Dave Pegg Cropredy 2019 Interview

Credit – Uncle Kevin Smith

Paul Johnson and Darren Beech catch up with Dave Pegg at Cropredy 2019.

In the interview we talk about the wind, the weather and health and safety. We thank Peggy for hatching the plan to bring Georgia Rose Lucas over from Oz (Sandy Denny and Trevor Lucas’ daughter) and reflect on Georgia’s poem “Where I’m From” (written about her mum) which was read out live on stage at Cropredy on the Thursday afternoon by Anthony John Clarke (captured by Watchawhile in the YouTube video below). We also reference Georgia’s fabulous paintings and sketches as well.

We discuss Costa Del Folk Portugal, the cruise and Hungarian Rhapsody!

The interview closes with the news that Cropredy 2020 will be a Full House!

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Artist’s website: https://www.fairportconvention.com/

Costa Del Folk website: https://costadelfolk.co.uk/costa-del-folk-portugal/

Ric Sanders Cropredy 2019 Interview

Ric Sanders Cropredy 2019

Paul Johnson is still suffering from delusions of grandeur and is again banging on about our ‘world renounced’ interviews as if he actually believes it.

Meanwhile… back in the real world, it would be more appropriate to use the term ‘world renounced’ to describe that ‘Pretty Damn Cosmic’, fiddle player extraordinaire, Mr Ric Sanders. So, let’s do that then to introduce this year’s folking.com interview with Ric Sanders (interviewed by Darren Beech and Paul Johnson).

In the interview we talk about Ric’s 34th Year with Fairport, the call from Dave Pegg in April in 1985 to join the band to be part of the Gladys’ Leap album. We talk about the ‘Fairport Extension’ set, the New Forest Folk Festival and Maart’s inspirational heroic ‘Metal Matty’ performance last year.

We discuss ‘echo delay pedals’ and Ric’s musical background of Blues, Jazz and Rock. We move on to the new Ric Sanders Trio album Headspace with Vo Fletcher (Guitar and Vocals), Michael Gregory (Drums & Percussion), talk about the previous album Standing on the Corner and Graeme Taylor’s fantastic new studio where the new album was recorded.

The interview closes with a Home Service announcement that totally took us by surprise. Ric talks about his first album for Harvest EMI, when he recorded with Soft Machine and how that led up to working with John Tams on Rise Up Like the Sun.

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Artist’s website: https://www.fairportconvention.com/

Chris Leslie Cropredy 2019 Interview

Darren Beech with Chris Leslie
Paul Johnson

Well, as we always say, it would not be Cropredy without our annual Chris Leslie interview.

Darren Beech and Paul Johnson tracked Mr. Leslie down on the Friday, luckily just before he was about to do a runner in the pink buggy to go off and do a gig with the ‘Banana Splits’.

In the interview, we talk about how the act of walking fuels the art of song-writing, the process of writing the ‘what Chris Leslie has been up to piece’ for the Cropredy programme each year and how this year’s article conjured up the visions and words of the John Tams version of Ewan MacColl’s ‘The Manchester Rambler’.

We also talk about the ‘Fairport Extension’ set, why Fairport are the best backing band in the world, the much loved and dearly missed Maart, we revisit the 25th Anniversary 1992 Cropredy year and remember when Robert Plant played a very special set as part of that celebration.

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Artist’s website: http://www.chrislesliemusic.co.uk/

PJ Wright Interview from the New Forest Folk Festival 2019

Paul Johnson and Darren Beech catch up with PJ Wright in the artists garden at the New Forest Folk Festival. PJ was performing later that day as part of The Sandy Denny Project, which also features IOTA’s Sally Barker, Anna Ryder, Marion Fleetwood and the engine room of Little Johnny England, bassist Mat Davies and drummer Mark Stevens.

PJ has been to the festival every year since it’s conception and gives a fascinating insight into how the festival started eight years ago. It includes a great story about the hiccup with the stage that was originally ordered and how one was built out of a cowshed at the very last minute, just in time for the first festival.

We also talk about Fotheringay 2 and how the idea for the Sandy Denny Project came together and we get technical with Pedal Boards, Stratocaster’s and Telecaster’s.

We close the interview with PJ being tight lipped about whether he will be playing Cropredy in some form or other and TRADarrr’s appearance at the brilliant Wickham Festival, the week before Cropredy, which is run by our old mate Peter Chegwyn.

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Artist’s website: https://facebook.com/thesandydennyproject/

Here is a great moment from the set, a brilliant cover of Sandy’s classic anti-war song ‘John the Gun’.

John Jones Interview + June Tabor & Oysterband Oct/ Nov Tour Dates

John Jones

Paul Johnson and Darren Beech catch up with John Jones after Oysterband closed the Saturday night of New Forest Folk Festival 2019.

We talk about the closing set on the Saturday night, the wonderful crowd singing and how they embraced the show, setting a festival record with the most people standing and making ‘one’ audience.

We discuss the anthem songs like a ‘A River Runs, Everywhere I Go, We Could Leave Right Now’, what effect they have on people and how the audience has come to create the refrain.

John discusses the recent Danish Folk Prize Award and we chat about how the band has been embraced by Europe over the years.

We talk about the June Tabor and Oysterband – ‘Fire and Fleet’ 15 date tour in October and November and John also hints of a new Oysterband song that is due to be released soon based to an Ian Telfer Lyric.

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Artist’s website: http://www.oysterband.co.uk/


UK TOUR DATES 2019 – June Tabor and Oysterband.

THU 24 OCTOBER — NORWICH OPEN

FRI 25 OCTOBER — BRISTOL ST GEORGE’S

SAT 26 OCTOBER — SALISBURY CITY HALL

SUN 27 OCTOBER — LEICESTER DE MONTFORT HALL

WED 30 OCTOBER — CARDIFF TRAMSHED

THU 31 OCTOBER — SOUTHPORT ATKINSON

FRI 01 NOVEMBER — LEEDS TOWN HALL

SAT 02 NOVEMBER — THE GATESHEAD SAGE

SUN 03 NOVEMBER — WARWICK ARTS CENTRE

FRI 08 NOVEMBER — MANCHESTER RNCM

SAT 09 NOVEMBER — CLITHEROE GRAND

TUE 12 NOVEMBER — CHELTENHAM TOWN HALL

WED 13 NOVEMBER — EXETER TOWN HALL

THU 14 NOVEMBER — ISLINGTON UNION CHAPEL

FRI 15 NOVEMBER — SEVENOAKS STAG THEATRE

3 Daft Monkeys Interview and Tour Dates

3 Daft Monkeys

Its been a while since we chatted to those 3 Daft Monkeys, so thought it was high time we caught up with them at the New Forest Folk Festival.

One of my lasting beer aerobic memories was standing with Tim and Athene at a festival watching a band years ago, I dropped my pint in a moment of madness and somehow it landed right side up on the grass, without spilling a drop. That is the effect those Monkeys have you, its never a dull moment with them around.

So, with beer secured, Paul Johnson and I arranged to meet Tim Ashton (with surprise guest Arlo) in the Artists Garden to have our chat. We talk about Glastonbury, what they have been up to recently, the Giant Pink Castle, what’s been happening since Lukas Drinkwater left the band and the new line up featuring Rich Mulryne (percussion/vocals) and Jamie Graham (bass).

We also talk about the most recent album ‘Year of the Clown’, the idea behind it and also plans for a new album. Tim talks about the Busking festivals in Italy and Switzerland and Arlo’s hula-hoop show. Finally, we speak about the rest of the tour this year and where you can go to see them jump around the stage all night.

Darren Beech

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