Cropredy 2020 line-up announced

Cropredy

Fairport’s Cropredy Convention three-day open-air music festival announces the line-up for the 2020 event.

Now in its forty-first year, the festival will take place on Thursday 13, Friday 14 and Saturday 15 August 2020 on its usual farmland site in north Oxfordshire.

“We’re really pleased with this year’s line-up”, says Fairport bassist Dave Pegg. “It consolidates Cropredy’s core appeal, celebrates Fairport’s rich heritage and also introduces a wide and diverse range of music. It’ll be a particular pleasure to have Richard Thompson playing with us again during our three-hour headline set on the Saturday evening.”

Cropredy will feature two sets by host band Fairport Convention. On Thursday 13 August they will open the festival with a short acoustic set. On Saturday they will close the event with their customary extended headline performance.

Fairport’s Saturday set will include a fiftieth anniversary celebration of Full House, the band’s acclaimed 1970 LP. The Full House line-up of Simon Nicol, Richard Thompson, Dave Mattacks, and Dave Pegg will be joined by Chris Leslie (standing in for the late Dave Swarbrick) to play the whole album.

Thursday 13 August

Fairport Convention
Host band Fairport will open the festival on Thursday with a short acoustic set

Thumping Tommys
This London-based bluegrass outfit plays barn-storming blues-infused Irish, American, and English folk music.

Edward II
Cropredy favourites Edward II play a fusion of world music, folk and reggae blending the rhythms of the Caribbean with traditional British songs.

Clannad
Multi-award winning band Clannad has arguably done more than any other band to bring Irish music to a worldwide audience.

Trevor Horn Band
One of the most influential producers in popular music, Trevor has worked with Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Grace Jones, Pet Shop Boys, Seal and Robbie Williams among many others.

Friday 14 August

Maddie Morris
Cropredy will present a set by singer-songwriter Maddie, winner of the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

Emily Barker
A Cropredy debut for this acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose repertoire encompasses Americana, country and folk.

Home Service
Co-fronted by John Tams and John Kirkpatrick, Home Service is one of the UK’s best-loved folkrock groups and is characterised by a distinctive brass sound and great repertoire.

Martyn Joseph
Legendary singer/songwriter Martin returns to Cropredy with his rich voice and spellbinding songs.

The Slambovian Circus of Dreams
Hillbilly meets Pink Floyd in this surreal New York band. Rootsy psychedelia from the cool end of Americana.

The Sharon Shannon Quartet
Irish musician Sharon is known for button accordion, fiddle and whistle. Springing from Irish folk, her music reveals wide-ranging influences.

Turin Brakes
Indie folk rockers Turin Brakes are making their first appearance at Cropredy. They have seven studio albums and a million record sales to their credit.

Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited
One of the most Britain’s most accomplished and celebrated guitarists returns to Cropredy. Steve’s extraordinary musical versatility draws on influences as diverse as jazz, world and blues to recreate the unique sound of prog-rock legends Genesis.

Saturday 15 August

Richard Digance
BAFTA nominee Richard returns to his traditional Saturday slot to get the day off to a flying start.

Holy Moly & The Crackers
Fronted by vocalist Ruth Patterson, this Newcastle sextet mixes British folk with dollops of rock’n’soul, indie, balladeering and a touch of psychedelia. They describe their sound as “riotous party music for the masses.”

The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican
This comedy folk and parody band from Barnsley completely stole the show when they played Cropredy in 2018 and are back by popular demand.

Rosalie Cunningham
Rosalie Cunningham is an English singer/songwriter with a distinct style who has appeared on Later with Jools Holland and supported Jack White’s UK tour.

Matthews Southern Comfort
Fronted by ex-Fairport singer Iain Matthews, Matthews Southern Comfort plays melodic laid-back Americana.

Richard Thompson
Virtuoso guitarist and renowned songwriter Richard will take the Cropredy stage twice in 2020; in his own solo set and as part of the fiftieth anniversary of the Full House album.

Fairport Convention
Saturday’s traditional extended headline set from Fairport will include the band’s 1970 line-up playing the whole of Full House in album order plus the current line-up performing a wealth of material old and new.

Cropredy tickets on sale

Cropredy three-day tickets are on sale from today.

