Folkrock legends Fairport Convention will be celebrating their forty-fifth anniversary in Edenbridge when the band visits Hever Castle on Sunday 13 May.
Formed in 1967’s ‘summer of love’, Fairport Convention has been delighting audiences for 45 years making them one of the most enduring bands to emerge from the fertile 60s music scene. Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, the band is still as vibrant and inventive as ever.
The 2012 anniversary tour will feature songs from the band’s recent studio album, the critically-acclaimed Festival Bell. However, with such a long history, the band has a vast repertoire to draw on so this year the tour concerts will also include a selection of favourite songs and tunes specially chosen in a poll of the band’s fans.
“Forty-five years is a milestone,” says Simon Nicol who co-founded the band in 1967, “but we don’t intend to rest on our laurels or hark back to the past – Fairport is a band that always looks to the future. All five of us are looking forward to getting back on the road – in fact, we’re raring to go – because our first love is live performance.”
“We are really looking forward to playing this event – it is not often we get to play in historic locations. Our concert will be rather different this year – not only have we got the new material from Festival Bell but this will be the first time we’ve invited our audiences to help us select the repertoire for a concert tour.”
As well as Simon Nicol on guitar and lead vocals, Fairport Convention features Dave Pegg on bass and backing vocals, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki and lead vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion.
Fairport Convention has won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s groundbreaking album Liege & Lief ‘The Most Influential Folkrock Album of All Time’.
The concert at Hever Castle starts at 6pm. Tickets and booking information from 01732 866114 or online www.heverfestival-tickets.co.uk