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Don't Stop Singing

Sandy Denny & Thea Gilmore

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Album Review

Widely regarded as one of the most important folk-rock singers of her generation, former Fairport Convention vocalist Sandy Denny's solo back catalog appeared destined to consist of just four studio albums following her untimely death from a brain hemorrhage at the age of 31. However, due to the discovery of 20 sets of unrecorded lyrics by writer/artist Phil Smee (who was granted access to a treasure trove of manuscripts and notebooks for a BBC box set), her small but influential canon of work has now been unexpectedly added to 33 years on. Issued with the responsibility of setting her highly personal words to music is British singer/songwriter Thea Gilmore, a longtime admirer who has often been compared to the late troubled star, and as evident on 2004 covers album Loft Music and her recent track-by-track interpretation of Bob Dylan's John Wesley Harding, has plenty of experience performing other artists' work. It's an inspired matchup. Assisted by regular producer Nigel Stonier, Gilmore avoids the temptation to plant the poetic lyrics into a contemporary setting and instead serves up ten timeless folk-rock arrangements that could well have been composed by Denny herself. The heartbreaking balladry of "Song No. 4" ("I'm in such a terrible state/And my country's just like me") and the eerie chamber folk of "Pain in My Heart" superbly reflect Denny's apparent demon-battling frame of mind; "Georgia" is a beautifully poignant lullaby to the daughter she would tragically never get to know; while the lushly orchestrated opener "Glistening Bay," the rousing country swing of the title track, and the upbeat Celtic-tinged ode to homesickness, "London," would all have comfortably fit onto her 1977 swan song, Rendezvous. Far from tainting Denny's legacy, Don't Stop Singing is a unique and affectionate eulogy that helps to build upon it even further. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews

A natural choice

For SD fans this album is a natural choice, beautiful songs, for anyone who appreciates great musicianship this is a natural choice, and if you love a beautiful voice this album is a natural choice. To coin a phrase a 'match made in heaven', Ms Gilmore's voice and interpretations make this album such an enjoyable listen and a must-have for anyone's music collection - As ever, TG never fails to please!

A perfect match

The beautiful words of the songs show that Sandy Denny had a lot more things let to say and it's really good that these ten have been found. Thea Gilmore's music is all her own, but you can also imagine Sandy singing these tunes.

The words and music are a perfect match and Thea has re-visited the spirit of Sandy so very well.

Highly recommended.

Superb

Stumbled on this album during a late night foray into the Itunes catologue, been a long time fan of SD when i was a youngish lad when "listen listen" made me shiver and i discovered her distinct voice, i was somewhat dismayed when i read these wernt actual lost/found recording of miss Denny, but that was soon dispelled having listened to the first three tracks in preview i clicked the "buy" button to coin a cliche it was almost like she was in the room, Thea's voice conveys all the feeling i used to get from listening to SD, the arrangements spot on and if she ever reads these reviews all i can say is thank you.

would i recommend anyone else to buy it?

without a doubt

Biography

Born: 06 January 1947 in Wimbledon, London, England

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Maddy Prior, Jacqui McShee, and June Tabor all give her a run for her money, but the late Sandy Denny remains the pre-eminent British folk-rock singer. In addition to recording several albums of her own, Denny was an integral force behind the best work of the most respected British folk-rock band of all, Fairport Convention, and also contributed mightily to recordings by the Strawbs and Fotheringay. It's impossible for words to fully evoke the haunting, spectral presence...
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  • £5.99
  • Genres: Singer/Songwriter, Music, Rock
  • Released: 04 November 2011

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