The first 1,000 orders will receive a Christmas card signed by all five members of Fairport Convention the first 2,000 will get a souvenir Cropredy car window sticker.

Tickets are available via Fairport Convention’s website www.fairportconvention.com

 

 

Folk On The Pier 2020 – all you need to know

FOLK ON THE PIER
Pavilion Theatre Cromer, North Norfolk
8, 9, 10 May 2020

Folk On The Pier

Nineteen highly talented acts plus an extended Fringe Festival will ensure Cromer’s Folk on the Pier festival will be offering twenty of the best for 2020.

Taking place on 8, 9 and 10 May in the prestigious Pavilion Theatre the festival will feature a bumper bundle of established artists and rising stars from the folk-rock and acoustic music scenes. And with the Fringe Festival taking over many venues in the town there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

This year’s line-up is peppered with award winners – among the headliners are BAFTA Nominated TV Entertainer Of The Year and The British Academy Gold Award of Composers recipient Richard Digance, and Wizz Jones who recently picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

The ever evolving Demon Barbers XL who also won a BBC Radio Award for Best Live Act will present their new show Rise Up and festival Patron Ashley Hutchings MBE who has been the recipient of numerous awards  will present ‘Dylancentric’ – his tribute to Bob Dylan.

And closing the festival on the Sunday evening is ‘the band without whom’ there would not be a Folk on The Pier – Fairport Convention. Little did they know when they invented British folk-rock that it would become the inspiration for what has become a very popular music festival.

PAVILION THEATRE PROGRAMME

FRIDAY 8TH MAY
AFTERNOON CONCERT – 2.00PM ONWARDS
The Redhills
Kevin Dempsey
Urban Folk Quartet
EVENING CONCERT – 7.30PM ONWARDS
Alden, Patterson & Dashwood
Richard Digance
Demon Barbers XL – ‘Rise Up’

SATURDAY 9TH MAY
AFTERNOON CONCERT – 2.00PM ONWARDS
The Shackleton Trio
Wizz Jones
Ashley Hutchings’ Dylancentric
EVENING CONCERT – 7.30PM ONWARDS
Linda Watkins
Alan Reid
Feast of Fiddles

SUNDAY 10TH MAY
AFTERNOON CONCERT – 2.00PM ONWARDS
Ninebarrow
The Spikedrivers
Gerry Colvin Band
EVENING CONCERT – 7.30PM ONWARDS
Klezmerized!
Martin Harley
2020 Showcase Winner
Fairport Convention

TICKET PRICES
AFTERNOON CONCERTS – £21.00
EVENING CONCERTS – £25.00
FULL WEEKEND SET OF TICKETS TO SAVE £20.50  OVER THE SIX EVENTS AT £117.50  . SELECT ALL SIX EVENTS AND THE DISCOUNT WILL BE APPLIED AUTOMATICALLY.
Please go to www.cromerpier.co.uk

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!

The interview should start playing automatically, if not click on the play button below to listen.

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

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

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.

The interview should start playing automatically, if not click on the play button below to listen.

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

WINTER WILSON – Live & Unconventional (own label WWCD010)

Live & UnconventionalThe joke, you see, is that Kip Winter and Dave Wilson recorded Live & Unconventional on the road with Fairport Convention during their 2018 winter tour. In fact, the first voice we hear is that of Ric Sanders doing compere duty and the rest of the chaps appear later. There are several things that struck me immediately. The first is that you have to be good to be a Fairport support on a long tour and the audience certainly got behind them. (I’ll ignore that story that I believe I got from a Fairporter that the best way to record a live album is to do it in the studio and then dub on the applause from a Deep Purple gig. There isn’t a word of truth in it!) The other thing that stands out is the quality of the recording. Two voices and a selection of two instruments from guitar, banjo and piano accordion make a big sound and Winter Wilson squeeze fifteen long tracks onto the album with just enough chat to keep us in the loop.

They open quietly with the title track of their most recent studio album. ‘Far Off On The Horizon’ was inspired by a sleepless night and is an example of Dave’s ability to take almost nothing and turn it into a superb song. The crowd-pleaser, ‘Tried And Tested’, turns up the volume but then we get to the meat of the set. History and literature are absolutely on trend for a Fairport audience and Dave and Kip run through the Falklands war, Jack London, John Steinbeck and emigration to Canada. Politics come in to the equation, firstly with ‘Ghost’, which I still think is one of Dave’s absolute best songs – but I also think that about ‘I Wish I Could Turn Back Time’ which follows it.

