For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

The Queen Of English Folk


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.

5 comments:

am said...

It's good to hear these stirring voices, solitary walker. Thank you.

Alistair said...

thanks for a lovely series of songs this week - wonderful listening to them each morning :)

The Weaver of Grass said...

Beautiful voice. I understand your feelings - there is a poignancy to her voice. I also remember meeting your sister once many years ago - so sad that she should die so young.

jay said...

I'd forgotten about Sandy Denny. I asked OH, who just gave me a potted history and told me he liked her best before she started singing the 'finger in the ear' stuff. I expect you know what he meant, whether you agree with him or not. :P

I have a thing for melancholic songs too, only I prefer men singing them.

backpack45 said...

Hi Robert,
I can see why you like Sandy Denny. Beautiful melancholy voice. Thanks for posting the sample.