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood
2. After Halloween
3. The Lady
4. Bushes And Briars
5. The Music Weaver
6. No End
7. Solo
8. Like An Old Fashioned Waltz
9. The King And Queen Of England
10. Rising For The Moon
11. One More Chance
12. Sandy’s Song (Take Away The Load)
13. What Is True?
14. Blackwaterside
15. No More Sad Refrains
16. Full Moon
17. I’m A Dreamer
18. By The Time It Gets Dark
19. One Way Donkey Ride
20. Moments

Fotheringay Box Set Announcement

The re-evaluation of Sandy Denny’s work continues with the release of Nothing More – The Collected Fotheringay on 30/3. This beautiful presented 3CD/1DVD features both the band’s original studio albums, now with bonus tracks, the surviving BBC recordings, the Live In Rotterdam concert and a DVD of the 4 only known TV performances, 2 of which have never been broadcast! For more details and to order your copy click here http://po.st/GKal47

 

Rock On to be re-issued August 19th

Rock On – The Bunch re-issue August  19th

Organised by Trevor Lucas, Rock On was the result of the unlikely fusion of Folk Rock royalty and Scottish Soul innovators tackling a collection of their favourite Rock’N’Roll standards. The 16 tracks include classics: ‘Don’t Be Cruel’; ‘When Will I Be Loved’;  ‘Crazy Arms’; ‘That’ll Be The Day’

Recorded at Richard Branson’s Manor Studios in 1971, this wonderfully playful period curio features future legends Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson, Ashley Hutchings, Dave Mattacks, Linda Thompson, The Dundee Horns (pre-Average White Band) and more.

Fairport by Fairport book out now

Fairport by Fairport – by Nigel Schofield (limited edition) Drawn entirely from interviews since 1970 and including comments from both Sandy Denny & Trevor Lucas.

Long-time fan and respected music journalist, Nigel Schofield allows the band – past and present members to tell the story of Fairport in their own words. A remarkable band of which Sandy said: “Fairport will always be more than a band. I was a member of Fairport on two separate occasions, but a band so similar to Fairport backed me on record and on stage so regularly that I feel never to have not been part of Fairport.”

Each copy of the limited edition of 2,000 is signed by the current band members and is accompanied by a DVD of a newly commissioned documentary on the band.

Jackson C Frank programme BBC Radio 4

Jackson C Frank, 60s folk icon and early boyfriend of Sandy’s is the subject of a BBC Radio 4 programme, currently available (both within and outside the UK) on BBC iPlayer until November 27th.

Frank was a strong musical influence, not just for Sandy but for many other British folk singers of their generation. Sandy covered several of his songs (including Milk & Honey, You Never Wanted Me and Blues Run The Game). Frank also supported Fairport Convention on one of their early tours.

Songs of Sandy Denny at The Barbican BBC4 Friday November 9th at 22:05

This 90 minute tribute concert to the singer-songwriter spans her career with Fairport Convention, Fotheringay and as a solo artist. When Sandy Denny died in 1978 aged 31, she left behind a rich songbook and here an eclectic cast from the folk world and beyond set out to explore and reinterpret it.

Some of Sandy Denny’s finest recordings and song writing were celebrated on a sell-out UK tour in May this year entitled The Lady: A Homage to Sandy Denny. The concert at The Barbican in London was filmed by the BBC and is now being shown on BBC4.

This 90 minute tribute concert to the singer-songwriter spans her career with Fairport Convention, Fotheringay and as a solo artist. When Sandy Denny died in 1978 aged 31, she 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 and the courtly Fotheringay. 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 tradition is in safe hands.

With a house band featuring members of Bellowhead, 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 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.

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 Denny herself. This show is evidence that – even without the magic of Sandy’s singing voice – the songs still shine.

One week before (November 2nd), the BBC will be putting up a programme page online to accompany the broadcast. Amongst other things it will feature stills from the concert plus some of the song performances that could not fit into the edited programme.

The Lady: A Homage to Sandy Denny broadcast announced soon

Were you lucky enough to attend The Lady: A Homage to Sandy Denny UK Tour earlier this year? Well if you didn’t or if you just want to relive it, we’re pleased to announce that one of the live shows is scheduled to be televised. We’ll have more details soon so watch this space!

Don’t forget that the amazing ‘The Notes and The Words’ boxset is also coming on 29th October but available to order now. Be quick though because this is strictly limited edition!

