Fairport Convention – The Playhouse, Weston-Super-Mare

This was our seventh year in a row seeing Fairport, and the fourth at Weston-Super-Mare. Support came from Roger Davies, and as usual Fairport Convention joined him on stage for the last song before doing two sets of their own. If anything the jokes were even worse than usual this year.

James Dean (with Roger Davies)
Ye Mariners All
Myths and Heroes
Walk Awhile
Devil’s Work
The Man in the Water
The Gallivant
John Condon
Hawkwood’s Army

The Fylde Mountain Time / Roger Bucknall’s Polka
Lord Marlborough
Clear Water
My Love is in America
Crazy Man Michael
Bring Me Back My Feathers
Lalla Rookh
Crudités (Parody of Gaudete)
The Festival Bell
Mercy Bay
Suicide is Painless/Matty Groves

Meet on the Ledge (with Roger Davies)

Fairport Convention – The Playhouse, Weston-Super-Mare

If it’s February, it must be Fairport Convention time.

Support tonight came from the uncommonly tall Rosie Carson, and the rather more normal sized Kevin Dempsey. They played for 25 minutes or so before, as is usual, Fairport joined them for their last song. Fairport then stayed on stage for their first hour or so long set. This year they had a new album to promote so a fairly large proportion of the tracks were taken from that. The second set finished with the obligatory rendition of Matty Groves, followed by the encore of Meet on the Ledge. Anything else just wouldn’t be right.

Sir Patrick Spens
Myths and Heroes
Clear Water
Weightless
Around the Wild Cape Horn
The Gallivant
John Condon
Bring Me Back My feathers

The Fylde Mountain Time/Roger Bucknall’s Polka
Wassail Song
Mercy Bay
Love at First Sight
Crazy Man Michael
Festival Bell
Home
Already There
Farewell Farewell
Matty Groves

Meet on the Ledge

Fairport Convention, The Playhouse, Weston-Super-Mare

Our fifth consecutive year seeing Fairport Convention on their Wintour, this could become something of a habit.

Support tonight came from Edwina Hayes who was pretty good. As normal she was joined on stage for her last song by Fairport who had a slightly different lineup to usual. Bassist Dave Pegg had suffered an extreme rock-and-roll injury earlier in the year, cutting a tendon in one finger whilst emptying the dishwasher, so has been temporarily replaced on bass by his son, Matt Pegg. Dave still popped up on stage periodically to introduce the band, sing a few songs, and on one occasion, play the kazoo.

Setlist (probably)

Speed of the Sound of Loneliness (backing Edwina Hayes)

Jewel in the Crown
Doctor of Physick
Already There/Sailing into Walpole’s Marsh
Home
Theodore’s Song
Dirty Linen (re-christened Dirty Crockery in honour of Dave Pegg’s injury)
Cell Song
Mercy Bay

Festival Bell
Wassail Song
Farewell Farewell
Happy Man
Myths and Heroes
Close to the Wind
Grace and Favour
Who Knows Where The Time Goes (with Edwina Hayes)
Danny Jack’s Reward
Matty Groves

Meet on the Ledge

Fairport Convention – The Playhouse, Weston-Super-Mare

The fourth year running we’ve gone to see Fairport Convention on their Wintour, only this year they weren’t playing in Swindon so we had to head west to Weston-Super-Mare.

Support came from John Watterson in the guise of Fake Thackray playing the songs of Jake Thackray. Having never heard the original songs, I can’t comment on the authenticity, although his voice was a little indistinct at times. As tradition dictates Fairport joined in for the last song, in this case Sister Josephine, before taking over and launching into the first part of their set.

Unlike the last couple of years, there wasn’t a theme for the Wintour this year. Last year they’d not long release an album of new recordings of old songs, and the year before had seen a complete run-through of Babbacombe Lee. This year we got a good mix of the usual favourites and some tracks I’d not heard before, ending with the obligatory Meet on the Ledge. Same again next year I expect.

John Gaudie
Honour and Praise
Albert & Ted
Fortheringay
The Eynsham Poacher
Rosie
Hexhamshire Lass
Walk Awhile

Sir Patrick Spens
Mercy Bay
Around the Wild Cape Horn
Banks of the Sweet Primroses
Festival Bell
Fairwell Fairwell
Wood and the Wire
Doctor of Physick
Who Knows Where the Time Goes
Danny Jacks Reward
Matty Groves

Meet on the Ledge

Fairport Convention – Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

It’s that Wintour time of year again, so we made the annual pilgrimage to Swindon to see Fairport Convention.

