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Bushes and Briars (Thistles and Thorns)

[Sandy Denny]

This song from Sandy’s solo album Sandy features a guitar obligato by Richard Thompson, although not in his usual style.

A live studio recording from 25 October 1972 for the BBC Radio 1 show “Sounds of the Seventies”, hosted by Bob Harris, was broadcast on 20 November 1972 and first published on the 1997 CD The BBC Sessions 1971-73. In 2004, it was included in the 5CD Fledg’ling Sandy Denny anthology A Boxful of Treasures and in 2007 on the 3CD+DVD set Live at the BBC. The BBC box set contains a further live recording from November 1972 for the BBC Radio 1 show “Sounds on Sunday”, hosted by Johnny Moran, and broadcast on 3 December 1972.

Cover Versions

  1. Iain Matthews with No Grey Faith on their album Secrets All Told (2000),
  2. Dave Pegg and PJ Wright on their album Galileo’s Apology (2007),
  3. Sam Carter on his albums Home Waters (2020) and Home Waters Live (2021)


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