The Notes and The Words : A Collection of Demos and Rarities

Due to the phenomenal and totally unprecedented demand for Island’s complete Sandy Denny Box Set, released in November 2010, Universal Music is issuing a limited edition 4 CD version.

This boxset will be released on the 29th of October, and is available for pre-order now on Amazon UK

The original box set has become one of the most collectible box sets of all time. Now, for fans that missed out, this new four disc set boasts 75 songs that represent the cream of the rarities, demos and outtakes from the box set, including 17 demos taken from the master tapes of Sandy’s early home recordings. Among these is the first known recording of ‘Who Knows Where The Time Goes’, recorded in 1967. The set also features demos, outtakes and alternate versions of Fairport and Fotheringay classics as well as many tracks from her solo career. Tracklisting here

‘London’ single sees Sandy playlisted at Radio 2 for the first time

Sandy has been playlisted at Radio 2 for the very first time in her solo career, over 30 years after her death. Thea Gilmore’s version of ‘London’ will be on every Radio 2 show this week! The track will also be released on exclusive 7” vinyl on Saturday 21 April 2012 in support of Record Store Day. The 21 April 2012 will be the 34th anniversary of Sandy’s premature death.
The track ‘London’ along with nine other songs were ‘co-written’ with British singer songwriter Thea Gilmore even though she was born in 1979, one year after Sandy’s death. The unique collaboration evolved after the unexpected discovery of Sandy Denny’s diaries in the attic of the Denny-Lucas home.
This priceless collection of song lyrics had lain dormant and untouched for years after Denny’s passing. Gilmore, was identified by the Denny family as a talented musician who could write music to accompany Denny’s newly discovered lyrics; the concept for the Don’t Stop Singing album was born.

Jeff Smith, Radio 2’s Head of Music said: “In a year synonymous with the capital it is great to hear one of Radio 2’s favourites Thea Gilmore interpreting the great Sandy Denny’s words into this fine new track. We’re delighted to have added it to our new release playlist”.
Elizabeth Hurtt-Lucas for Sandy Denny’s Estate: “It’s magic to hear Sandy’s words come to life in Thea’s album with these beautiful and evocative melodies. The success of this track is particularly fitting to Sandy’s legacy and the coincidence of its release on the 34th anniversary of her death makes it just that bit more special”.

Island Records President Ted Cockle added: “Sandy Denny is one of the great Island Records artists, and this has been her home since signing to the label as a solo artist in 1971. For Sandy to be acknowledged in this way by Radio 2 in 2012 is wonderful”.

‘London’ b/w ‘Goodnight’ is released as a seven-inch single on Saturday 21st April available at participating independent record shops.

Tracklistings to the New Deluxe Editions revealed

We can now reveal the tracklistings to the forthcoming Deluxe Editions of Sandy’s last three solo albums. For the complete tracklistings to each release, click on the links below:

Sandy
Like An Old Fashioned Waltz
Rendezvous

The expansive bonus material to these new editions feature many unreleased, rare or deleted bonus tracks.

Of special note is a previously unreleased radio broadcast on Disc Two of Sandy, containing eight unadorned songs recorded live on a tour of the US at Ebbets Field, featuring tracks from the Sandy, and The North Star Grassman and the Ravens albums, as well as the only live performance of ‘At the End of the Day’ from Like An Old Fashioned Waltz. There is also a previously unreleased band version of ‘The Lady’ and the opportunity to experience the entire album in demo form, with intimate performances of all the albums tracks.

The deluxe edition of Like An Old Fashioned Waltz contains a rare chance to hear Sandy at work in the studio as she records a beautiful version of ‘No End’ accompanying herself on the piano, a number of alternate takes of the albums key tracks without strings, sensitive acoustic performances recorded for the BBC and a previously unreleased live version of ‘Whispering Grass’ from Dutch Television.

Rendezvous features intimate acoustic performances recorded at home and in the studio, and alternate versions of songs prepared for the albums original release as Gold Dust, new mixes of ‘Easy to Slip’ and ‘Losing Game’, tracks from Sandy’s final concert at the Royalty Theatre and a previously unreleased alternate take of the R n’ B tinged ‘Take Me Away’.

These editions, which are released on 21st May 2012 coincide with a special tribute tour – The Lady: A Homage to Sandy Denny – which commences on May 19th.

New deluxe Editions of Sandy’s classic Island recordings

On May 21st 2012, Universal is set to release the last three solo albums which Sandy Denny recorded for Island Records during her lifetime. The release coincides with a special tribute tour – “The Lady: A Homage to Sandy Denny” – which commences on May 19th.

