The Sandy Denny Experience

A celebration and tribute to Sandy Denny’s defining role in British folk-rock music.

The band’s tribute to Sandy Denny

Julie July Band has built a substantial reputation on reinterpretations of Sandy Denny’s songs, paying a heartfelt tribute to the great singer-songwriter.

The band has always admired the work of Sandy Denny, each with their own experiences. For the lead singer-songwriter, Julie July, her love for Denny’s work dates back to 1996. After winning a guitar at her first-ever folk festival, she soon found herself trying to learn some of Sandy Denny’s greatest hits.

Like the rest of the band, Julie fell in love with the romantic and haunting songs of Sandy Denny. A passion that would eventually lead to the formation of the Julie July Band.  

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I feel so humbled and privileged to perform Sandy Denny’s songs. They evoke real feelings, moving me and the audience. They love that we are keeping her memories and stories alive.

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Sandy

Sandy Denny’s extraordinary legacy

Although her music career was brief, Sandy Denny left a legacy of beautiful yet haunting original and traditional compositions. After spending time performing with the Strawbs, Fairport Convention and Fotheringay, Sandy Denny released four critically acclaimed solo studio albums, The North Star Grassman and the Ravens, Sandy, Like an Old Fashioned Waltz and Rendevous.

Folk-rock legend, Richard Thompson, called Sandy Denny “The greatest artist of her generation”. Melody Maker readers twice voted her “Best British Female Singer” in 1970 and 1971.

Sandy Denny’s most famous song, “Who Knows Where the Time Goes?” was voted favourite folk track of all time by BBC Radio 2 listeners and has since been covered by many artists including Judy Collins, Nina Simone and Eva Cassidy.

Now, over 40 years on from Sandy Denny’s tragic death, Julie July Band celebrates her legacy by performing a selection of her songs from The Strawbs, Fotheringay, Fairport Convention and her successful solo career.

Reviews

Sandy Denny tribute concert

Over the years, the band have had the pleasure of performing classic Sandy Denny tracks in many venues and locations. Discover what fans and critics said about their experience.

“I salute the July Julie Band for their dedication in keeping Sandy Denny’s music alive. Both their live performances and this album do justice to her enormous legacy.  As a devoted Sandy fan there’s absolutely nothing not to love on this gorgeous and heartfelt album. Really enjoyed this album – do buy it people!"

Darren Johnson - (Music Journalist fRoots)

“I have been a fan of Sandy's music since I first saw her live in 1971 in Birmingham. I had the privilege of seeing her later with Fairport and sadly her final solo tour at Birmingham Town Hall. I have just been playing your version of "who knows" and you have nailed it to perfection. Thank you for keeping Sandy's music live and hopefully introducing her to new generations.”

Richard

“I feel like giving you a standing ovation for that review Julie July but it’s an accurate reflection of the love and care you put into your work and is deserved. Hope It’s the first of many great reviews you get.”

John O’Regan

“A marvellous night! Julie was superb. Her voice is beautiful and did justice to the Denny legacy. The band were a treat. A special mention for the lead guitar (rock God!). If you haven’t already, check out the Julie July band album!”

Stephen – Huntingdon Hall – Worcester

“A totally wonderful evening, fabulous tight band. Steve’s playing bringing to mind Richard Thompson, Martin Stone and Amos Garrett. The jewel though was Julie’s voice, which captured the pure essence of Sandy Denny’s songs.”

Pete –Artrix – Birmingham

“A marvellous night! Julie was superb. Her voice is beautiful and did justice to the Denny legacy. The band were a treat. A special mention for the lead guitar (rock God!). If you haven’t already, check out the Julie July band album!”

Stephen – Huntingdon Hall – Worcester