Sandy Denny Biography

This fantastic new biography of Sandy Denny by Mick Houghton is released on 5th March by Faber and Faber.

unicornI’ve Always Kept a Unicorn tells the story of Sandy Denny, one of the greatest British singers of her time and the first female British singer-songwriter to produce a substantial and enduring body of original songs. Sandy emerged from the passionate, hard-drinking folk scene of the sixties – a world of larger-than-life characters such as Alex Campbell, Bert Jansch, Jackson C. Frank, Anne Briggs and her future husband, the Australian singer Trevor Lucas. She then laid down the marker for folk-rock when she joined Fairport Convention in 1968, recording three albums with them before her shock departure in November 1969 just ahead of the release of the last, the seminal Liege & Lief.

Sandy was also a founding member of Fotheringay and recorded a song with Led Zeppelin, ‘The Battle of Evermore’ becoming the only guest vocalist ever to record with the group before her tragic death in 1978 at the young age of just thirty-one, in circumstances still shrouded in hearsay and speculation.

A very well written and comprehensively researched book based on interviews with more than fifty of her friends, fellow musicians and contemporaries. Further details here.