Angel of Avalon
Next, a few short notes from Peter. These "sum up his Sandy-orientated life".
|I first heard of Sandy
Denny in 1970 in an article in The Melody Maker (probably by Karl Dallas)
which featured 'folk-rock' as a musical genre.
Sandy had just been voted Vocalist of the Year - I had to hear her! (I had beeen interested in folk for years prior to that: I remember Roy Acuff's Open House also, a country/folk TV program from the USA from the late 50's and also a few Australian music programs which featured local and overseas acts. Gary Shearston, Lionel Long, Marion Hendersdon and Trevor Lucas were well-known folkies.) So I followed up the albums mentioned in the article - Fotheringay was where I first heard Sandy. This album (now in CD mode with extra tracks) is still played at home regularly and it still has the most extraordinary atmosphere - there has not been another record like it. Soon after that (1971) I acquired Liege and Lief by Fairport. Since then I have been involved in a process of acquiring all FC members'other musics; then introducing friends and relatives to the whole catalogue since that time. Highlights have been Sandy's visits to Australia with the Fairport lineups which included TL, Swarb, Peggy, DM, JD and eventually BR on drums. The Opera House was no doubt the most memorable - and my friends and I are on the album! I will pay my respects at Sandy's resting place this year (98) after Cropredy. The memories will linger always.
Peter Herring, Sydney, Australia.
Tish wrote the following after listening to 'Farewell Farewell'.
She describes it as 'one of Sandy's many gifts' to her.
Painting between the Rainfall
Searching through prysmic eyes
The literal has become
sandpaper walls surround the silent one
Desperately the words take shape
Letters roll, they are the hills
Reader, do you hear me?
what is the poet? what is the friend?
Tish Ballentine - July 1998