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Rising for the Moon

[Sandy Denny]

After Sandy returned officially to Fairport in 1974, she provided the title track for her first new album with the band. Rising for the Moon.

  1. This Rising for the Moon studio recording with Dave Mattacks playing drums was later included in the double CD compilation Meet on the Ledge: The Classic Years 1967-1975, on the collection Fiddlestix - The Best of Fairport 1972-1984, on the Dave Swarbrick anthology Swarb!, and on the Sandy Denny anthology A Boxful of Treasures.
  2. The original demo for this song was recorded at home in Byfield in Summer 1974 and features piano and a metronome. It was released on the cassette Together Again - The Attic Tracks Vol. 4, on The Attic Tracks CD and on the bonus CD of the Fledg’ling Sandy Denny anthology A Boxful of Treasures.
  3. Fairport Convention’s Ebbets Field, Denver, live recording from May 1974 on Before the Moon is the first published public performance of this song.
  4. A BBC radio version, recorded on 17 July 1974, was released in 1992 on the semi-bootleg From Past Archives and was finally officially available in 2002 on the Fairport unConventioNal 4CD set.
  5. A live recording probably from 31 October 1975 at Brunel University, Uxbridge is on the CD Who Knows? The Woodworm Archives Vol. 1.

Cover Versions

  1. Fairport Convention live at Cropredy 1983 on the cassette The Boot - 1983 Fairport Reunion (1984)
  2. The Dutch band Hillock on their cassette Cross-Eyed Fantasy (MC 312/88; 1988)
  3. Dan Ar Braz on his album “Songs” (1990)
  4. John Wright on his album Ride the Rolling Sky (1993)
  5. Vikki Clayton on her album It Suits Me Well (1994)
  6. Iain Matthews with No Grey Faith on their album Secrets All Told (2000)
  7. Turid Pedersen with her Norwegian translation Våkne Til Lys on Ensomhet i lag (2000)
  8. Linde Nijland & Bert Ridderbos on their DVD A Musical Journey on the Road to Bhutan (2010)
  9. Fairport Convention on their album Festival Bell (2011)


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