Why is it I have this thing about female singers singing melancholic songs? I don't know, but I do. And here's another one - the incomparable, late great Sandy Denny. (Of course she was part of the seminal folk rock band Fairport Convention - along with Richard Thompson. It's a small and connected world, the English folk world.) Sandy died tragically early, aged 31 - most probably from a brain haemorrhage caused by a tumour (my own sister and only sibling died in the same way - at the equally young age of 29). If, for me, Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul, Emmylou Harris the Queen of Country, and Odetta Queen of the Blues, Sandy Denny is indisputedly the Queen of English Folk. I find her voice almost unbearably poignant and moving.