Fotheringay Biography

The folk rock group Fotheringay was formed in 1970 by singer Sandy Denny (Alexandra Elene MacLean Denny, 6 January 1947, Wimbledon, London, England, d. 21 April 1978, London, England) upon her departure from Fairport Convention, and drew its name from one of her compositions for that outfit. Two former members of Eclection, Trevor Lucas (b. 25 December 1943, Bungaree, Victoria, Australia, d. 4 February 1989, Sydney, Australia; guitar/vocals) and Gerry Conway (b. 11 September 1947, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, England; drums), and two former members of Poet And The One Man Band, Jerry Donahue (b. 24 September 1946, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA; guitar) and Pat Donaldson (b. 1943, England; bass), completed the line-up responsible for the quintet’s lone album. This impressive, folk-based set included several superior Denny originals, notably ‘Nothing More’, ‘The Sea’ and ‘The Pond And The Stream’, as well as meticulous readings of Gordon Lightfoot’s ‘The Way I Feel’ and Bob Dylan’s ‘Too Much Of Nothing’. Although criticized contemporaneously as constrained, Fotheringay is now rightly viewed as a confident, accomplished work. However, the album failed to match commercial expectations and pressures on Denny to undertake a solo career - she was voted Britain’s number 1 singer in Melody Maker’s 1970 poll - increased. Fotheringay was disbanded in 1971 during sessions for a projected second set. Some of its songs surfaced on the vocalist’s debut album, The Northstar Grassman and whereas Donaldson and Conway began session work, Lucas and Donahue resurfaced in Fairport Convention.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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