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Friday, 24 April 2015

Who Knows Where The Time Goes

I think it was George who recently stated that about 20 or 30 years ago he could never have imagined listening to and enjoying the likes of Fairport Convention.
It is highly unlikely that he would have  listened  to Unhalfbricking and Liege and Leif when they came out in 1969 as he would have only been six at the time.
It is the type of music I suspect that you gradually grow into over time a bit like a comfy pair of slippers..
The two songs I have selected from The History of Fairport Convention are from this year when there was not one but two geniuses in their midst in the shape of Sandy Denny and Richard Thompson.

Sandy Denny's vocals on Who Knows Where The Time Goes are absolutely stunning and it is perhaps the most perfect and beautiful singing  performance ever.
In 2007 Radio 2 listeners voted this their Favourite Folk Song of All Time and they will get no argument from this quarter.
The version of the traditional song Matty Groves also contains Sandy's dulcet tones but also a powerful performance by the band with a virtuoso guitar performance by Richard Thompson.

Pure class.

Fairport Convention - Who Knows Where The Time Goes

Fairport Convention - Matty Groves


  1. I was going to conclude my 55 From 55 series with 'Who Knows Where The Time Goes', but, beleaguered by a stinking cold at the time, I completely forgot! You're dead right, this is music you grow deeper into with age. Simply wonderful.

  2. In complete agreement with your statement about Sandy Denny's beautiful vocals on 'Who Knows Where The Time Goes' - a song from a hugely underrated album.

  3. There is such a purity to Sandy Denny's voice, her vocal on Who Knows Where The Time Goes is just stunning.

  4. I'm very confident that I was not listening to Fairport Convention 46 years ago. I can also remember scoffing at the Fairport Convention thing at Cropredy for many years. But not in 1969.