Gig- Fairport Convention
Fairport Convention started as a college band in the bedroom of guitarist and lead singer Simon Nicol. They went on to pave an important path in UK pop history, becoming the driving force of the folk-rock movement. Remarkably, 39 years on, despite so many changes of personnel over this period that they once achieved the nickname Fairport Confusion, they are still going, and Nicol is still leading the band. Part of this is due to the fact they have continued to run their annual Fairport Cropredy Festival, which has been going since 1979, attracts up to 20,000 fans a year, and has become one of the cornerstones of the UK folk-rock calendar. Fairport Convention always headline the last night of the three-day festival; this year other performers included Steeleye Span, 10cc and Glen Tilbrook.
The highlight of each summer festival is likely to be the highlight of this gig, a rendition of the band’s iconic song ‘Meet on the Ledge’ from their second album ‘What We Did on Our Holidays’. This song was number 17 in Radio 2 listeners’ Top 100 Songs of All Time. BBC listeners have been loyal to the band: earlier this year they also voted their 1971 album Liege and Lief as the most influential folk album of all time. In 2002 Fairport were awarded a Radio 2 Folk Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. AG