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In the years since her tragic early death, folk icon Sandy Denny has emerged as one of the UK ‘s greatest singer-songwriters. Her legendary 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 show celebrates her legacy for a new generation, who are beginning to understand her contribution and significance, as new artists such as Laura Marling, Joanna Newsom and Florence Welch are likened to Denny or cite her as an influence.
Denny is recognized for her pivotal involvement with the British folk rock movement, a sound she was instrumental in creating. She has the distinction of being the only guest vocalist on a Led Zeppelin album, performing the duet ‘The Battle of Evermore’ with Robert Plant on Led Zeppelin IV.
In a short 13 year career Sandy Denny left behind an extensive legacy that has seen her reputation continue to grow. All her recordings have now been comprehensively reissued culminating in a 19cd boxset and an acclaimed album of new songs discovered in her archive and completed by Thea Gilmore entitled ‘Don’t Stop Singing’.
For the first time Sandy Denny’s entire musical legacy is showcased live bringing together her work with Fairport Convention, Fotheringay, her solo career and the new songs completed by Thea Gilmore. Thea joins a unique line up of artists including former colleagues and friends Maddy Prior, Dave Swarbrick, and Jerry Donahue, alongside Joan Wasser (Joan As Police Woman), PP Arnold and young admirers including Lavinia Blackwall, Sam Carter, Ben Nicholls, Blair Dunlop 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’.
“Sandy Denny was and is the best. Her voice was so effortless, graceful and commanding”. – Maddy Prior
“My favourite singer out of all the British girls that ever were.” – Robert Plant.
A pre-concert talk, hosted by Patrick Humphries will take place in Hall One at 6.30pm. The talk will last for approximately 25 minutes and is free to ticket holders of the concert.
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