In this post, so far as words go, we bid a sad farewell to Fotheringay, dealing as we do with the last two tracks on the CD.
Track 10, the penultimate track, at 7.38 minutes is the longest on the CD. It is sung solo by Trevor Lucas, and therefore does not feature on CD 5 of the 19 CD Box Set. This is the mighty epic “Bold Jack Donahue”, a traditional song with a superb narrative lyric and a powerful melody, belted out by Trevor Lucas in his inimitable manner; a most worthy song indeed.
The CD ends with Track 11, “Two Weeks Last Summer”, which lasts 3.51 minutes and is on CD 5 of the Box Set. It is written by Dave Cousins of the Strawbs, and it might be remembered from a much earlier post that Sandy Denny was in that band for a few months immediately prior to her joining Fairport Convention in 1968. It might also be similarly recalled that this was the other of the two bonus tracks on the extended “Fotheringay” CD.
It is an unusual, shimmering song, accompanied throughout by a repeated 4 bar tune on an acoustic guitar. It is almost a Sandy Denny solo, with very little in the way of backing vocals. She is in spledid form here, but singing in a uniquely languid and laid back manner. It is a very fitting cadence to this astonishing and poignant CD.
I propose to finish Fotheringay with one or two photos from CD 5, which is the “Fotheringay” disc in the 19 CD Box Set.
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