The Sandy Denny Story

Celebrating the life and music of a lady who was at the heart of the birth of British folk rock

Last broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday 4th August, 2010

‘Hear Bob Harris celebrate the life and music of Sandy Denny, a singer and songwriter who was at the very heart of the birth of British folk rock. It was first broadcast in April 2008 and marked the 30th anniversary of her death.

The programme explores her early years, the two periods spent as a member of Fairport Convention, her solo work, the circumstances surrounding her death and the legacy of both her songs and recorded material.

The documentary contains exclusive interviews with Robert Plant, who talks about Sandy’s duet on Led Zeppelin’s The Battle Of Evermore, Dave Cousins of The Strawbs, Richard Thompson, Steeleye Span’s Maddy Prior, Fairport Convention members Dave Pegg and Simon Nicol, her recording engineer Jon Wood, Joe Boyd and Linde Nijland, a Dutch folk singer who recorded an album of Sandy’s songs. It also includes a BBC archive interview of Sandy herself, along with a wide selection of music from her Fairport Convention, Fotheringay and solo albums.’

Broadcasts:

Tue 22 Apr 2008 22:30 BBC Radio 2
Sat 18 Apr 2009 22:00 BBC Radio 2
Wed 4 Aug 2010 22:00 BBC Radio 2

‘This sensitive, contemplative biography should prompt thousands to go and listen to Denny’s exquisitely melancholic voice’. ‘Radio Times’.

The ballad of Sandy Denny: Return of the folk queen – The Independent

‘A new BBC documentary due to be broadcast tomorrow states the case for Denny, bringing together tributes from one-time collaborators and present-day admirers. Written, produced and presented by friend and former flatmate Bob Harris, Who Knows Where the Time Goes? – The Sandy Denny Story, charts the arc of her success from student singer to feted star. It explores the still- unexplained circumstances of her death, which followed a fall at a Cornish cottage at a time when she had been abandoned by her husband, Trevor Lucas, who had left for Australia with the couple’s baby, Georgia.’ The Independent

‘Who Knows Where The Time Goes’ has been awarded silver in the Music Special category.

The judges said: “This was a fascinating and touching portrait of Sandy Denny. A story well told through the unique and empathetic style of the presenter Bob Harris. A comprehensive and well-produced programme.”

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