Richard Thompson, Caravan and the Waterboys are among the major names to be confirmed for the 2019 edition of folk mainstays Fairport Convention’s much-loved annual, three-day Cropredy Festival next summer. The event celebrates its 40th anniversary next year, and will take place from Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 August.
Fairport themselves will open the festival on the Thursday with an acoustic show, and will be the closing headliners on the Saturday with a two-hour set. The Waterboys will headline on Thursday, while Thompson is set for one of Cropredy’s trademark reunions when he performs with his former Fairport colleagues Dave Mattacks, Dave Pegg and Simon Nicol.
The bill features both first-time performers at Cropredy and returning favourites, with award-winning acoustic guitarist Martin Simpson and Canterbury progressive giants Caravan among those due to make their debuts in 2019. Seth Lakeman returns to the event after a ten-year absence, fresh from a world tour with Robert Plant, and Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre will mark 50 years of the band’s music with original Tull drummer Clive Bunker and former basst Jonathan Noyce.
Also on the bill for Cropredy 2019 are Zal Cleminson’s /sin’dogs/, fronted by the former guitarist with the Sensational Alex Harvey Band. Daphne’s Flight feature the distinguished singer-songwriters Christine Collister, Melanie Harrold, Julie Matthews, Helen Watson and Chris While, all of whom well-respected artists in their own right. Long-standing singer-guitarist Richard Digance will play his customary Saturday lunchtime slot.
The initial list of 2019 performers is completed by harmonica/accordion duo Will Pound and Eddy Jay; Wildwood Kin, the female trio who were the winners of the Bob Harris Emerging Artist title at the 2017 UK Americana Awards; multi-instrumentalist Lil Jim and the four-piece Tide Lines. Tickets for Fairport’s Cropredy Festival 2019 are on sale now, and all of the box office details are at www.fairportconvention.com.
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