Liege & Lief

All Our Days
Alex Campbell and His Friends
Sandy and Johnny
All Our Own Work
What We Did On Our Holidays
Liege & Lief
The North Star Grassman & The Ravens
Rock On
Like an Old Fashioned Waltz
Live Convention
Rising For The Moon
Who Knows Where The Time Goes Box Set
Heyday: BBC Radio Sessions, 1968-1969
Sandy and The Strawbs
The BBC Sessions 1971 - 73
Sandy @ The BBC 1971
Gold Dust - Live at the Royalty
No More Sad Refrains
A Boxful of Treasures
A Boxful of Treasures II
Who Knows Where The Time Goes?
Georgia On Our Minds
A Ride Through Norfolk
At The End Of The Day

December 1969

Most Influential Folk Album of All Time

The Masterpiece

The Liege & Lief line-up [click for larger image]

Ashley: "After the crash, we got together for a meeting and decided we'd carry on, bring in Dave Swarbrick on fiddle and audition for a new drummer. We'd opened a whole new can of worms with A Sailor's Life and we decided there and then to go wholeheartedly in that folk rock direction. So that was quite an auspicious meeting. We rented this big old Queen Anne house in a viilage named  Farley Chamberlayne, near Winchester and began work on Liege and Lief. Being in that house certainly helped form the music. We didn't dwell on the crash. There was a sense of adventure. It was uplifting. We were there for about 8 weeks. It was a very remarkable group. I'd say it's maturity was unmatched. Because we lived in that house all kinds of combinations were possible. And I wouldn't separate Sandy and Richard, everyone contributed to Liege and Lief sounding the way it did, Swarb, Mattacks...and Simon was such an important steadying influence. I remember it being a great shock to people when we appeared for that classic Royal Festival Hall concert where Nick Drake supported us and Dave played a solid electric fiddle for the first time and it blew people apart."

Recorded at Sound Techniques Studio,
October 16 - November 2, 1969
Engineer: John Wood,
Sound Techniques Ltd.
Producer: Joe Boyd,
Witchseason Productions Ltd.
with special thanks to the
English Folk Dance & Song Society at
Cecil Sharp House

Sandy Denny, vocals
Dave Mattacks, drums
Ashley Hutchings, bass guitar
 Simon Nicol, guitars
 Dave Swarbrick, violin and viola
Richard Thompson, guitars.

Georgia Lucas, Sandy Denny's daughter.
Georgia Lucas accepts the award for Most Influential Folk Album of All Time on behalf of her mother.

Liege & Lief 1969
Island ILPS 9115 LP, UK, December 1969

side 1

side 2

 *The Lark in the Morning;
*Rakish Paddy;
*Fox-Hunter's Jig;
*Toss the Feathers 4:00
All tracks Trad. arr. Fairport Convention
except Track 1 Sandy Denny / Ashley Hutchings
Track 4 Richard Thompson
Track 8 Richard Thompson /
Dave Swarbrick

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