Tag Archives: Fairport Convention

Quick plays: PILGRIMS’ WAY, RICHARD THOMPSON

PILGRIMS

PILGRIMS’ WAY Stand & Deliver [Release date 20.10.1] Pilgrims’ Way are a four piece folk band, although they take folk as their starting point and add in pop, West End showmanship and more into their musical pot. This album as … Continue reading

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Gig review: CROPREDY, Oxfordshire, 10-12 August 2017

Fairport Convention - Cropredy, 13-15 August 2015

Fairport Convention’s festival at Cropredy has been an annual fixture for almost four decades now but the big celebration this year was marking the fiftieth anniversary of the band’s formation. In the eight years since I have been going it … Continue reading

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Gig review: FAIRPORT CONVENTION – Union Chapel, London, 27 May 2017

Fairport Convention - Cropredy, 13-15 August 2015

Folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention have never been a band to shy away from celebrating their own legacy. When they decided to split in 1979 they held a big outdoor farewell gig in Cropredy, Oxfordshire that proved so successful they decided … Continue reading

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Album review: BIG BIG TRAIN – Grimspound

BIG BIG TRAIN - Grimspound

English Electric Recordings [Release date 28.04.17] www.bigbigtrain.com Following hot on the heels of last year’s excellent ‘Folklore’ album Big Big Train are back with another album featuring tales of national heroes, the countryside and family dramas. This album also sees … Continue reading

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Gig review: CROPREDY – Oxfordshire, 13-15 August 2015

Cropredy - Oxfordshire, 13-15 August 2015

My 21st consecutive year attending the festival and the event is so much more than the music.  Kids, once clinging to parents midway up the field, are now grown up and dancing at the front. Last year the festival had … Continue reading

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Gig review: FOTHERINGAY – Under The Bridge, London, 19 June 2015

FOTHERINGAY - Under The Bridge, London, 19 June 2015

The re-ascendancy of folk rock continues apace and unsurprisingly its antecedents are dusted down, peered at, prodded.  Most are faded, without light since the glory days of the early 70′s, some weathered but kicking hard at the traces. Scratch the … Continue reading

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News: LONELY ROBOT, FAIRPORT CONVENTION, LEAVE’S EYES – Thursday 19 March 2015

Lonely Robot

Lonely Robot, aka John Mitchell (It Bites/Arena), will record a new album later this year for release early next year. Leave’s Eyes have signed with AFM Records and release their new album later this year. Mr Big release a box … Continue reading

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News: THE POODLES, CROPREDY, WATCHET FESTIVAL – Tuesday 27 January 2015

Fairport Convention, Cropredy - 9 August 2014

The Poodles release their new album, ‘Devil In The Details’, in Japan in late March. No other release dates as yet. A new Starbreaker (Tony Harnell & Magnus Karlsson) album is due next year on Frontiers. More information Listen in … Continue reading

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Gig review: CROPREDY, 7-9 August 2014 featuring STEVE HACKETT, MARILLION & FAIRPORT CONVENTION

Cropredy - 7 August 2014

It’s that time of year again when the time village of Cropredy opens its fields in preparation for the little party that Fairport Convention throws every year. Some 38 years ago they decided to have a shindig with 750 people … Continue reading

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Album review: RICHARD THOMPSON – Acoustic Classics

Richard Thompson - Acoustic Classics

Beeswing/Proper Records [Release date 21.07.14] Amazingly this is the first acoustic release (excluding live recordings) in over thirty years. This collection of his most famous songs newly recorded in acoustic form provides the perfect accompaniment to his solo acoustic shows. … Continue reading

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Album review: FAIRPORT CONVENTION – Moat On The Ledge

Fairport Convention - Moat On The Ledge

Eagle Rock [Released 24.03.14] Another good value 3-in-1 CD box set from Eagle Records that gathers together two live albums from Fairport Convention (who have had a lot of live albums released through the years!) and the band’s ‘XXXV’ studio … Continue reading

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Gig review: CROPREDY, 8-10 August 2013

Cropredy 2013

34 years ago, an English electric folk band played what was intended to be there final show in a field in Cropredy village, Oxfordshire. However, as the saying goes,  ‘best laid plans’,  a reunion tour was announced shortly after and … Continue reading

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Album Reviews: DODSON & FOGG – Dodson & Fogg,Derring Do,Sounds Of Day And Night

Dodson & Fogg

Wisdom Twins Records  [Released 2012/2013] wisdomtwinsbooks.weebly.com/dodson-and-fogg.html Despite having a name that sounds like an engineering firm making flanges for the automotive industry, Dodson & Fogg are essentially one person. His name is Chris Wade – a multi-instrumentalist par excellence who … Continue reading

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Album review: CHRIS WHILE AND JULIE MATTHEWS – Infinite Sky

Fat Cat Records [Release date 04.02.13] Chris While and Julie Matthews have been a musical partnership for 20 years, both as members of The Albion Band and as a multi instrumental duo. Julie has made her name as an award … Continue reading

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RICHARD THOMPSON – Electric

Proper Records (Released 11th February) http://proper-records.co.uk/richardthompson-electric/         Thompson returns with a new album and as the title suggests it is one of his electric albums. Recorded in Nashville with guitarist Buddy Miller producing (and playing), Thompson is … Continue reading

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RICHARD THOMPSON new album & UK tour

RICHARD THOMPSON ELECTRIC BRAND NEW ALBUM ARRIVES FEBRUARY 11th 2013 FULL UK TOUR IN FEBRUARY 2013 Declared by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 20 Guitarists Of All Time and considered one of the UK’s most outstanding songwriters, musician … Continue reading

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If You Like Led Zeppelin… by Dave Thompson

If You Like Led Zeppelin… by Dave Thompson Backbeat Books www.backbeatbooks.com Another in the series of ‘If You Like…’ which takes a big name band and then suggests other music, books and films you may like based on the artist … Continue reading

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SANDY DENNY – Rendezvous

Universal (2 CD) 2012 This is Sandy Denny’s fourth solo album (and sadly the last she recorded before her untimely death in 1978 aged just 31) originally released back in 1977 on the Island label. This two CD re-issue is … Continue reading

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NEW DELUXE EDITIONS OF SANDY DENNY’S CLASSIC ISLAND RECORDINGS

On May 21st 2012, Universal is set to release the last three solo albums which Sandy Denny recorded for Island Records during her lifetime. The release coincides with a special tribute tour – “The Lady: A Homage to Sandy Denny” … Continue reading

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