Rising for the Moon

Infobox Album |
Name = Rising for the Moon
Type = studio
Artist = Fairport Convention

Released = June 1975
Recorded = September 1974 and February-March 1975 at Olympic Sound Studios, London
Genre = Rock
Length =
Label = UK: Island Records
Producer = Glyn Johns
Reviews =
Last album ="Fairport Live Convention"
This album = "Rising For The Moon"
Next album ="Tour Sampler"

"Rising for the Moon" is a Fairport Convention album. It reached number 52 in the UK albums charts. This was the last Fairport album to feature Sandy Denny. During this period the band was dubbed by fans - in a tongue-and-cheek manner - "Fotheringay Convention" and "Fotheringport Confusion", as the core of Fotheringay (Denny, her husband Trevor Lucas, and Jerry Donahue) joined the remaining members of the early '70's version of Fairport (Dave Pegg, Dave Mattacks and Dave Swarbrick) for this version of the band. Lucas, an Australian, and Donahue, an American, joined Pegg, Swarbrick, and drummer Dave Mattacks in 1973 for the recording of the album "Rosie". Denny traveled with the band while they toured in 1974 and began performing with them on stage. With a number of solid songs penned, they entered the studio for recording sessions. Although still firmly rooted in the folk-rock vein, producer Glyn Johns brought a more polished and pop influenced sound to the recording. Mattacks left midway through the sessions and was replaced by drummer Bruce Rowland. The band (especially Denny) pinned their hopes on "Rising For The Moon" to finally be their breakthrough album; unfortunately, that level of popularity never materialized and, after touring in support of the album, Denny left the band, followed shortly by Lucas and Donahue. Carrying on as Fairport Convention, Pegg, Swarbrick and Rowland recruited founding member Simon Nicol. "Rising For The Moon" remains one of the most consistent and strongest efforts from this venerable group.

Track listing

ide 1

#Rising for the Moon (Sandy Denny) - 4:07
#Restless (Trevor Lucas, Peter Roche) - 3:58
#White Dress (Dave Swarbrick) - 3:43
#Let It Go (Sandy Denny, Dave Swarbrick, Dave Pegg) - 2:00
#Stranger To Himself (Sandy Denny) - 2:50
#What Is True (Sandy Denny) - 3:33

=Side 2=
#Iron Lion (Trevor Lucas) - 3:27
#Dawn (Sandy Denny, Jerry Donahue) - 3:43
#After Halloween (Sandy Denny) - 3:38
#Night-Time Girl (Dave Swarbrick, Dave Pegg) - 2:55
#One More Chance (Sandy Denny) - 7:55

Bonus reissue tracks

#Tears (Trevor Lucas) - 4:09
#Rising for the MoonSandy Denny's original demo] (Sandy Denny) - 3:06
#Stranger to Himself (Sandy Denny) - 2:17
#One More Chance (Sandy Denny) - 3:46


*Sandy Denny: vocals, piano
*Trevor Lucas: vocals, rhythm guitar
*Dave Swarbrick: vocals, violin, mandolin, dulcimer
*Jerry Donahue: lead guitar
*Dave Pegg: bass, mandolin, backing vocals
*Dave Mattacks: drumsAdditional musicians:
*Bruce Rowlands: drums


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