What We Did on Our Holidays
is the second album release by the band Fairport Convention
and was the first to feature Sandy Denny
, whose "haunting, ethereal vocals gave Fairport a big boost", according to Allmusic
's reviewer. The album also showed a move towards the folk rock
for which they became noted, including tracks later to become perennial favourites such as "Fotheringay" and the song traditionally used to close live concerts, "Meet on the Ledge".
Following the departure of Judy Dyble
, the band conducted auditions for a replacement singer, and Sandy Denny
became the obvious choice. Simon Nicol
has said "it was a one horse race really...she stood out like a clean glass in a sink full of dirty dishes".
The album has been described by author Richie Unterberger
as "a near-ideal balance between imaginative reworkings of traditional folk songs ... quality covers of contemporary folk-rock singer-songwriters, some quite obscure ... and original folk-rock material by various members". Simon Nicol
has cited the album as his favourite.
The cover features a sketch of the band performing, described in the album credits as "from a blackboard assaulted by Fairport Convention" and the reverse of the original sleeve a photograph of the band... Read More