“He who sleeps, he does not see the coming of the seasons
fulfilling of a dream … without a time to reason.”
Winter Winds, they do blow cold, the time of year it is chosen. What a wet, blustery, cold start we have had to 2018. Have we all been hibernating, staying indoors and contemplating?
Apologies if I am late updating the blog, it’s probably too late to wish everyone a Happy New Year – but I do!
Well… I’m awake and have just seen a glimmer of hope for a new Spring in my garden with the first signs of colour from the crocuses peeping out …
Some news for you. I have been invited to do a couple of guest spots with the amazing CODA – a tribute to Led Zeppelin. Sandy Denny was the only female artist asked to perform on a Zeppelin track – ‘The Battle of Evermore” – so I was honoured to be asked and delighted to be performing at:
The Iron Road - Evesham Saturday April 28th
Fat Lil’s - Witney Wednesday July 6th
Drunken Monkey Festival - Worcester Saturday Aug 4th (afternoon)
Next week we are returning to Vale Studios to complete our long-awaited album of Songs from The Sandy Denny Songbook, ‘Who Knows Where the Time Goes?’ We are really looking forward to spending time in the studio. There may just be time to put forward any favorite Sandy Denny songs that you would love us to explore. Send me a message via Facebook. Or website: firstname.lastname@example.org. The CD launch is planned for Spring – so watch this space!
2018 promises to be a busy year for me and for the band. It’s 40 years on from Sandy’s passing and we wanted to celebrate and share in her wonderful music – so we have planned a series of shows in Worcestershire, Birmingham, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, London and Oxfordshire. So check out the ‘Shows’ page for venues, dates and times. We are delighted to be returning to the Troubadour – Earls Court – London on Saturday April 21st, it promises to be a sell out! We’ve got Sandy fans from all over the globe coming to see it: from the USA, Canada, Italy, South Africa… Maybe our Norwegian friends from November’s gig will join us again – they were great fun! It should be a really special evening! And, as you can imagine, we’re really looking forward to performing at the Cropredy Fringe Festival– The Brasenose Inn – Cropredy on Saturday August 4th (evening).
Can you believe it, its been 40 years? Sandy we miss you…
“ Come…. all you rolling minstrels, and together we will try…..
to rouse the spirit of the air”
It was a chilly evening in Late November but warm and ‘cosy’ inside the club - as we performed at the Troubadour in Earls Court - London. What a wonderful night! A big thank you to all the people that came along to the show to support live music. It was great to meet some of Sandy Denny fans from London, and ‘facebook’ friends who came to say hello. We had visitors from all over the globe. Colorado(USA), Johannesburg (South Africa) and our very lively friends from Norway. We had a very appreciative audience and some lovely comments on facebook, we really enjoyed performing – and to top it all a ‘standing ovation’ at the end!
A special thank you to Chris Hutchison on keyboards who opened the show with an amazing set of ‘Soulful’ songs - a truly talented ‘Singer-songwriter’ he also added a few favorites of mine – ‘Riders of the Storm’ and ‘Piano man’ which went down very well with the audience. Thank you for accompanying me for some of Sandy’s BBC Solo sessions like ‘The North Star, Grassman and the Raven’, ‘Full Moon’, ‘An Old Fashioned Waltz’ and ‘Whispering Grass’.
The good news is that the show is returning to the Troubadour April 21st – so to those people who didn’t manage to come to the show- put the date in your diary. Tickets will be on sale shortly.
We have lots of things happening next year, we’re returning to the studio in the New Year to finalise recordings, with a CD Launch in the Spring. Followed by a tour in the Summer – dates to be announced shortly.
Here’s wishing everyone a prosperous and music-filled 2018.
“ A boxful of Treasures…….and a golden comb I will surely give to you…”
We are really excited to be performing at the Troubadour in London on 25th November. The Troubadour was the first place Bob Dylan performed and Paul Simon, Martin Carthy, Redd Sullivan, Charlie Watts, Sammy Davis Jr. and Jimmy Hendrix have all played here. Led Zeppelin used to come and jam at the club after their Earl’s Court gigs. It was while Sandy Denny was performing at the Troubadour, a member of ‘The Strawbs’ heard her and, in 1967, she was invited to join the band.
In my last blog I talked about winning a signed guitar at the Cropedy Festival and put out the question, ’There must be at least 30 other guitars that have been won; what happened to them all? Are they owned by musicians? Are they played? I invited anyone who has a signed guitar or knows someone who has to get in touch.
I’ve had a few replies: one from Paul Sampson who won his guitar in 1997. He’s been going to Cropedy since 1983 and spent £1 on a raffle ticket. He still owns the guitar and is playing regularly in a ‘ceilidh’ band in North Dorset. They have a reputation for creating a fun time – offering lively spirited music for country-dance. (www.hambledonhopstepband.co.uk)
I have also heard from Dave George whose granddaughter, Millie, won a guitar signed by Fairport Convention two years ago at Tewkesbury’s Roses Theatre. She loves folk music and has started her musical career learning to play the guitar – watch this space! This year will be her 4th year at Cropredy.
There must be more winners out there? Send your stories to: email@example.com and I will publish them onto Facebook and my blog.
Best wishes to all and thanks for visiting the site.
”We search for everything….keeping what we would win.” (All our Days)
I’m really excited to be writing my very first blog and to be reaching out to all you… traditional and modern lovers of all things folk and rock!
From an early age and singing at school I was told – I have a voice made for folk, and I love to tell a story when I sing, so its not surprising that I fell in love with Sandy Denny’s romantic, haunting songs and her storytelling that takes root in your soul.
I went to ‘Cropredy’ for the first time in 1996. I was inspired by talented musicians and met some incredible people. On the Saturday night I won an acoustic guitar signed by performers at the festival. It’s a moment I will never forget, walking down from the back of the field, through the crowd, carrying the guitar, I didn’t know then, the impact it would have on me.
I took it home and started playing “Who knows where the time goes?” very badly…(I might add.) It took some time but eventually I worked out the chords and tuning and cracked it. Then I tried “The Sea”, “Farewell Farewell”, “Crazy Man Michael” plus many more.
Little did I know nearly 22yrs later, I’d be performing her songs at folk festivals. It’s a joy, an honour and a privilege, that all started with that guitar, a little faded now… but you can still read the signatures: Joe Brown, Phil Beer, Beryl Marriott, Gerry Conway, Jerry Donahue, Ralph Mctell, Chris Leslie and the whole ’96 Fairport line up. Including Dave Swarbrick.
But what I really wanted to find out was this…..there must have been at least 30 other signed guitars, what happened to them all? Are they owned by musicians? Are they played?....what adventures did they have or are having?…… are they kept in lofts or cabinets?... are they travelling around the world? …or in museums?
I’m hoping to collect as many stories as I can – so I’m sending out an invitation to anyone who has a signed guitar from Cropredy or knows someone….. send your stories to: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post them onto facebook and my blog.