The Lady: A Homage to Sandy Denny
19 - 28 May 2012
In the years since her tragic early death, folk icon Sandy Denny has emerged as one of the UK 's greatest singer-songwriters. Her legendary song “Who Knows Where the Time Goes” has been recorded by a diverse range of artists including Cat Power, Nina Simone and Judy Collins. This special show celebrates her legacy for a new generation, who are beginning to understand her contribution and significance, as new artists such as Laura Marling, Joanna Newsom and Florence Welch are likened to Denny or cite her as an influence.
Denny is recognized for her pivotal involvement with the British folk rock movement, a sound she was instrumental in creating. She has the distinction of being the only guest vocalist on a Led Zeppelin album, performing the duet ‘The Battle of Evermore’ with Robert Plant on Led Zeppelin IV. In a short 13 year career Sandy Denny left behind an extensive legacy that has seen her reputation continue to grow. All her recordings have now been comprehensively re-issued culminating in a 19cd boxset and an acclaimed album of new songs discovered in her archive and completed by Thea Gilmore entitled ‘Don’t Stop Singing’.
For the first time Sandy Denny’s entire musical legacy is showcased live bringing together her work with Fairport Convention, Fotheringay, her solo career and the new songs completed by Thea Gilmore. Thea joins a unique line up of artists including former colleagues and friends Maddy Prior, Dave Swarbrick and Jerry Donahue alongside young admirers, established vocal artists and musicians including Joan Wasser (aka Joan As Police Woman), Green Gartside (Scritti Politti), PP Arnold, Lavinia Blackwall (Trembling Bells), Sam Carter, Blair Dunlop (Albion Band), Ben Nicholls, Nick Pynn and Nigel Stonier. Together with Bellowhead members Pete Flood, Andy Mellon and Benji Kirkpatrick, who form the core of a house ‘super group’, they create this unique, adventurous homage to the artist described by Richard Thompson as ‘the greatest British female artist of her generation’.
Who Knows Where The Time Goes - Sandy Denny
"My favourite singer out of all the British girls that ever were. " - Robert Plant