Please contact the venue for ticket info
Contact the venue:
Please contact the venue to confirm event and admission details before travelling
Fairport's Cropredy Convention 2019: Fairport Convention, The Waterboys, Richard Thompson, Martin Simpson, Seth Lakeman, Martin Barre, Caravan, Zal Cleminson's Sin Dogs, Daphne's Flight, Richard Digance & more
See www.fairportconvention.com/ for further information.
Fairport Convention are often credited with being the first English electric folk band. Formed in April 1967, with Simon Nicol, Richard Thompson, Ashley Hutchings and Shaun Frater, Fairport rapidly developed from playing cover versions of American 'west coast' style music to an individual style which melded rock music with traditional English tunes and songs.
Bedevilled by numerous personnel changes they temporarily disbanded in 1979 but reformed in 1985. Since then, they have enjoyed stability and continue to tour and record regularly.
Fairport Convention hold a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and their
groundbreaking album Liege & Lief was voted 'Most Influential Folk Album Of All Time' by Radio 2 listeners.
Fairport Convention tour dates
With almost continual changes to their line-up since 1983, The Waterboys are still going strong under the leadership of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mike Scott, whose intense presence and lyrics are distinctive characteristics of the band.
The Waterboys tour dates
Former member of Fairport Convention and one of England's most respected singer/songwriters whose live performances are enjoyed across the world, and whose new material is on a par with the classics he wrote decades ago. Being described as 'the English Bob Dylan' is a fair comparison, only Richard is a good few years younger!
Richard Thompson tour dates
Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, Martin Simpson's interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving. His own song writing has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic Love Never Dies, to the profoundly moving Never Any Good. His career includes collaborations on stage and record with June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon and many more. Simpson is a very regular nominee in the BBC Folk Awards and received Musician of the Year in 2002 and 2005.
Martin Simpson tour dates
'The musical equivalent of the bodice-ripping blockbuster' - The Guardian. Seth's live show, as with everything else he does, takes the established folk orthodoxy and turns it on its head. The spirit of the rock band meets the timeless and heartfelt subject matter of the folk tale in a blur of fiddle, acoustic guitar and foot-stomping rhythms, with Seth's unmistakable vocals riding the wave.
Seth Lakeman tour dates
Martin Barre has been the guitarist of Jethro Tull for over 40 years, his sound and playing having been a major factor in their success. Martin’s guitar playing has earned him a high level of respect and recognition; he was voted 25th best solo ever in the USA and 20th best solo ever in the UK for his playing on 'Aqualung'. His playing on the album ‘Crest of a Knave’ earned him a Grammy award in 1988.
Martin Barre tour dates
Caravan are considered by many to be the undisputed, unsung heroes of the British Prog movement. Often quoted as being one of the most formidable acts to emerge from the '60s progressive rock scene, over the years they have managed to achieve cult status and have maintained a passionate and diehard following.
Originally formed in Canterbury in 1968, Caravan were at the heart of the 1970s burgeoning Canterbury rock movement, and produced their own brand of "superior pop music, full of taste, craftsmanship and hard work" (NME) and packed venues worldwide. The current Caravan line-up includes Pye Hastings (1968 founding member: guitar, lead vocals), Geoffrey Richardson (joined 1972: viola, guitar, flute, vocals), Jan Schelhaas (keyboards), Jim Leverton (bass, vocals) and Mark Walker (drums, percussion).
Caravan tour dates
Legendary ex The Sensational Alex Harvey Band guitarist Zal Cleminson returns with his new band, Sin Dogs.
Zal Cleminson's Sin Dogs tour dates
Daphne’s Flight are all contemporary songwriters who cross a huge range of topics and genres, blending folk, blues, jazz and pop whilst also dipping into new and vibrant arrangements of classic covers such as the Beach Boy’s God Only Knows and Elvis Costello’s Ship Building. All are woven together with striking harmonies and supported by a range of instrumentation and percussion.
An evening with Daphne’s Flight will be filled with energy, humour and passion.
Christine Collister (Gregson & Collister, The Richard Thompson Band)
Melanie Harrold (Harrold & Blanchflower, The Hank Wangford Band, Joanna Carline)
Julie Matthews (While & Matthews, St Agnes Fountain)
Helen Watson (Burden of Paradise, The Love Notes)
Chris While (While & Matthews, St Agnes Fountain, Chris & Kellie While)
Daphne's Flight tour dates
Richard Digance has supported such stars as Steve Martin, Robin Williams and played a guitar duet with Brian May of Queen. He is also a BAFTA nominated entertainer and received The Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters in 2003 and is featured in The Virgin Anthology of Songwriters. It's on stage Richard is most comfortable, giving two hours of original material with just a guitar, no support acts, no gimmicks, just one man with a treasure chest of stories collected over 40 years in the music and entertainment industry.
Richard Digance tour dates
Will Pound is one of the world’s top harmonica players and has taken the instrument to new places and new music with a style that is completely his own.
Will plays both diatonic and chromatic harmonicas and creates sounds not usually heard on this little instrument in styles varying from bluegrass, folk, jazz and Arabic to blues, rock, pop and funk.
Will was nominated BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician Of The Year 2012.
Will Pound tour dates
Eddy Jay is a real master of the accordion with the ability to turn it into an orchestra at his fingertips. A key player in the arrangement of the hit stage musical version of Noel Coward’s ‘Brief Encounter’ (Kneehigh Theatre) which toured US theatres including Studio 56 on Broadway and former member of Newfolks with Oliver Wilson-Dickson, Mabon, he is eclectic in both his performance and arrangements.
Eddy Jay tour dates
Wildwood Kin are an acclaimed anglo/americana trio from Exeter in Devon comprising of two sisters, Beth and Emillie Key and their cousin Meghann Loney. The music is a mix of their own beautiful and thought provoking original songs with a few stunning arrangements of some better known covers. Their voices meld perfectly in effortless and sublime close harmony and they accompany themselves on a range of acoustic instruments.
In 2015 the girls were shortlisted for a major BBC Radio Music Award and in 2016 their debut single Warrior Daughter spent several weeks on the Radio 2 playlist. Their tracks have notched several million streams on Spotify.
They also feature on every track on Seth Lakeman's top 2016 top 20 album “Ballads of the Broken Few” produced by the legendary Ethan Johns.
They headlined the BBC Introducing stage at Somersault festival and played numerous festivals including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and Beautiful Days as well as a headline tour in the Alps. They have toured extensively and supported Texan band “The Oh Hellos” and UK Folk Legend “Seth Lakeman” and started 2017 at Celtic Connections in Scotland.
Wildwood Kin tour dates
Tide Lines are a four piece band from Scotland who are heavily influenced by the traditional music of the West Highlands and Islands, but whose highly eclectic sound is driven by acoustic and electric guitars, with drums and keyboards.
Tide Lines tour dates