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Sandy Denny: Like an Old-Fashioned Waltz

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2005

BEGUN IN LA and finished in London, Like an Old-Fashioned Waltz may be Denny's finest hour. Kicking off with 'Solo', one of her trademark piano ...

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Sandy Denny (1977)

Interview by Karl Dallas, Rock's Backpages audio, 1977

The Queen of English Folk-Rock talks about going back on the road (the repertoire, the musicians and the nerves), about her recent split from Island Records, and about her new baby Georgia.

File format: mp3 File size: 9.5mb Interview length: 10' 23"; Sound quality: ****

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Thea Gilmore breathes new life into the words of a tragic lost star

Report and Interview by Andy Gill, The Independent, 14 October 2011

Folk-rock pioneer Sandy Denny left a wealth of lyrics that have inspired the artist's new album. ...

Mick Houghton: I've Always Kept a Unicorn – The Biography of Sandy Denny

Book Review by Barney Hoskyns, The Guardian, 21 February 2015

WHAT, HYPOTHETICALLY, would have happened if Sandy Denny had tried out for The Voice UK? Would Rita and Ricky and and Sir Tom have ...

Sandy Denny: The North Star Grassman and the Ravens

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2005

TO BILLY CONNOLLY she was "one of the angriest women I ever met", while Island press officer David Sandison recalled her as a "belligerent and ...

Sandy Denny: Sandy

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2005

DENNY'S SECOND solo set, produced by boyfriend and Fotheringay graduate Trevor Lucas, was a decided improvement on her great but scattered debut. Evenly balanced between ...

Sandy Denny: Rendezvous

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2005

FOLLOWING the Fairport Convention reunion that produced 1975's Rising For The Moon, Rendezvous was Denny's last LP before her death from a brain haemorrhage in ...

Sandy Denny: The Attic Tracks 1972-1984

Review by Cliff Jones, MOJO, September 1995

AT THE RISK of winning an all-comers hyperbole award, I shall begin and end by stating that Sandy Denny was the greatest female singer/songwriter Britain ...

Sandy Denny Pregnant

Report and Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, 16 July 1977

SANDY DENNY looked radiant. Yes, one is always supposed to say that about ladies when they're pregnant, but in this case it was true. She ...

Sandy Fights Back

Report and Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, 12 November 1977

"IF I HAVE TO SING 'Matty Groves' one more time, I'll throw myself out of a window... I'll be doing a lot of stuff from ...

Strawbs featuring Sandy Denny: All Our Own Work (Hallmark)

Review by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, 9 March 1974

GET THE duster out, mother. Clear those cobwebs away, here's one from the archives. The Strawbs and Sandy Denny together recorded in 1968. The first ...

Sandy Denny and Marian Segal

Profile and Interview by Colman Andrews, Phonograph Record, September 1972

AN ARTICLE on Sandy Denny and Marian Segal, huh? O.K. Now who's Marian Segal? ...

Drowning in Genius: Surveying this season's mountain of greatest-hits albums

Review by Eric Weisbard, Spin, December 2000

SO, WHAT'LL IT BE: Tears for Fears? .38 Special? Whitesnake? It's become impossible to keep abreast of all the best-ofs, as labels keep foisting greatest-hits ...

Sandy Denny: Sound Circus, Royalty Theatre, London

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 10 December 1977

IT'S TAKEN Sandy Denny quite a while to take the plunge as a live solo performer but hopefully the reaction she received from the Sound ...

Sandy Denny in the Talk-In

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, 8 September 1973

SANDY DENNY and Trevor Lucas were at their Fulham flat watching the test match when I arrived to tape the talk-in. England’s terrible plight was ...

Sandy Brings Out The Tears

Live Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, 1973

"SANDY DENNY really draws ‘em out", exclaimed Al Stewart, surveying the sea of well-known faces who had assemble at the Howff to see Britain’s number ...

Angel Of Avalon: Sandy Denny

Retrospective by Jim Irvin, MOJO, June 1998

Revered by everyone from Frank Zappa to The Spice Girls. Led Zeppelin's one and only guest star. One of Britain's greatest singers. Yet her true ...

Sandy Denny: Sandy Denny

Review by Jim Irvin, The Word, September 2010

A monumental box for a great voice. ...

Sandy Denny (1977) [transcript]

Audio transcript of interview by Karl Dallas, Rock's Backpages transcripts, 1977

This is a transcription of Karl's audio interview with Sandy. Listen to the audio of this interview. ...

Fotheringay, The Sea and Sandy Denny

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, 27 June 1970

A FEW months ago Fotheringay was a pretty name for a group of musicians who happened to play together. Today it is the name of ...

Sandy Denny: The North Sea Grassman and the Ravens (Island)

Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, 21 August 1971

WE ALWAYS knew Sandy Denny had the capacity to make a brilliant record, and we were right. ...

