Folk convention to roll into town

Fairport Convention
Fairport Convention

Folk rock legends Fairport Convention are preparing for the annual winter pilgrimage to Chesterfield.

The band play their regular show at the town’s Winding Wheel on February 27.

After 46 years as a working band, Fairport’s annual Winter Tour has become a much-loved cultural institution.

With its vast back catalogue to draw on plus frequent new releases, Fairport is able to present a fresh repertoire each year.

This year, the band will also perform a selection of favourites chosen in a poll of the band’s fans.

“Fairport is a band that always looks to the future,” says Simon Nicol who co-founded the band in 1967.

“We have celebrated our first forty-five years now it is time to move onwards towards fifty years. We are really looking forward to getting back on the road - in fact, we’re raring to go. Although we regularly record new albums our first love remains live performance.”

The band has also revealed that American shock rock veteran Alice Cooper will headline the firstnight of Fairport’s Cropedy Convention.

The festival which takes place on August 8, 9 and 10 this year at Cropredy in Oxfordshire will also feature Martin Barre of Jethro Tull and his band, The Levellers, 10CC, Mediaeval Baebes, Nik Kershaw and Peatbog Faeries amongst a host of other acts. Fairport Convention will open and close the festival.