COMPETITION UPDATE: CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS MIDNIGHT (UK TIME) THURSDAY NOV 13
It is not a well kept secret that Salut! Live is a huge fan of Sandy Denny.
She was not only an enthralling singer, the beauty of her voice enhanced by that hint of vulnerability. She also wrote some outstanding songs.
When she left Fairport Convention for the first time, it was to form Fotheringay. They made one album, started work on a second and then disintegrated. Sandy had succumbed, with massive reluctance according to those close to her at the time, to mounting pressure to embark on a solo career.
The pressure was not surprising. We love to claim Sandy Denny for folk and folk-rock, but her appeal crossed these boundaries we impose; she'd won two female singer of the year awards in a mainstream pop setting.
One argument could be that she made the second Fotheringay album when she invited the musicians she had worked with in the band to play on her solo debut.
But now, 38 years after Fotheringay first started laying down the tracks of the follow-up to their first record, Fotheringay 2 is available. I will tell the story, of how it has come about, in greater detail as a later stage (for those not already familiar with it). But for now, why not claim one of the three free copies the issuing record label, Fledg'ling, has made available for this site.
Just share with Salut! Live - or with Mudcat and Talkawhile, where I will invite replies, too - your best or most vivid memory of Sandy, Fotheringay, Fairport with Sandy, Sandy solo, Sandy on record.
Whether, like Salut! Live, you are as old as the hills, or you are too young to have came across Sandy until years after her untimely death in 1978, your stories - win or lose - will contribute to our collective reminiscence.
The recent posting on versions of Who Knows Where The Time Goes? may give you an idea or two....
Salut! Live's decision must be final. If the quality of entries matches that of the Maddy competition, a bonus prize may well be added. Get remembering, get writing!
It worked rather well with the recent Maddy Prior competition and there is no reason why it should not work again.
And while we are on the subject of Sandy, Philip Ward - who runs an excellent site devoted to her memory - reminds me of the tribute concert marking the passing of 30 years since her death - at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London SE1 on Monday Dec 1. Read more about it - and book your seats - by following this link to Philip's site.