Image: Linda Fitzgerald-Moore
Eleven years is a long time, even in folk music. The article I reproduce below tells the story of the release of Fotheringay's 'lost' second album and dates from the end of 2008. I was living in Abu Dhabi and wrote this piece for The National, an English-language newspaper for which I was working and to which I still contribute. I researched and wrote the piece as a journalist; I am also, as any regular reader of Salut! Live will be aware, a fan.
I had largely forgotten about this feature until I noticed a day or two ago (the last week of April 2020) that members of the Sandy Denny and Family group at Facebook were nominating their favourites among the fabulous body of work left behind by a singer who possessed once-in-a-generation qualities. It was the idea of one of those members, Mick Donovan, and I posted a clip from the album, Denny's stunning version of Wild Mountain Thyme.
To my surprise, my post drew terrific feedback, more than 50 'likes' when I last looked. "She could have sung the phone book and it would have been beautiful," Mick wrote. "This has the bonus of being a lovely, lovely song." Another member of the Facebook group, Dave Pitchford, added: "Her work with Fotheringay was her best for me. I was fortunate to see the reformed Fotheringay a number of times. The music was an utter delight."
For all this great, much-missed artist's fans who stray to these pages, and in honour of Jerry Donohue, the former Fotheringay and Fairport Convention band member, who suffered a massive stroke in 2016, my original article appears below. Without Jerry, neither the album nor my article would have materialised and I thank him while hoping he has regained some of the quality of life that stroke took away ...
Jerry Donahue: by Enamelhead - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, at Wikipedia Commons