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A short-lived UK folk group led by Sandy Denny, featuring Trevor Lucas, Jerry Donahue, Gerry Conway and Pat Donaldson, they recorded their album “Fotheringay” in 1970 before splitting. At the time I was into “Liege and Lief” by Fairport Convention, and was blown away by “Who Knows Where The Time Goes” as a song covered by Judy Collins, so an album like this, featuring Sandy, was always going to be on my horizon. 

“The Sea” was also written by her and features crashing cymbals, like Fleetwood Mac’s hit “Albatross,” though of course it’s Sandy’s soaring and liltingly beautiful voice that is its essence.  Is there any other voice from English folk that resonates quite like Sandy’s? No wonder then that Led Zep chose her to guest on “LZ4” with “The Battle of Evermore” and, of course, tragic that she died so young.

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About the Curator: Richard Parsons

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I grew up listening to music from the late 60’s onwards. Pirate pop radio; swapping LP’s with friends; exploring genres; daydreaming over the latest woofer and tweeter.

In reality I spent thirty years imparting imperfect knowledge of English literature and drama to young minds in school. Regrets? No. I loved teaching; loved the interaction with the pupils, and made lifelong friends as a result. And what better way to keep up to date with music? I always played stuff in my lessons, and as a result, I’d be bombarded with suggestions from my flock! “Sir! Have you heard…?

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