Fotheringay was formed of "leftovers" from Fairport Convention, one of folk’s supergroups from the 1960s. The name Fotheringay is taken from the title of Denny’s first of her own songs she recorded with Fairport Convention. While all the members are considered commendable, Denny was considered Fairport’s beating heart. As an example of Denny’s tremendous talent, Dave Cousins, founder of another British folk group, The Strawbs, heard the then-18-year-old soloist sing once, and immediately asked her to join. The Strawbs went on to become “the most influential and long-lived of all British folk-rock bands,” according to the sleeve notes.
The sleeve notes are written by Denny expert Philip Ward, who has a book coming out in December titled Sandy Denny: Reflections on Her Music, which I hope to be able to review.