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More nostalgia – Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention is one of my all-time favourite bands. They still perform although their early album with Sandy Denny Liege and Lief remains my favourite. Denny died tragically in 1978 after skipping through a number of groups. Liege and Lief is monumental folk-rock music:

‘To rouse the spirit of the earth and move the rolling sky’.

Try: Come All Ye. The Deserter. Reynardine. Matty Groves. Tam Lin…… fantastic performances.

A beautiful later piece by Denny and this and this. Same incredible voice.

The rhythms of Tam Lin move me 40 years back through time – acrid, smoke-filled rooms, cheap, red wine and earnest discussions about the Vietnam War and conscription. But enjoying FC now in real time with a 1988 Balgownie EstateCabernet Savignon – made by the legendary vigneron Stuart Anderson. Great old wine with great music!

4 comments to More nostalgia – Fairport Convention

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations Harry they were a good band pretty good live as well.

    You should give Steeleye Span a listen if you haven’t already

  • hc

    Maddy Prior instead of Sandy Dennys. Intrigued, I’ll listen.

  • Macondo

    Harry, I can hardly believe we have this in common. I’ve only recently acquired the remastered double CD with a host of alternate takes and live versions – my fourth version of this epic recording. Next, you are going to say you are also a Richard Thompson fan. ‘I want to see the bright lights tonight’ with then wife Linda is every bit as brilliant as L and L, and there’s a vast back catalogue to discover if you haven’t already.
    By the way, the link in the first line of your post isn’t working.

  • davidp

    Sandy Denny’s singing works very nicely in a song on Led Zeppelin IV (great album to be a part of too)

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