Each of the three albums is now presented as a deluxe two-disc edition: SANDY, was released in September 1972 and celebrates its 40th anniversary this year; LIKE AN OLD FASHIONED WALTZ, from June 1974 and RENDEZVOUS which was released in May 1977, less than a year before her death in April 1978. In the intervening years Sandy Denny’s reputation has escalated and it is largely down to this sequence of solo albums (which are built mostly around her own compositions), that she is now widely regarded by musicians and critics alike as Britain’s finest female singer songwriter.

The expansive bonus material includes home and studio demos, alternate takes and live recordings pertaining to each release. Of special note is a radio broadcast on Disc Two of SANDY, containing eight unadorned songs recorded live on a tour of the US at Ebbets Field, featuring tracks from the SANDY, and THE NORTH STAR GRASSMAN AND THE RAVENS albums, as well as the only live performance of “At the End of the Day” from LIKE AN OLD FASHIONED WALTZ. There is also a previously unreleased band version of “The Lady” and a live version of “Whispering Grass” from Dutch Television and an alternate take of the R n’ B tinged “Take Me Away” from the RENDEZVOUS sessions among many other rare or deleted extra tracks.

All three albums contain a wealth of well-known guest musicians including the likes of Richard Thompson, Jerry Donahue, Allen Toussaint, Steve Winwood, Diz Disley, ‘Sneaky’ Pete Kleinow and John Kirkpatrick to name a few.

SANDY, widely regarded as Sandy’s finest solo album, features such memorable Denny compositions as “The Lady”, “It’ll Take a Long Time” and “Listen, Listen” plus “The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood”, the last traditional tune she recorded, underpinning an astonishing multi-tracked vocal arrangement of a Richard Farina lyric.

LIKE AN OLD FASHIONED WALTZ is Sandy’s most romantic sounding record; built around her own compositions it includes the exceptional “Solo”, and “No End”, “Carnival” and “At the End of the Day” as well as two sumptuous jazz standards, “Whispering Grass” and “Until the Real Thing Comes Along”.

RENDEZVOUS shows a departure in style for Sandy, with several more up-tempo recordings, like “Take Me Away” and a cover of Richard Thompson’s “For Shame of Doing Wrong”. The album also includes an unusual session cut live with the band and strings which yielded gems like “I’m a Dreamer” and “No More Sad Refrains”, the haunting, orchestral “All Our Days”, and “One Way Donkey Ride”.

These new editions coincide with a UK tour entitled “The Lady: A Homage to Sandy Denny” which will present an evening of classic songs by Sandy featuring Joan Wasser (aka Joan As Police Woman), Maddy Prior, Jerry Donahue, Dave Swarbrick, Green Gartside, PP Arnold and Thea Gilmore, who last year succeeded in bringing to life a selection of Sandy Denny’s unrecorded songs on the album DON’T STOP SINGING.

The deluxe editions can be pre-ordered on Play here

The Lady: A Homage to Sandy Denny UK Tour May 2012

The Lady: A Homage to Sandy Denny, a special tour commemorating Sandy’s songwriting legacy is announced today. In the years since her death, Sandy has emerged as one of the UK ‘s greatest singer-songwriters. Her classic song ‘Who Knows Where the Time Goes’ has been recorded by a diverse range of artists including Cat Power, Nina Simone and Judy Collins. This special tour celebrates her legacy for a new generation and showcases for the first time her entire songbook taking in her work with Fairport Convention, Fotheringay, her solo career and the new songs completed by Thea Gilmore on her acclaimed album ‘Don’t Stop Singing’.

Thea will join a unique line up of artists including former colleagues and friends Dave Swarbrick, Maddy Prior, and Jerry Donahue, alongside Joan Wasser (aka Joan As Police Woman), Green Gartside, PP Arnold and young admirers including Lavinia Blackwall (Trembling Bells), Sam Carter, Blair Dunlop (The Albion Band), Ben Nicholls, and other guests. Together with members of Bellowhead, who form the core of a house ‘super group’, they create this unique, adventurous homage to the artist described by Richard Thompson as ‘the greatest British female artist of her generation’.

