Celebrating their 45th year, Fairport Convention kicked off their show at the Winding Wheel gig by introducing support act Keiran Goss, a chirpy little singer-songwriter from Ireland who was playing for the first time in Chesterfield.
Kieran is a talented songwriter whose songs have been covered by many famous artists including Mary Black. He sang ‘Just Around The Corner’ and ‘The Reason Why’ before being joined on stage by members of Fairport Convention to play ‘Reach Out And I’ll Be There’.
Fairport then began their set with ‘Sir Patrick Spens’ which was followed by their 60s’ chart hit ‘Walk Awhile’.
This year’s set included many reworkings of old favourites which have been included on their recent CD ‘By Popular Request’. A selection of favourite songs chosen by Fairport’s fans. Outstanding tracks played were ‘Farewell, Farewell’, ‘Genesis Hall’, ‘Fotheringay’, ‘Jewel In The Crown’ and a cracking version of ‘Matty Groves’ complete with banjo intro played by Chris Leslie.
Other notable songs sang on the night included ‘Mercy Bay’ with an atmospheric drum solo by Gerry Conway and ‘Celtic Moon’.
Too soon it was time for Keiran Goss to join the band for the traditional finale of ‘Meet On The Ledge’.
In the audience were members of Chesterfield’s folk hierachy including Ashley Hutchings and his son Blair.
Blair has recently teamed up with Gavin Davenport, Katriona Gilmore, Tom Wright, Tim Yates and Ben Trott to reform a younger and revitalised Albion Band.
Meanwhile Ashley Hutchings will be bringing his famous Morris dancing musical ensemble ‘Morris On’ to this year’s Cropredy Festival.
This year ’s Cropredy Festival aims to reflect Fairport’s anniversary year with lots of special guests and surprises. The Festival takes place from Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th August at the village of Cropredy in Oxfordshire.
For tickets and further information visit www.fairportconvention.com