Fairport’s Cropredy Convention three-day open-air music festival will celebrate its fortieth anniversary this year. A major innovation for 2019 is ‘glamping’ in pre-pitched luxury bell tents.
Cropredy yesterday announced the full line-up of acts appearing at this year’s event. Over three days (8, 9 and 10 August) Cropredy will present more than thirty hours of live music to an audience of up to 20,000 festival-goers.
Headline acts for 2019 include The Waterboys (Thursday), Frank Turner (Friday); and host band Fairport Convention (Saturday).
Other major acts include Gogol Bordello on Thursday, Seth Lakeman (Friday) and Richard Thompson (Friday).
The line-up encompasses soaring harmonies from female ensembles Wildwood Kin and Daphne’s Flight, instrumental virtuosity from Will Pound (harmonica), Eddy Jay (accordion) and Martin Simpson (guitar), and classic rock from Martin Barre and prog legends Caravan.
Lil Jim, Tors, The 4 Of Us, Wilson & Wakeman, Richard Digance, Tide Lines and Zal Cleminson’s /sin’dogs/ complete the line-up.
One-day, two-day and three-day tickets are exclusively available from Fairport’s website: www.fairportconvention.com/tickets and by phone 0844 581 1396
Thursday 8 August
Host band Fairport Convention will open the festival with a short acoustic performance then take the stage again on Saturday to play a two-hour closing set.
Multi-instrumentalist Lil Jim combines guitar, harmonica and accordion with foot percussion and vocals.
Devon indie-folk band Tors is fronted by songwriting brothers Matt and Theo Weedon, grandsons of late guitar maestro Bert Weedon.
Gogol Bordello combine elements of music, theatre, chaos and sorcery To say this is a fabulous festival act would be the grossest of understatements.
A return to Cropredy for Thursday’s headline act The Waterboys whose potent
Friday 9 August
Formed in Newry, Northern Ireland, by brothers Declan and Brendan Murphy, The 4 Of Us are known for poetic songs, harmony vocals and highly accomplished guitar.
Will Pound and Eddy Jay are, respectively, among the UK’s finest harmonica and accordion players.
Award-winning female trio Wildwood Kin play contemporary indie-folk characterised by spellbinding family harmonies.
Performing as Wilson & Wakeman, Adam Wakeman is best known as the keyboard player with Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath and Damian Wilson is a songwriter and vocalist who has appeared on over seventy albums.
Pioneers of Canterbury’s prog rock scene, Caravan will be making their Cropredy debut. Their mix of psychedelia, jazz and classical music has been highly influential.
Fresh from a world tour with Robert Plant, Seth Lakeman returns to Cropredy after a ten year absence.
Guitar legend and acclaimed songwriter Richard Thompson will appear with erstwhile Fairport bandmates Dave Mattacks, Dave Pegg and Simon Nicol.
One of the finest live acts out there, Frank Turner will headline on Friday night with his band Sleeping Souls, a first visit to Cropredy by one of the UK’s most successful solo artists of the past decade.
Saturday 10 August
BAFTA nominee Richard Digance returns to his traditional Cropredy Saturday lunchtime slot.
Four-piece Tide Lines are shaped by the culture and music of the Scottish Highlands.
Daphne’s Flight features five female singer-songwriters; Christine Collister, Melanie Harrold, Julie Matthews, Helen Watson and Chris While.
Scottish singer-guitarist Zal Cleminson’s /sin’dogs/ is a new high-octane prog-metal band.
Celebrating 50 years of Jethro Tull’s music, Martin Barre’s band includes the original Tull drummer Clive Bunker.
Award-winning Martin Simpson, one of Britain’s greatest acoustic guitarists, makes his first appearance at Cropredy.
Fairport Convention and guests take the stage for their traditional two-hour-plus Saturday headline show.
Artists’ website: http://www.fairportconvention.com/
Suzanne from Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2017.