TOUR DATES AND BOOKING INFORMATION

May 19: LIVERPOOL Liverpool Philharmonic 0151 709 3789 book here

May 20: NOTTINGHAM Royal Centre 0115 989 5555 book here

May 21: BRIGHTON Festival 01273 709709 book here

May 22: COVENTRY Warwick Arts Centre 024 7652 4524 book here

May 23: LONDON Barbican Centre 020 7638 8891 book here

May 24: BASINGSTOKE The Anvil 01256 844244 book here

May 27: GATESHEAD The Sage Gateshead 0191 443 4661 book here

May 28: MANCHESTER Bridgewater Hall 0161 907 9000 book here

Andrew Batt, who has been involved in recent releases of Sandy’s material was creative producer of an earlier London staging of this concert to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Sandy’s death. Andrew then approached The Sage Gateshead about another staging as part of a tour, this time expanded to include Thea Gilmore’s songs. As a Music Beyond Mainstream venue, The Sage Gateshead introduced the idea to the MBM network. MBM felt the time was right to produce a live UK tour celebrating Sandy’s contribution for audiences “in the know”, who are familiar with her music but who would be introduced to new material set in the context of her entire musical legacy, and for new audiences who have heard contemporary popular artists name checked against her or be likened to her.

19 Rupert Street out now on vinyl

19 Rupert Street has been released on a high quality vinyl edition by Music On Vinyl, and can now be bought in our store

The LP is a rare early recording of Sandy performing with Alex Campbell at his house at 19 Rupert Street in 1967. The recording includes performances of a number of songs that Sandy never recorded, (including tracks like John Martyn’s Fairytale Lullaby and the traditional The Leaves of Life) making this an essential release for fans.

Thea Gilmore live in concert on 4th Feb 2012 at Cecil Sharp House, London

Don’t miss out on the chance to hear Thea Gilmore sing tracks from Don’t Stop Singing live in London this Saturday.

Like all the best tribute projects, English singer-songwriter Thea Gilmore’s new recording of previously un-scored compositions by the late Sandy Denny, Don’t Stop Singing, not only revisits but builds upon a monumental legacy, illuminating both artists afresh. Gilmore grew up with Denny’s songs from early childhood, later developing a vocal and lyrical style that’s often been likened to her predecessor and heroine, and won steadily mounting renown over the course of 10 previous albums. Flanked here by her full band plus string section, Gilmore has crafted adaptations and settings from Denny’s unfinished writings with such intuitive sensitivity that the Guardian unequivocally declared them equal to “what Denny herself might have composed.”

Go to the EFDSS website to book tickets.

Philip Wards’s book ‘Sandy Denny: Reflections on Her Music’ out now

Philip Ward’s compendium of writings on Sandy Entitled Sandy Denny: Reflections on Her Music, is out now and available from Amazon UK or direct from the publisher.

The book collects together Philip’s writings on Sandy which have appeared in magazines, album notes and online over the years, together with new material and a host of photos, some of them previously unpublished including a series of colour shots of Sandy at home at Chipstead Street in 1972.

Catch up on the latest promo for ‘Don’t Stop Singing’

The forthcoming release Don’t Stop Singing, a collaboration across the generations between Thea Gilmore and Sandy Denny is getting some really good attention in the press, with pieces in The Telegraph, Clash, The Independent and on the BBC. Fans can also watch a short video about the making of the album.

The Telegraph

Clash have featured a nice piece that includes a look at some of Sandy’s original lyric sheets for some of the new songs.

The Independent ran a big feature article on the 14th of October discussing the album with Thea and looking at Sandy’s enduring legacy.

BBC Radio 2 ran an interview with Thea Gilmore and Bob Harris discussing the project which can still be heard on their website.

Now watch the Electronic Press Kit:

You can also listen to a couple of tracks on SoundCloud including the opening song from the album Glistening Bay And the title track: Don’t Stop Singing

Island Records/Mighty Village release the album on November 7th 2011.

New book on Sandy by Philip Ward out this year

Philip Ward is publishing a compendium of his writings on Sandy which have appeared in magazines, album notes and online over the years, together with new material and a host of photos, some of them previously unpublished.

Entitled Sandy Denny: Reflections on Her Music, This will be available through all good bookshops, from Amazon UK or direct from the publisher.

From the back cover:

…In this book Philip Ward, who has made a close study of the artist, presents a series of personal ‘reflections’ on her life and work. He fills in details overlooked by her biographers, surveys recent reissues of her recordings and offers the first in-depth analysis of her songwriting. He looks back to the public events marking the thirtieth anniversary of her death and assesses her alongside some of her contemporaries. In the author’s words, the book is ‘a series of experiments’ in how to write about the subject. It concludes with a detailed essay arguing the case that, long before Amy Winehouse or Kate Bush, Denny was the first British female singer-songwriter of international stature.

