FAIRPORT CONVENTION


Artist


FOLK

Fairport Convention is a legendary folk rock band who gave birth to the British Folk Rock (or ‘electric folk’) genre and produced arguably the most influential Folk album of all time: Liege & Lief. In the 1970s several Fairport Convention albums reached the top 20 UK and US album charts and the band toured extensively, planting folk rock firmly into the British conscience. Tragically these periods of productivity were punctuated by two untimely deaths of band members Martin Lamble and Sandy Denny at the prime of their youth. Fairport has had many lineup changes in 4 decades of performing and writing and by 1974 there were no founding members remaining in the group.

The band decided to disband in 1979 with a farewell gig in the Oxfordshire village Cropredy where bassist Dave Pegg lives. The band have held annual reunions at Cropredy ever since which has developed into The Cropredy Festival. Cropredy performances by Fairport have been recorded and released on Woodworm Records which was founded by Dave and Christine Pegg as a means of sustaining the band. Band members explored other projects during this period with Dave Pegg working with Jethro Tull.

In 1985 bassist Dave Pegg, guitarists Simon Nicol and Richard Thompson and drummer Dave Mattacks reunited and recruited the jazz and folk violinist Ric Sanders of Soft Machine and multi instrumentalist Maartin Allcock to record a new album. This lineup lasted for eleven years!  Since their last lineup change in 1998 Fairport continue to record, tour and host the wonderful award-winning Cropredy Festival and in 2002 they were presented with a BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2004 The Matty Grooves label was started by the band and they have released at least one album a year on the label ever since.  The current line-up of Simon Nicol (lead vocal, rhythm and electric guitars), Dave Pegg (backing vocals, bass guitar, mandolin), Ric Sanders (violin), Chris Leslie (lead vocal, fiddle, bouzouki, mandolin) and Gerry Conway (percussion and drums) still packs venues on its frequent tours. Each year starts with Fairport covering the length and breadth of Britain on its Winter Tour. In August, the band stages Fairport's Cropredy Convention music festival in Oxfordshire. Most years, there is a tour in the USA and Canada and UK tours by the Fairport Acoustic line-up and by spin-off band The Dylan Project. In their own words: "Fairport did for real ale what the Grateful Dead did for LSD".
 

DISCOGRAPHY

ALBUMS

Title: Farewell, Farewell (2-LP - 180gram Vinyl)
Label: Westbury Music
Release date: 08.2002

Title: Songs For Educational Purposes (Cassette Only Issue)
Label: Westbury Music
Release date: 08.1998

Title: Who Knows Where The Time Goes?
Label: Westbury Music
Release date: 03.1998

Title: Jewel In The Crown (Promo Cassette)
Label: Westbury Music
Release date: 12.1994

Title: The Five Seasons
Label: Westbury Music
Release date: 12.1990

Title: N. 18 De Il Rock - De Agostini (Cassette Issue)
Label: Westbury Music
Release date: 1989

Title: Red & Gold
Label: Westbury Music
Release date: 10.1988

Title: The Third Leg (2-Cassette Only issue in Library Case) - USA Issue has five extra tracks
Label: Westbury Music
Release date: 08.1988

Title: The Third Leg (2-Cassette Only issue in Library Case) - UK Issue
Label: Westbury Music
Release date: 05.1988

Title: In Real Time
Label: Westbury Music
Release date: 12.1987

SINGLES

Title: Adieu Adieu / General Taylor / The Last Waltz / Jack O Rion / Lady Of Pleasure - 1980s (Poland)
Label: Westbury Music

Title: (12" single) Meet On The Ledge / John Barleycorn / Sigh Beg Sigh Mor
Label: Westbury Music
Release date: 05.1987

Title: Meet On The Ledge / Sigh Beg Sigh Mor
Label: Westbury Music
Release date: 05.1987

Title: Quazi-Be-Goode / Where Would You Rather Be Tonight?
Label: Westbury Music
Release date: 08.1986

Title: Rubber Band / The Bonny Black Hare
Label: Westbury Music
Release date: 03.1980

Title: Jams O Donnells Jig / The Last Waltz
Label: Westbury Music
Release date: 06.1978

Title: Si Tu Dois Partir / White Dress
Label: Westbury Music
Release date: 08.1975

Title: White Dress / Tears
Label: Westbury Music
Release date: 07.1975

Title: The Devil In The Kitchen / Possibly Parsons Green
Label: Westbury Music
Release date: 01.1974

Title: Rosie / Fiddlestix
Label: Westbury Music
Release date: 05.1973