From: Kathy Dunn [kathy.dunn_at_btopenworld_dot_com]
Sent: 19 April 2012 18:58
Subject: Fw: Fairport Convention News April 2012
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Fairport Convention News April 2012
After six concerts in Italy, Fairport returns to the UK for our Spring Tour.
We'll be playing two dozen gigs throughout May. It's a packed itinerary and
takes us up, down and across the land - from Perth and Glasgow to England's
south coast and from Norwich across to the west country. So wherever you live,
you should be in reach of one of the concerts.
If you missed us on our Winter Tour, the May outing gives you another chance
to join us for an evening's music. And if you caught us back in February or
March, pop along again as we always vary our repertoire on tours. This time
out we'll be playing a combination of the favourites you chose for 'By Popular
Request' as well as material from our most recent studio album 'Festival
Some of the Spring Tour gigs have sold out already and tickets are going like
hot cakes. So don't hang about - have a look on our gigs page, find your
nearest venue and book your tickets now.
Festival BellThanks to popular demand, we have had to do a re-press of
Festival Bell and will be selling copies on our Spring Tour along with our
two most recent releases, By Popular Request and Babbacombe Lee - Live Again.
Festival Bell is also available via our website.
Cropredy Warm-ups 2012
For our traditional Cropredy Warm-up concerts we return once again to Woodford
Halse Social Club on 6 & 7 August. Tickets are on sale from our website.
Fairport's Cropredy Convention Festival 2012
Tickets are selling well for this year's Cropredy festival so please book
early to avoid disappointment; we sold out in 2007 - our last anniversary year
and we don't want to have to turn anyone away! Tickets are available on our
THURSDAY 9 AUG 2012
Fairport Acoustic Convention
A warm welcome to the festival and a short opening set from our semi-acoustic
Award-winning Irish singer-songwriter Kieran was our special guest on the
2012 Fairport winter tour. One of Ireland's best-loved performers, Kieran has
several albums and a chart single to his credit.
Presenting the music of Bob Marley, this seven-piece band's irresistible
reggae groove will bring a touch of sunshine and get the crowd on its feet.
Folkrock orchestra Bellowhead put in such a storming performance when they
appeared at Cropredy a few years ago that you begged us to re-book them and we
are happy to oblige.
Springing from the late 1970s New Wave, Squeeze has remained one of the UK's
best-loved bands for over thirty years. Their style has been described as
'classic guitar pop meets post-punk realism'. Featuring the songwriting
partnership of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, Squeeze has a raft of chart
hits to its credit.
FRIDAY 10 AUGUST 2012
Ioscaid won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in February. This lively six-
piece group plays traditional Irish music with youthful verve and consumate
Ellen and the Escapades
This Leeds-based quintet blends folk, pop and rock into a distinctive and
appealing sound. Featuring Ellen's dusky vocals and well-crafted songs, the
band won Glastonbury's Emerging Talent Competition and played the 'BBC
Introducing' stages at Reading and Leeds Festivals.
Dead Flamingoes is a musical collaboration between Kami Thompson (daughter of
Richard and Linda Thompson) and James Walbourne. Their music mixes a little
country, some rock and roll and a lot of folk - "music simultaneously fresh as
milk and old as bones" as they put it themselves.
Hailing from the Scottish-English border, Tarras is a six-piece outfit playing
an exciting blend of self-penned songs and traditional material. The band's
timeless sound is fused with a contemporary style and delivery.
American sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell are renowned for tight harmonies,
strong instrumental performances and story-telling in song. With roots in
classical music, folk, and bluegrass, Larkin Poe's progressive acoustic sound
delights audiences wherever they play.
Award-winning chart-topping Saw Doctors is one of Ireland's best-loved musical
exports. Great songs played with breathtaking energy make Saw Doctors one of
the best live acts in the world.
Cropredy would hardly be Cropredy without former Fairport member Richard
Thompson, one of the most revered guitarists and singer-songwriters in the
Joan Armatrading, one of the first British female singer-songwriters to gain
international success, has never rested on her laurels. With numerous gold,
platinum and silver discs to her name, Joan's live stage show remains as
vibrant and exciting as ever.
SATURDAY 11 AUGUST 2012
Richard's crowd-pleasing Saturday opener has become a traditional feature of
Cropredy. Get yourself on the field and sing along.
Fairport founder-member Ashley Hutchings leads a spectacular celebration of
England's rich morris dancing tradition. Look out for surprise guest musicians
Brother & Bones
Drawing on elements of rock, folk and indie music, Brother & Bones combine
harmony vocals, ringing guitars and driving rhythms into a storming live show
which is powerful, uplifting and impeccably performed.
Another young band, five-piece Calan brings a fresh contemporary sound to
traditional Welsh music. Their set presents sparkling melodies and tunes and
features spirited Welsh step dancing. Calan will be joined on stage by their
producer, former Fairport member Maart Allcock.
Grammy-nominated post-punk Scottish rock band Big Country enjoyed a string of
hits and gold discs throughout the 1980s. Featuring founding members Bruce
Watson, Tony Butler and Mark Brzezicki joined by Jamie Watson and Mike Peters.
Anthemic songs and a powerful performance make them one of the best live acts
on the festival circuit.
Renowned as the former frontman of Dr Hook, Dennis returns to Cropredy to fill
the prestigious Saturday slot before Fairport take the stage. His set combines
great songwriting with a distinctive and passionate voice.
Fairport Convention and guests
As always, the festival will end with a spectacular three-hour set by Fairport
Convention and musical guests. This annual Cropredy set gives Fairport a
chance to really stretch its wings and roam far and wide through a repertoire
stretching back forty-five years.
See you there!
Simon, Peggy, Ric, Chris and Gerry.
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