“Philip Ward’s analyses of Sandy’s songs are original, thorough and insightful. I learned a lot from reading them.”Joe Boyd, record producer.

Philip Ward
Sandy Denny: Reflections on Her Music
Matador Press
Publication: 7 December 2011
RRP: £9.99

ISBN 978-1780880204

Don’t Stop Singing’, a collaboration across the generations between Thea Gilmore and Sandy Denny.

Island Records are excited to announce that November 7th heralds the release of an important new album. Thea Gilmore and Sandy Denny release Don’t Stop Singing, a collaboration across the generations between Thea and Sandy.

In late 2010 Thea Gilmore was commissioned by Sandy’s estate, in conjunction with Island Records, to write melodies for unfinished manuscripts, lyrics without music, and works in progress to finally bring some of Sandy’s last works to the world.

Don’t Stop Singing is the result. An album of 10 beautiful songs, Thea’s peerless voice and melodic gifts bring the Denny spirit and vision into the 21st century.

The album ranges from the uplifting ‘Glistening Bay’, an epihany rooted in stirring natural imagery borne along by piano and sweeping strings, to the dark personal imagery of ‘Pain In My Heart’ and ‘Long Time Gone’ to the exquisitely fragile lullaby ‘Georgia’… all tied together by the title track, a pithy and infectiously catchy nod to the enduring power of music.

The strings on Don’t Stop Singing were arranged and led by gifted young Scottish musician Donald Grant, who featured to great acclaim last year on Kate Rusby’s Make The Light album.

Other guests on a truly generation-transcending album include Benji Kirkpatrick from Bellowhead and his legendary acordion playing father John Kirkpatrick, who himself featured on Sandy.

It’s been an affecting journey for Thea, who grew up both geographically and spiritually close to Sandy and the Fairport’s world. It’s also a piece of work she feels deeply proud of.

Don’t Stop Singing is an unprecedented meeting of musical minds. And also a work of spine-tingling beauty.

Listen to the opening song from the album ‘Glistening Bay’ on SoundCloud

And the title track: Don’t Stop Singing

A rare early recording to be released of Sandy at 19 Rupert Street

A rare early recording of Sandy performing with Alex Campbell at his house at 19 Rupert Street in 1967 is to be released by Witchwood Media on 19th September 2011. The recording includes performances of a number of songs that Sandy never recorded, (including tracks like John Martyn’s Fairytale Lullaby and the traditional The Leaves of Life) making this an essential release for fans.

Further information on this release can be found here and it can be purchased in our store

Sandy Denny merchandise store is now open

The Official Sandy Denny merchandise store is now open. Check out the range of mugs and t-shirts here

Free Desktop Wallpaper of The North Star Grassman and The Ravens artwork

To celebrate the release of The North Star Grassman and The Ravens Deluxe Edition and its absolutely gorgeous artwork, we’ve created a wallpaper for you to download to make your computer screen look wonderful.

To get your hands on it, enter your details below and the link to the wallpaper will come through in an email shortly afterwards.


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INSTRUCTIONS

To set the image as your desktop wallpaper (using Windows):

  1. Open the “NorthStarWallpapers.zip” folder (if you don’t have “WinZip” installed on your computer, you can download this for free from http://download.cnet.com/)
  2. Double-click one of the two images in the NorthStarWallpapers.zip folder which should open the image in your default image viewer.
  3. Right-click on the image and select “Set as Desktop Background”
  4. Minimise all of your open windows and the Wallpaper should be in place on your desktop.
  5. You may wish to try both images to see which suits your screen the best.

Fotheringay Essen 1970 CD & LP released

Today sees the release of a special live performance by Fotheringay that was recorded at Grugahalle in Essen, Germany, on 23rd October 1970. Fotheringay performed as part of a large indoor festival that included many notable bands such as Supertramp, T. Rex, and Kraftwerk to name a few. The concert tapes have been elaborately re-mastered by Fotheringay guitarist Jerry Donahue who got the most out of the vintage recording. This performance was recorded semi-professionally by the festival host, and stands out as one of the best live performances ever captured of this short-lived but amazing band.

The complete concert is released on both CD and LP and features sleeve notes by Sandy Denny expert Philip Ward. More information including the tracklisting is available in our discography here

Talking Elephant are now selling the CD and LP

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
Blackwaterside
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)

The North Star Grassman and the Ravens – Deluxe Edition

Great news! Island are finally making Sandy’s solo albums available as Deluxe Editions. The first one; The North Star Grassman and the Ravens, will be available in shops from 13th June.

