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Fairport Convention backstage at Fairport's Cropredy Convention festival
Fairport Convention backstage at Fairport's Cropredy Convention festival

Folk heroes Fairport Convention are celebrating 50 years as a band with a golden annivesary winter tour.

It brings them to Chesterfield’s Winding Wheel on Tuesday, February 28.

The winter tour will see the band playing a selection of tracks from their new record, alongside established hits from their ever-growing repertoire.

Founding member Simon Nicol hasn’t lost the buzz of performing even after a half-century of tours. “Fairport Convention have been extraordinarily fortunate to create a work ethic based on live performance” says Nicol.

“As someone whose hobby ultimately became a career, I’m happy every time the van pulls up outside my house to take me off on my travels, where the stage awaits, and I get a chance to make everyone happy that they made the choice to buy a ticket.”

The group, who revolutionised British folk music with their electric sound and traditional tunes in the summer of love of 1967, has survived numerous lineup changes over the decades and still performs with the passion and precision their reputation demands.

Fairport Convention’s current line-up is the longest running in the band’s history, and with Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion, audiences across the land will be in safe hands for an unforgettable night of folk history.

Opening the concerts on this celebratory tour will be BBC TV’s ‘The Voice’ 2014 Runner Up, Sally Barker, one of England’s most talented singer-songwriters and formerly of all-girl folk group, The Poozies.

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