The Frog turns folk!
In September, we were approached by the Elizabeth Hurtt, who manages the estate of the late Sandy Denny, to revitalise the website for the artist that is described as “Britain’s pre-eminent folk singer”, and we had to do it before the upcoming release of the new ‘Notes & Collections’ pack on 29th October.
A very tight schedule, but we did it. Sandy’s new website went live yesterday as planned and it’s described as a ‘wealth of resources for any fan of Sandy, The Fairport Convention and a mass of collaborative efforts including Led Zeppelin, The Who, Steve Winwood and others.
Elizabeth needed a site that was easily manageable as the amount of media and archives continue to grow with every new release and re-release. We took the existing site data and reorganised it in a way that presented the information to the user in a much more logical way, offering them a more pleasant and linear user journey through the site.
With so many solo, group and collaborative releases, each one needed to be easily reached and for the hardcore fans, gathering the information on each needed to be done with minimal effort. There are further developments that we are still working on to add more resources to the site which we will be doing over the coming weeks which include a comprehensive list of searchable song lyrics.
Sandy is considered a founder of the British folk rock movement and perhaps its most important female singer, songwriter and personality. Over a brief career spanning just thirteen years, she left an extensive legacy. She is remembered for her pivotal involvement with the British folk rock scene, where, as a member of Fairport Convention, she moved the band away from west coast American cover versions and into performing traditional material and original compositions.
Sandy is also remembered as a composer, most notably on her solo albums which represent her claim to be Britain’s finest female singer-songwriter. Her composition, “Who Knows Where the Time Goes”, is now regarded as a classic and has been recorded by artists as diverse as Judy Collins, Nina Simone and Cat Power. Famous also for her exceptional voice, it has been suggested that her effortless and smooth vocal delivery still sets the standard for many of today’s female folk-based singers. She is also noted for her duet with Robert Plant on the song “The Battle of Evermore” from Led Zeppelin’s fourth album released in 1971. She remains to this day the only guest vocalist on a Led Zeppelin album.
Elizabeth is very pleased with the quick turnaround and the final result. Check out Sandy Denny’s new official website here.