Fairport Convention take the stage to accompany them on ‘Still Life In The Old Dog Yet’ – Kip couldn’t understand why they chose to play on that one – and Sandy Denny’s ‘It’ll Take A Long Time’. In real life Winter Wilson’s set ended here, but they give us two more tracks to go home with. ‘This Day Is Mine’ is an idler’s charter but ‘Common Form’ returns to war and history and we remember that they really do have something to say.

From the first notes Kip and Dave exude confidence and I realised how well the songs I’ve only heard as studio recordings have developed in the live set. If Live & Unconventional doesn’t promote Winter Wilson up to the next division there is no justice.

Dai Jeffries

Artists’ website: www.winterwilson.com

‘Far Off On The Horizon’ – live:

FAIRPORT CONVENTION – What We Did On Our Saturday (Matty Grooves MG2CD055)

Our SaturdayIf you’ve ever been to a Cropredy Festival you’ll know exactly what they do on Saturday. They gather together a bunch of former band-mates and old friends and play a mammoth set long into the darkness (subject to health and safety restrictions, of course). These days, Fairport Convention don’t need an excuse to mount a celebration but 2017 marked the band’s fiftieth anniversary and so this was the perfect opportunity to tell the band’s story in music – although not strictly in the right order. Thus we have What We Did On Our Saturday, packaged in an homage to their second album.

The album begins with their first album and (almost) their first line-up. For younger readers that was Ashley Hutchings, Simon Nicol, Richard Thompson, Iain Matthews and Judy Dyble now with Dave Mattacks on drums. They kick off with ‘Time Will Show The Wiser’ and ‘Reno Nevada’ and I was impressed at the way Richard played the sort of guitar lead appropriate to 1967. He couldn’t help himself, of course, and went off on one but I don’t suppose that anyone complained.

Chris While took over on lead vocals for ‘Suzanne’, a slightly less off-the-wall arrangement than the original. Chris does a very good Sandy Denny particularly on the rockier numbers but she’s her own woman and the grace notes and decorations are all her own. Judy and Iain get time off and the others take it in turns so the current line-up doesn’t actually appear until ‘Crazy Man Michael’ when Gerry Conway briefly wrestles the drum stool away from DM. The remainder of the first disc is taken up with selections from Liege & Lief and Full House and they keep ‘Sloth’ to under ten minutes.

The second disc opens with ‘Now Be Thankful’, a song which Chris Leslie is rapidly making his own, even though Richard elbows him off the mic on this occasion. It’s worth noting that Chris doesn’t get a break after the third track until the Fotheringay homage of ‘Ned Kelly’ and ‘Rising For The Moon’ which feature Sally Barker and PJ Wright and introduce Maartin Allcock to the stage. The latter is a feature of the revamped Fotheringay’s set but sadly, of course, Jerry Donahue isn’t available. I have to say, in passing, that Simon does a wonderful job with ‘Fotheringay’. Maart gets to lead ‘A Surfeit Of Lampreys’ and Ralph McTell takes centre stage for ‘White Dress’ but Simon keeps ‘The Hiring Fair’ for himself.

There is only one song that originates with the current line-up and that’s Chris Leslie’s ‘Our Bus Rolls On’ and now we’re on the downhill run. You know how it ends: ‘Matty Groves’ – with both drummers – and ‘Meet On The Ledge’ with everyone back on stage.

As you might imagine, I own a lot of Cropredy recordings and all have their own attractions. For me the 25th anniversary set stands out while the earlier ones: A.T.2 and The Boot have the particular ramshackle charm that we used to associate with Fairport Convention thirty-odd years ago. What We Did On Our Saturday is tight and slick without much in the way of stage chatter – an appropriately serious set to go with such a milestone in Fairport’s history. Exemplary performances as we’ve come to expect, of course, but sometimes I do miss Simon playing rhythm viola!

Dai Jeffries

Artists’ website: www.fairportconvention.com

‘Meet On The Ledge’ – what else?