In association with L2F – Lichfield Festival of Folk
British Folk-Rock group Julie July Band has built a substantial reputation on re-interpretations of Sandy Denny’s songs and play a heartfelt tribute to the great singer-songwriter. In her brief Career Denny left a legacy of beautiful, haunting original and traditional compositions. Richard Thompson called her ‘The Greatest artist of her generation”. Melody maker readers twice voted her ‘Best British Female Singer” in 1970 and 1971. Her most famous song “Who Knows Where the Time Goes?”, was voted favourite folk-track of all time by listeners of BBC Radio 2
The Songs of Sandy Denny Tour 2021 features new songs to the repertoire from the 1970 album Fotheringay; Pond and the Stream, Nothing More, The Sea, The Way I Feel, Winter Winds, Late November, Gypsy Davey, plus some old favourites. The band will also include tracks from their own self-penned Album ‘Lady of the First Light’ Inspired by Sandy’s work and the more expansive folk, rock and blues movements of the Sixties and Seventies. British Folk-Rock at its best!
Julie July Band is:
Julie July on Vocals: Julie fell in love with and started playing the romantic and haunting songs of Sandy Denny in 1996 and 25 years later she is performing her songs at festivals and theatres around the country.
John Brunsdon on lead Guitarist: John has been playing guitar since his teens, influenced initially by the fingerstyle guitar of Mark Knopfler, and later by country, folk and blues greats such as Richard Thompson, Jerry Donahue, Jimi Hendrix, Albert Lee, Brent Mason and Chet Atkins, John has played in a variety of bands performing both his own material and covers.
Barry William plays acoustic Guitarist: singer-songwriter Bas is returning to the band he co-founded with Julie to provide acoustic/rhythm guitar along with additional vocals and harmonies.
Mick Candler on Drums: Mick began playing drums in the local beat groups of his home city of York in the early 1960’s, supporting leading music luminaries Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, Jimmy Cliff and Procol Harum before giving up the day job to join Roll Movement, a four piece group led by Cliff Wade who later became a composer of hit songs for Tina Turner and Pat Benatar.
Dik Cadbury on Bass Guitar: Dik has recorded two solo albums: ‘About Time’ and ‘Winds of Change’ plus a duo album ‘C-H’ (Cadbury-Hicks) with former Hackett vocalist Pete Hicks.
Carol Lee Sampson – keyboards: Jersey born Carol is a recent addition to the band, bringing melodic keyboards & backing vocals into the mix. Carol also had the privilege of featuring vocally on Gordon Giltrap’s ‘Peace Will Fall’ album.
“Julie July and her band have delivered a first-rate collection of contemporary Folk Rock music. Quality songs, superb vocals and forthright lyrics delivered with skill, technique and conviction. Perfectly conceived, recorded and superbly realised – this is proof that she is one of the brightest talents in the UK right now.”
John O’Regan, Journalist & Broadcaster – fRoots, Living Tradition, LCCR.