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CANTERBURY: Gulbenkian with The Sandy Denny Project

July 2 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm


This is called “Folk In The Barn” which has a few different venues. This gig will take place at The Gulbenkian Arts Centre.

annA (vocals, piano, banjo and possibly other instruments) performs as part of The Sandy Denny Project.

annA rydeR, Sally Barker and Marion Fleetwood (IOTA) play with PJ Wright, Mark Stevens and Mat Davies as The Sandy Denny Project performing the Songs of Sandy Denny.

annA started her involvement with this band having performed with original band members Pat Donaldson and Gerry Conway together with Sally and PJ. After that, this current line-up formed.

Six phenomenal musicians bringing the music of iconic singer-songwriter Sandy Denny, former lead singer of Fairport Convention, to audiences far and wide.

BBC Radio Northampton, as part of National Music Day 2017, chose ex-Fotheringay MkII members Sally Barker (The Poozies, BBCTV’s “The Voice”) and guitarist PJ Wright (TradArrr, The Dylan Project) to celebrate the award of Sandy Denny’s Blue Plaque at Byfield Village Hall, Northants – the scene of her last-ever concert in 1978.

The following year Sally and PJ put together a “dream folk-rock lineup” to commemorate the passing of Byfield resident and Fairport Convention member Sandy, 40 years before, for a sell-out concert at the Village Hall – “Sandyfest” – an event repeated annually.

With the line-up of Sally, PJ, multi-instrumentalists Anna Ryder & Marion Fleetwood, and the rhythm section of bassist Mat Davies and drummer Mark Stevens, from now-defunct folk-rock legends Little Johnny England, the material is not copied but approached as a tribute in its best sense – a fresh interpretation of Sandy’s wonderful body of work.

With every year Sandy’s reputation grows in stature, both as a songwriter and an interpreter of traditional material, and the six musicians in the band who share an impressive folk-rock pedigree are each at the top of their game. In every sense a night to remember.

Here is what Folk In The Barn are saying about our band:

Celebrating Sandy’s genius with new shine and brilliance

A Homage to the Life and Works of one of Britain’s best loved Folk Singers. In the short span of 31 years Sandy Denny solidified her place as one of the most influential and best loved English folk rock Singer Songwriters of the last 50 years.

Melody Maker’s readers twice voted her the “Best British Female Singer”, in 1970 and 1971, and Uncut and Mojo have called Denny Britain’s finest female singer-songwriter. After briefly working with the Strawbs, Sandy joined Fairport Convention in 1968 and formed Fotheringay in 1970, also performing as a solo artist. Between 1971 and 1977, she released four solo albums, duetted with Robert Plant on “The Battle of Evermore” for Led Zeppelin IV and her composition “Who Knows Where the Time Goes?” has been recorded by many, among them Judy Collins, Eva Cassidy, Nina Simone, 10,000 Maniacs and Cat Power. Her recorded work has been the subject of numerous reissues, along with a wealth of previously unreleased material which has appeared over the more than 40 years since her death.

Fotheringay MkII members Sally Barker formerly of The Poozies, and BBC1’s “The Voice”, and guitarist PJ Wright of TradArrr and The Dylan Project, are joined by frequent Fairport Convention guest Anna Ryder, multi-instrumentalist Marion Fleetwood, and the rhythm section of bassist Mat Davies and drummer Mark Stevens from folk-rock legends Little Johnny England to form The Sandy Denny Project. Sandy Denny’s remarkable writing is approached not as a tribute band, slavishly copying the records, but as a tribute in its best sense – an interpretation of Sandy’s wonderful work.

With every year Sandy’s reputation continues to grow in stature as a songwriter and interpreter of traditional material, and the six musicians in the band who share an impressive folk-rock pedigree are each at the very top of their musical game.

A message from Georgie Rose Lucas, Sandy’s daughter

“These pioneers of folk bring a whole lot of professional awesomeness to the table with The Sandy Denny Project.

Covering some of my mum’s best work and doing an outstanding job of keeping her flame alive, these six highly talented musicians bring their creative musical powers together to celebrate Sandy’s genius with new shine and brilliance.”

Audience member at The Great British Folk Festival

“My Dad is a musician and in the folk scene and I am an artist. I was just so so soooo moved by your performance at Butlins Folk Festival I cried and my dad did too. It takes a lot to move our solid stone hearts. I think about it a lot all these months later and how you should be told that you shook us both just with your voice”


Gulbenkian Theatre
University of Kent
Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NB United Kingdom
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