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Fairport Convention at the Union Chapel for the annual concert.

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Wednesday, 23rd February 2011 – David Franchi


How would you feel if you will be in front of an icon of the history of the music? It’s exactly what happens to you at a Fairport Convention concert. It was a much applauded performance at the Union Chapel in Highbury, London, last 19th February 2011, the London date in their Winter Tour 2011. Fairport Convention has been one of the most innovative and influential British bands of the late 1960s and 1970s and are still recording and touring today.

Recently they have been also awarded for the Cropredy Festival. The 2011 is a busy year for the group. A new album just released last January, the usual Winter Tour plenty of dates and sold out, and the just received TPi award for the Cropredy Festival. Folk rock legends Fairport Convention started their 2011 Winter Tour on Friday 28 January. This will be the band’s twenty-seventh consecutive Winter Tour and includes 32 venues throughout England and Wales. The tour started in Tewkesbury and will be finished on the next 5th March in Birmingham. The Union Chapel concert was opened by ‘Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts’ a duo that has been smashing audiences across the UK. At their second album ‘Katriona & Jamie’ have their own peculiar sound prop up by a lap- tapping guitar and fiddle scorching techniques. Fairport Convention called them back on stage to play all together the closing piece of the concert. The Fairport Convention gig included brand new songs from their last album “Festival Bell”. Released to coincide with the 2011 tour, “Festival Bell” is the first new Fairport Convention studio album for four years. The Winter Tour 2011 concerts are split in two parts.

Pic by Ben NicholsonThe first one celebrates the fortieth anniversary of “Babbacombe Lee”, the band’s critically acclaimed 1971 folk rock opera that is played in its whole. This album was telling the captivating true story of John ‘Babbacombe’ Lee, a Victorian criminal who was reprieved after three failed attempts to hang him. The second part, it’s mostly a selection from the new album fourteen tracks (which include compositions by members of the band, two songs by renowned singer-songwriter Ralph McTell and a reworking of the Sandy Denny classic ‘Rising for the Moon’). “We’re really looking forward to getting on the road again”, says Simon Nicol, Fairport founder-member. “This year, our Winter Tour concerts will be rather different – not only have we got a whole album’s worth of new material to choose from but this will be the first time we’ve played the whole of ‘Babbacombe Lee’ since the 1970s.” Other great satisfaction arrives to Fairport Convention for hosting their most acclaimed Cropredy Festival that recently has won the desirable TPi industry award staged in London on the evening of the 7th February 2011. Cropredy Festival director Gareth Williams collected the coveted Editor’s Award on behalf of Fairport Convention. Gareth Williams says: “Fairport’s festival at Cropredy has been staged for over 30 years and for much of that time has remained relatively unnoticed by the music industry. Or so we thought. We are all truly touched by this recognition by our peers in the industry and we want to thank Mark Cunningham for the accolade of the TPi Editor’s Award.”

FairportFairport Convention members could not attend the TPi Awards because currently on tour. However, they were able to thank the 1,000 guests at the awards ceremony by video on the event’s big screen. Dave Pegg said: “Cropredy is the highlight of our year so it’s an honour and a delight for us to get this award. I’d like to thank all the festival staff down the years, Gareth Williams who’s holding the fort for us tonight, Simon Nicol, the rest of the band and all the loyal fans who come every year and make the event such a success.

Thank you all.” The annual Total Production International Awards event has, since 2002, become regarded throughout the world as the premier networking event for the live production industry. It honours not only the Live Production Of The Year, but also some of the most talented sound engineers, lighting and show designers, video creatives and tour/production managers to name but a few. Fairport Convention formed in 1967.

Their influential album ‘Liege and Lief’ (1969) is generally considered to have launched the electric folk or English folk rock movement, helping in awaken much wider interest in traditional music. Since 1979 they have hosted the Cropredy Festival, which is the largest such annual event in England. Located adjacent to Cropredy village, five miles north of Banbury, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention Festival presents three days of rock, pop and acoustic music in Oxfordshire countryside. Individually and collectively the members of Fairport Conventionhave received numerous awards recognizing their contribution to music and culture. The current line -up is: Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, Ric Sanders, Chris Leslie, and Gerry Conway.

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February 23, 2011 at 8:23 pm

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