Fairport to return

Fairport Convention
Fairport Convention

It’s that time of year again when those evergreen lads of Fairport Convention kick off their Winter Tour, hitting Chesterfield’s Winding Wheel on Thursday, February 10.

This will be the band’s 27th consecutive Winter Tour and will call at 32 venues throughout England and Wales.

Each evening’s concert will include brand new songs from Fairport’s eagerly awaited new album Festival Bell. Released to coincide with the tour, Festival Bell is the first new Fairport Convention studio album for four years.

The concerts will open with a set from talented young duo Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts. Fairport will then take the stage to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Babbacombe Lee, the band’s critically acclaimed 1971 folkrock opera. Fairport will play the work in its entirety, telling the fascinating story of John Babbacombe Lee, a Victorian criminal who was reprieved after three failed attempts to hang him.

“We’re really looking forward to getting on the road again,” said Simon Nicol, Fairport founder-member.

“This year, our Winter Tour concerts will be rather different. Not only have we got a whole album’s worth of new material to choose from but this will be the first time we’ve played the whole of Babbacombe Lee since the 1970s.

For all things Fairport including the soon to be announced line-up for this year’s Cropredy Festival, visit www.fairportconvention.com.