As unreleased music enters the public domain...

The closing weeks of 1969 saw Fairport Convention ready a radical new album for release.

'Liege & Leaf' re-wrote the folk songbook, with the band blending the British tradition with the emerging counter-culture.

Sandy Denny, though, was already dis-satisfied. Feeling that her blossoming songwriting talent was being unfairly restrained by the band's reliance on traditional material, she decided to leave and form her own group.

Fotheringay emerged swiftly. Practise sessions took place in the opening days of 1970, and – with Sandy's star status assured – they quickly became the talk of the music press.

Releasing their sole, self-titled album later that year, the band seemed to be destined for great things.

Yet again, though, the singer's quicksilver creative urges re-asserted themselves. Going solo, Fortheringay were left as a tantalising memory, a hint of what might have been.

Released on March 30th (pre-order LINK), 'Fotheringay: The Collected Fotheringay' unites the band's established catalogue with recently unearthed material.

Spread across three discs, the gems include never-before-seen footage from a performance on Germany's Beat Club. Alongside this, Clash is able to unveil a host of imagery from the Fotheringay catalogue.

Featuring the group – including Sandy Denny's husband, Trevor Lucas – in press shots, tour ads and more, it's an insight into the dynamic which pushed them to such great heights.

Check them out now.

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'Fotheringay: The Collected Fotheringay' is due to be released on March 30th - ORDER LINK.

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