Podcast: Sandy Denny
Episode #17-05 | airing 2-01-17

Island Records has recently released a 2-CD set of acoustic demos and outtakes by Sandy Denny. Sandy passed in 1978 and this new collection is fascinating as we hear selections recorded before and after her tenures with Fairport Convention. We’ll also hear selections from her short time with The Strawbs and Fotheringay, an acoustic demo of a song that would eventually land on Rock On by The Bunch and her backing vocals on a tune on Richard Thompson’s first solo recording. All this and a few more surprises on this program dedicated to the artistry of Sandy Denny.


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Artist / “Title” / CD / Label

Pete Seeger / If I Had A Hammerexcerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle / Smithsonian Folkways
John Kirkpatrick & Ashley Hutchings / Bonny Breastknot-Double Lead Through/ The Compleat Dancing Master / Fledg’ling
Sandy Denny / You Never Wanted Me/ I’ve Always Kept a Unicorn / Island
Jackson C Frank / Blues Run the Game/ The Complete Recordings / Ba Da Bing
The Strawbs / Who Knows Where the Time Goes/ Sandy Denny & the Strawbs / Hannibal
The Strawbs / Sail Away to the Sea/ Sandy Denny & the Strawbs / Hannibal

Fairport Convention / Motheringay/ What We Did on our Holiday / Island
Fairport Convention / topsy / Unhalfbricking / Island
Fairport Convention / Home All Ye/ Liege and Lief / Island
John Kirkpatrick & Ashley Hutchings / Long Odds-Mr. Cosgill’s Delight/ The Compleat Dancing Master / Fledg’ling

Fotheringay / The Pond and the Stream/ Fotheringay / Fledg’ling
Fotheringay / Late November/ 2 / Fledg’ling
Led Zeppelin / The Battle of Evermore/ 4 / Atlantic
Richard Thompson / The Angel’s Took My Racehorse Away/ Starring as Henry the Human Fly /
Sandy Denny / Learning the Game/ I’ve Always Kept a Unicorn / Island
Pete Seeger / If I Had A Hammerexcerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle / Smithsonian Folkways

About Tom Druckenmiller

Tom has a long history with Sing Out! as a writer and regular contributor (for more than a decade) and deep and rich skills as a radio host and programmer of folk and roots music! He’s been a folk musician and teacher for over forty years. Tom began playing and singing Bob Dylan and Tom Paxton songs, but fell in love with old-time music and the clawhammer banjo after hearing John McCutcheon at the legendary Bethlehem folk club Godfrey Daniels. He has studied with old-time music greats Dwight Diller, Riley Baugus and Norman and Nancy Blake … and has, himself, taught at many music camps and workshops including The Augusta Heritage Workshops (in Elkins WV), the Pocono Dulcimer Fest (in Stroudsburg PA) and the Maidencreek Old-Time Music Festival (in Blandon PA). Druckemiller’s continuing regular local radio gig “In The Tradition” has aired on WDIY-FM in Allentown PA for the past 16 years, and he also co-hosts the “Sunday Folk” program on the station.

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