This 2cd version features the original studio album, now digitally remastered, plus bonus tracks including BBC recordings, 5 rare demos (previously only available on the recent box set) and one unreleased recording: an instrumental version of Lord Bateman found during the recent search of the archives. The edition can be pre-ordered at play.com here

The artwork also features some great new photos and an extensive essay by Patrick Humphries.

Record Store Day limited edition 7″

Thanks to the fans who voted in our Record Store Day limited edition 7″ poll. You’ve decided that ‘I’m A Dreamer (second demo)’ and ‘Who Knows Where the Time Goes (first demo)’ will be on the 7” single available at your local independent Record Store on 16th April 2011. This 7″ will be available for one day only: in order not to miss out, find your local participating store here: www.recordstoreday.co.uk

Boxset Sells Out – Still Available as a Download

The limited edition, 19cd Sandy Denny boxset has been a great success and is now sold out. However, fans that missed out on a copy can still download the complete set at UK iTunes purchasing either individual tracks or the complete set. The set is also now available on i-tunes Australia.

The complete set download comes with a pdf book similar to the book included in the boxset.

Sandy Special Edition Mug

To mark the release of the Sandy Denny Boxset RockPots are bringing out a special edition mug styled around the artwork featured on the boxset cover, drawn by Phil Smee. This is the first piece of Sandy merchandise to be released and is sure to become a collectors item of the future.

The mug can be ordered from www.rockpotsonline.co.uk

Boxset Track 18 on Disc 19, ‘Full Moon’

Track 18 on disc 19, Full Moon has 2 drop outs.

These were on the original source master so there was nothing that could be done to fix them. The track was left on as it is a rare home demo that, on the whole is a much better version. Unfortunately the problem with the track was not explained in the accompanying book. It is not a production error.

Boxset Reviews

The boxset has been released to unanimously good reviews; check out what Uncut, Word, Shindig and Record Collector had to say about it here:

Uncut 5 stars
I’m not sure it was clear till now just how wide and deep her talents ran (on this) brilliant and wholly justified collection, disc after disc, song after glorious song.

The Word
It’s a beautiful object and a fine tribute to a unique artist. Perfect.

Shindig 5 stars
…Includes a surprising number of hitherto unheard diamonds… superlative.

Record Collector 5 stars
The vibrancy and soul of these 19 discs will live forever… immensely strong and vulnerable… this is a fitting way to remember her.

Sandy Denny & the Strawbs All Our Own Work CD Release

Great news…. After coming in at #8 in Uncut magazines 50 Greatest Lost Albums poll, Sandy Denny and the Strawbs’ All Our Own Work receives its debut CD release. The package contains the original album, the 90’s re-issue with strings, and unreleased demos. It will be released on 14th June 2010 on Witchwood.

Press Release:
This release marks the first full CD issue of this early British folk-rock album – the complete sessions, remastered 24 tracks – the original album, out-takes and demos, three previously unreleased demos . These historic recordings have every claim to be called the first British folk-rock album. All Our Own Work, comprising all original material, was recorded in Copenhagen in July 1967. It was not released until 1973, to cash in on the Top Ten successes of Strawbs, and sold 65,000 copies. This new release dispels the myths. The booklet contains extracts from Dave Cousins’ diary with the full time-line.

Tracklist:

Original Album:
1. On My Way
2. Who Knows Where the Times Goes?
3. Tell Me What You See in Me
4. Always on My Mind
5. Stay Awhile with Me
6. Wild Strawberries
7. All I Need Is You
8. How Everyone but Sam Was a Hypocrite
9. Sail Away to the Sea
10. Sweetling
11. Nothing Else Will Do (Dave Cousins lead vocal)
12. And You Need Me

Outtakes and Demos:
13. Two Weeks Last Summer (Sandy Denny lead vocal)
14. Nothing Else will Do (Sandy Denny lead vocal)
15. Tell Me What You See in Me (with sitar and percussion)
16. Who Knows Where the Time Goes? (with string section)
17. Stay Awhile with Me (with string section)
18. And You Need Me (with string section)
19. I’ve Been My Own Worst friend
20. Poor Jimmy Wilson
21. Strawberry Picking

Previously Unreleased Demos:
22. The Family Duval
23. The Falling Leaves
24. Pieces of 79 and 15