Sandy Denny: Rendezvous

Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, May 1977

THIS IS THE ALBUM we have been waiting for since Sandy left Fairport Convention for the second time at the end of 1975. Over six ...

Sandy Denny: Howff, London

Live Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, 8 September 1973

SANDY, FROM HERE on you can do no wrong as far as I am concerned. On Monday at London's Howff you did what I've always ...

Fotheringay: Sandy and the New Band

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, 21 March 1970

FOTHERINGAY, the new band which has been formed by Sandy Denny of Fairport Convention and Trevor Lucas of Eclection, with Garry Conway (Eclection) and Pat ...

Sandy Denny: Softie Sandy

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, 15 September 1973

ALL IN ALL, it's been a funny sort of year for Sandy Denny. She hadn't performed in this country before last Christmas though she's worked ...

Sandy Denny: The Battle Of Evermore

Report and Interview by Kate Mossman, The Word, April 2012

The Sandy Denny tribute show is expanding, a long-running fight to "give her songs a future". ...

Sandy Denny: Sandy

Review by Ken Barnes, Music World, April 1973

THE SINGER/SONGWRITER boom is still rolling merrily along, but some of the most brilliant artists in the genre have failed to break through thus far. ...

Island Records: Treasure Island

Profile by Lenny Kaye, Hit Parader, January 1975

GIVEN THE commercial restrictions of the business we call music, it is the rare record company that is willing to lay itself on the line ...

Fotheringay: "This piece has nothing to with how to feed and handle the common house cat" — NO KIDDING?

Interview by Lon Goddard, Record Mirror, 4 April 1970

S.W.6 IS NOT exactly the celebrated home of the hip, but this piece is not designed to specify popular vicinities of London. Nor is it's ...

Sandy Denny: Taken Too Early

Retrospective by Mark Hudson, Daily Telegraph, 24 November 2005

Mark Hudson reveals the tragic tale of the British Joni Mitchell; Sandy Denny ...

Sandy Denny: The North Star Grassman & the Ravens (Island)

Review by Mick Farren, International Times, 21 October 1971

THERE SEEMS to be a line that lady singers have to cross before they begin to exhibit real soul. The transition also seems, to many, ...

Learning the Game: Sandy Denny and Jackson C. Frank

Book Excerpt by Mick Houghton, 'I've Always Kept a Unicorn' (Faber), March 2015

"I think my first songwriting influences came from somebody called Jackson Frank. He's an American bloke who made one album over here just called Jackson ...

Sandy Denny: Who Knows Where The Time Goes (Island)

Review by Nick Coleman, New Musical Express, Summer 1986

WHEN SHE DIED I was still preoccupied with the politics of holey jeans and why the Ramones were the perfect emblem of the beast Modern ...

Sandy Denny: The Queen of Fairport

Retrospective by Nick Coleman, Independent on Sunday, 6 May 2012

LESS THAN A decade ago a retrospective CD box-set came out. A Boxful of Treasures documented the life and career of the English singer-songwriter Sandy ...

Bob Dylan: Biograph; Sandy Denny: Who Knows Where The Time Goes

Review by Richard Williams, The Times, 28 December 1985

NOTHING AS simple as a "greatest hits" collection from the Bob Dylan of 1985, of course. ...

Sandy Denny & The Strawbs: All Our Own Work

Review and Interview by Rob Young, Uncut, August 2010

Early recordings of English folk's finest voice, definitively remastered. ...

Sandy Denny: "I don't think she ever gave the future the time of day…"

Retrospective by Rob Young, Uncut, October 2010

When Sandy Denny left Fairport Convention at the height of their success, she seemed destined for solo stardom. What went wrong? With the help of ...

Sandy Denny: Lady Mitchell College, Cambridge

Live Review by Rosalind Russell, Disc, 14 October 1972

THERE APPEARS to be an army of green men all over Cambridgeshire. I thought it odd, at first, that every pub in the county should ...

Sandy Denny: The North Star Grassman And The Ravens (ILPS 9165 £2.15)

Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 9 October 1971


Sandy Denny Breaks Her Silence

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 15 January 1972

After playing a Greta Garbo role for three months, the leading lady of British folk comes out of her shell to talk to Tony Stewart ...

Sandy Denny: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 18 September 1971

PERHAPS I was expecting too much from Sandy Denny, or maybe I wanted too much, but I'm afraid her concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall ...

Sandy Denny: Sandy and Band, Coping Cheerfully

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 5 April 1972

FROM THE outside the Denny residence in Fulham looks a place of tranquility. Inside, though, a different story prevails. As Watson the huge Airedale lumbers ...

Concerts, Not Clubs, For Sandy Denny's Fotheringay

Interview by uncredited writer, Beat Instrumental, April 1970

TAKE ONE PART Fairport Convention, two parts Eclection, and two parts Poet and One Man Band, put them in a bag, stir well and allow ...

see also Fairport Convention

see also Fotheringay


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