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(1970 – 1971)

Fotheringay was a short-lived British folk rock group, formed in 1970 by vocalist Sandy Denny on her departure from Fairport Convention. The band drew its name from Denny’s 1968 composition “Fotheringay” about Fotheringhay Castle, in which Mary, Queen of Scots, had been imprisoned. The song originally appeared on the 1969 Fairport Convention album, What We Did on Our Holidays, Denny’s first album with that group.

The band expressed Denny’s vision of the potential of folk rock to express complex meaning and deep personal emotion, using traditional ballad forms, but with the power of a rock band. Their self-titled first album (Fotheringay) was also only one of two albums, as they broke up a year later, in January 1971, while working on their second (recently released). The cause appears to have been personal difficulties, made worse by lack of success and thus income! Oddly for such talented musicians the band were widely reported to have been poor in live performance, which may well have also contributed to their short life as a band. Tracks later surfaced on her three-disc compilation.

The rhythm section was formed by Gerry Conway and Pat Donaldson, lauded by Denny as the best in the business. In the absence of Richard Thompson, who was prepared to tour with her, and act as session musician but wanted to follow his own career, lead guitar was taken by Jerry Donahue, whose transatlantic country roots and softer personality brought a different, less edgy feel to the music.


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  • Color_Of_Sound


    14 Feb 2:43am Reply
  • radioacrata

    Cuando escucho la voz única e irrepetible de Sandy siento una incontenible melancolía y una tristeza indescriptible.. Siempre se van los mejores... El vacío abierto cuando Sandy Denny nos dejó no se ha podido llenar en todos estos años, y ya va pesando mucho esta ausencia que nadie ni nada compensa ni sana. Como proyecto musical "Fotheringay" está a la altura de la etapa de Sandy Denny en "Fairport Convention". La guitarra de Jerry Donahue es soberbia y sabe cómo conducir el sonido del grupo por pautas de calidad. En el primer disco, "Fotherungay", la voz de Sandy destaca sobresalientemente por encima de sus compañeros, aún más si cabe que en la época de "Fairport Convention", aunque en los duetos que protagoniza con Trevor Lucas la voz no es del todo brillante. Sin embargo hay momentos de gran altura lírica, de un dramatismo impresionante, especialmente en los temas "Nothing More", "The Sea" y "The Pond and The Stream".

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
  • radioacrata

    (Continuación) "Fotheringay 2" hace mayor hincapié en el apartado de la ejecución musical, que se puede decir que mejora en comparación con el primer trabajo. Entran algunos arreglos de vientos y teclados que proporcionan al sonido del grupo nuevos matices y texturas. La guitarra de Jerry Donahue adquiere mayor relevancia en el desarrollo y ejecución de los temas, con breves incursiones en la psicodelia a base de precisos y limpios punteos, con lo que el estilo en general se puede decir que acusa una cierta tendencia a la electrificación y a la dulcificación del sonido. Sandy sigue deleitando con su voz , que en momentos puntuales alcanza notas de elevada emoción y tensión. El álbum es algo más melódico que el primero, advirtiéndose influencias claras de estilos como el country, y alguna pequeña concesión de corte pop, pero todo ello bien enmarcado en el carácter british de temáticas folkies y tradicionales.

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
  • PP667


    5 Jan 2013 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    just love Sandy Denny's voice,melts the heart.

    25 Apr 2012 Reply
  • THXmille138

    orrendi lol

    16 Feb 2012 Reply
  • henkdo

    'New' live album Essen 1970.

    19 Dec 2011 Reply
  • falkmark

    The debut album by the swedish psych folk band Valla is out now ( Please visit for more info and some music.

    27 Jun 2010 Reply
  • right33

    the solution for this band was to have more sandy denny

    27 Jun 2010 Reply
  • fat_fleshy_fingers

    band wasnt as good as it could have been, banks of the nile tops all

    8 Apr 2010 Reply
  • snarddog

    I have the first album from when I was young, its all beat up from being played so much. I loved the track "Peace in the End". Played it over and over.

    2 Apr 2010 Reply
  • right33


    17 Nov 2009 Reply
  • zz-eon


    9 May 2009 Reply
  • exitplanetdust

    The new album is amazing!

    26 Dec 2008 Reply
  • vacantwinterday

    I'm curious... on Fotheringay 2, how many new songs feature Sandy?

    21 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Leuchtenburg1

    All the best song of the world,mother

    11 Oct 2008 Reply
  • foreverautumn

    Oh, Fotheringay 2. It's been a long time.

    29 Sep 2008 Reply
  • ihavesoldout

    Fotheringay’s shoutbox is empty.

    21 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Poor-Tom

    Sandy Denny

    16 Jun 2008 Reply
  • whitebicycle

    the sea showcases sandy's virtues as well as any of her work with fairport and beyond. lord i love this song.

    17 Nov 2007 Reply
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