Support tonight came from Kieran Goss who chatted and played songs for 20 minutes or so before being joined on stage by Fairport Convention for his last song, Reach Out I’ll be There by the Four Tops. Fairport stayed on stage and played for 45 minutes or so before the break, and another 75 minutes or so afterwards.

The majority of the set tonight came from their latest studio album, By Popular Request and it’s predecessor Festival Bell. As always, the support act joined them on stage for the encore, the obligatory rendition of Meet on the Ledge. Same again next year?

Fairport Convention – Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

It’s spring, so it must be time for the annual Fairport Convention Wintour.

As with last year we headed up to Swindon early to partake of a meal in the venue first, and yet again the food was superb. Unfortunately we didn’t have time for coffee before heading downstairs for the support act, Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts who were very good.

They were joined for their last song by their "backing band" better known as Fairport Convention who stayed on stage and launched into a complete run through of their 1971 folk-opera album Babbacombe Lee about the life, and subsequent failure to hang, John Babbacombe Lee.

A 30 minute interval gave us time to get the coffee we missed earlier, before the second half of the set which comprised the vast majority of their new album, Festival Bell. Finally they finished off with the obligatory trio of Who Knows Where the Time Goes, Matty Groves, and Meet on the Ledge. As always, it was a superb night. Same again next year?

Fairport Convention – Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

An early departure for Swindon to ensure we’d be in time for a meal in the restaurant before the 7:30 start.

The support act, Dark Horses were good, and were joined on stage by Fairport for a rendition of Si Tu Dois Partir. Fairport then continued on their own for an hour before the interval which was followed by another hour of Fairport. We were entertained with plenty of good tunes and some witty and self depreciating banter. The finale was the obligatory Meet On The Ledge with Dark Horses joining in on stage.

All too soon we were back on the M4 heading home again.

Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2009 – Cropredy

This year we did the full three-days at Cropredy, heading up on the Thursday morning for the 4pm start. The weather was a lot better this year, sunny on Thursday and Saturday, and overcast on the Friday. Due to this I came home with a sunburn rather than soaking wet kit which made a nice change from last year.

A few brief comments on the bands.

Thursday
Harlequin – Too much talking, and too much Michael Jackson
4 Square – Good
Ken Nichol and Phil Cool – Rubber Faced Irritant
Buzzcocks – Raucous, load, shouty, fantastic
Steve Winwood – No idea, I went to bed

Friday
ColvinQuarmby – Irritatingly over-enthusiastic twat, death by jazz-hands.
Megan and Joe Henwood – Good
Scott Matthews – Thom Yorke does folk, badly.
The Bad Shepherds – Fantastic
John Jorgensen Band – Fret-wank frenzy
The Dodge Brothers – Skiffle-tastic
Richard Thompson – Superb
Seth Lakeman – Accomplished

Saturday
Richard Digence – The usual songs, the usual jokes. Amusing start to the day
Churchfitters – Eclectic selection of instruments
Feast of Fiddles – What a lot of fiddlers
Dreadzone – Sunny fun, very good, fitted in surprisingly well.
Nik Kershaw – We now know who is to blame for Chesney Hawkes.
Ralph McTell – Good, played his one hit fairly early on.
Fairport Convention & Friends – Very good as always, guest spots from Yusuf, Richard Thompson and others.

Cropredy 2009 photos

Fairport’s Cropredy Convention

We only went for two of the three days so missed seeing Supergrass on Thursday. The weather for days we were there couldn’t have been any more different. Friday I needed sun cream, then at one point on Saturday I was wearing three coats at the same time in an attempt to keep dry and warm.

Various highlights:

  • The Family Mahone introducing every song as “this is a drinking song”.
  • Robert Plant turning up to sing The Battle of Evermore with Fairport Convention.
  • Midge Ure with just an acoustic guitar singing Vienna.
  • Matty Groves re-enacted with Mr Potato Head

Time to wash off three days worth of mud and grime.

Cropredy mud

More Photos.

The only real casualty of the weekend was my tent, consigned to a bin bag and left with the rubbish.