Sandy Denny by Carla Fuchs and Sandy’s daughter. (1) Songbird’s flight

In the 45 years that, almost unbelievably, have passed since the desperately early death of Sandy Denny, musicians and writers have done wonders to ensure the wonderful body of work she created in such a short life, remains alive. 

Without the least disrespect to the many I will unintentionally overlook, I readily bring to mind Philip Ward, Andrew Batt, Phil Lloyd Smee, Thea Gilmore, Chris While, the large extended Fairport Convention family, Jerry Donahue and all those artists – Judy Collins, Mary Black, Nina Simone, Nanci Griffith, Kate Rusby, Rufus Wainwright, Eva Cassidy, Barbara Dickson, 10,ooo Maniacs  and so many more including the afore-mentioned Gilmore and While – and their covers of Sandy’s songs.

One singer and one artist are absent from that provisional, incomplete list: Carla Fuchs, an admirable performer, writer and academic, and Georgia Rose Lucas, the daughter of Sandy and an accomplished artist.