Legendary UK folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention have announced an extensive 28-date winter tour of the UK which sets off on 25 January in Tewkesbury and concludes on 25 February in Bromsgrove.
The tour is likely to feature a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and new material from their most recent, critically-acclaimed, studio album 50:50@50. The concerts will also feature an opening performance by the singer/songwriter duo, Winter Wilson, who have become favourites on the folk scene in the UK and as far away as Australia.
Fairport Convention’s current line-up features Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion.
Renowned for ground-breaking, genre-defining Island Records albums such as What We Did On Our Holidays, Unhalfbricking, Liege & Lief and Full House, the band celebrated their golden anniversary (50 years) in 2017 and their story is also set to be chronicled in a forthcoming major Sky Arts documentary to be aired later this year, as the group’s legacy continues to be celebrated.
Winners of the coveted ‘BBC Lifetime Achievement Award’, Fairport were also delighted to see their much-acclaimed Liege & Lief record voted Radio 2’s ‘Most Influential Folk Album of All Time’ by listeners.
Fairport Convention play the following UK tour dates:
25 January: Tewkesbury, The Roses Theatre
26 January: Southport, The Atkinson
27 January: Lincoln, Drill Hall
28 January: Buxton, Opera House
30 January: Nottingham, Playhouse Theatre
31 January: Peterborough, Key Theatre
1 February: Coventry, The Albany Theatre
2 February: Morecambe, The Platform
3 February: Settle, Victoria Hall
4 February: Salford, The Lowry
6 February: Milton Keynes, The Stables
7 February: Stoke, The New Vic Theatre
8 February: Durham, Gala Theatre
9 February: Whitby, Pavilion Theatre
10 February: Leeds, City Varieties
11 February: Banbury, Trades and Labour Club
13 February: Canterbury, The Gulbenkian
14 February: Canterbury, The Gulbenkian
15 February: Worthing, Connaught Theatre
16 February: Frome, Cheese and Grain
17 February: London, Union Chapel
18 February: Winchester, Theatre Royal
20 February: Farnham, The Maltings
21 February: Exeter, Corn Exchange
22 February: Tunbridge Wells, Assembly Hall Theatre
23 February: Bury St Edmunds, The Apex
24 February: St Albans, The Alban Arena
25 February: Bromsgrove, The Artrix.
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