Label: Wienerworld Presentation - WNRD 2087,Beckmann Visual Publishing - WNRD 2087 • Format: DVD Reissue • Country: UK • Genre: Rock, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Folk Rock
Fairport Convention are a British folk rock band, formed in by Richard Thompson guitarvocalsSimon Nicol guitar, vocalsAshley Hutchings bass guitarand Shaun Frater drumspercussionwith Frater replaced by Martin Lamble after their first gig.
Denny began steering the group towards traditional British music for their next two albums, What We Did on Our Holidays and Unhalfbricking both ; the latter featured fiddler Dave "Swarb" Swarbrickmost notably on the song " A Sailor's Life ", which laid the groundwork for British folk rock by being the first time a traditional British song was combined with a rock beat. Both Denny and Hutchings left before the year's end; the latter replaced by Dave Peggwho has remained the group's sole consistent member to this day; and Thompson would leave after the recording of 's Full House.
The s saw numerous lineup changes around the core of Swarbrick and Pegg — Nicol being absent for the middle of the decade — and declining fortunes as folk music fell out of mainstream favour.
Denny, whose partner Trevor Lucas had been a guitarist in the group sincereturned for the pop-orientated Rising for the Moon album in in a final bid to crack America; this effort failed, and after three more albums minus Denny or Lucas, the group disbanded in Allcock was replaced by Chris Leslie inand Gerry Conway replaced Mattacks inwith this lineup remaining unchanged since and marking the longest-lasting of the group's history.
Their 28th The Hiring Fair - Fairport Convention - Beyond The Ledge (Filmed Live At Cropredy 98) (DVD) album, 50released to mark their 50th anniversary, was released inand they continue to headline Cropredy each year. They rehearsed on the floor above Nicol's father's medical practice in a house called "Fairport" on Fortis Green in Muswell Hill — the same street on which Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks grew up. Boyd suggested they augment the line-up with another male vocalist.
Singer Iain Matthews then known as Ian MacDonald joined the band, and their first album, Fairport Conventionwas recorded in late and released in June The name "Fairport Convention" and the use of two lead vocalists led many new listeners to believe that they were an American act, earning them the nickname 'the British Jefferson Airplane ' during this period.
After disappointing album sales they signed a new contract with Island Records. Before their next recording Judy Dyble left and was replaced by the band with Sandy Dennya folk singer who had previously recorded as a soloist and with Strawbs. The first of these featured the Thompson-penned " Meet on the Ledge ", which became their second single and eventually the band's unofficial anthem. During the recording of UnhalfbrickingMatthews left after having sung on only one song, eventually to form Matthews Southern Comfort.
The album featured a guest appearance by Birmingham folk fiddler Dave Swarbrick on a recording of " A Sailor's Life ", a traditional song brought to the band by Denny from her folk club days. The recording of this track marked an important turning point for the band, sparking an interest in traditional music in Ashley Hutchings that led him to detailed research in the English Folk Dance and Song Society Library at Cecil Sharp House ; this theme would become the basis for their next, much more ambitious, recording project.
These two albums began to gain the band wider recognition. Peel also recorded a number of sessions which were later released as the album Heyday The record just missed the top twenty, but secured the band a slot on Top of the PopsBritain's most popular television pop music programme at the time. On 12 Mayon the way home from a gig at Birmingham venue Mothers a club in BirminghamFairport's van crashed on the M1 motorway.
Martin Lambleaged only nineteen, and Jeannie Franklyn, Richard Thompson's girlfriend, were killed. The rest of the band suffered injuries of varying severity.
However, they reconvened with Dave Mattacks taking over drumming duties and Dave Swarbrick, having made contribution to Unhalfbrickingnow joined as a full member. The album consisted of six traditional tracks and three original compositions in a similar style. The traditional tracks included two sustained epics: " Tam Lin ", which was over seven minutes in length, and " Matty Groves ", at over eight. There was a medley of four traditional tunes, arranged, and, like many of the tracks, enlivened, by Swarbrick's energetic fiddle playing.
A few British bands had earlier experimented with playing traditional English songs on electric instruments, including Strawbs and Pentanglebut Fairport Convention was the first English band to do this in a concerted and focused way. I Love It Loud - Kiss Forever Band - Carnival Of Sings reached number 17 in the UK album chart, where it spent fifteen weeks.
Disagreements arose about the direction of the band in the wake of this success. Ashley Hutchings wanted to explore more traditional material and left to form two groups that would rival Fairport for significance in English folk rock: Steeleye Span and the Albion Band.
Dave Pegg took over on bass guitar and has been the group's one constant ever since, in an unbroken membership of over four decades. The band made no serious attempt to replace Denny, and, although she would briefly return, the sound of the band would now be characterized by male vocals. Despite these changes the band produced another album, Full Housewhich was remarkably successful as a project.
Like its predecessor, it combined traditional songs, including a powerful rendition of " Sir Patrick Spens Straight To Hell - Various - War Child Heroes, with original compositions. Despite the loss of Denny the band still possessed four vocalists, including the emerging voices of We Three Kings - Mannheim Steamroller - Christmas Heading Home and Swarbrick, whose tones would dominate the sound of this period.
In the recurring pattern, soon after the album's release Thompson left the band to pursue other projects and eventually his solo career.
This left Simon Nicol as the only original member and Dave Swarbrick emerged as the leading force in the band. In the members and their families had moved into The Angel, a former pub in Hertfordshire and this inspired the next album Angel Delight the band's first to chart in the US, peaking at number on the Billboard and The Hiring Fair - Fairport Convention - Beyond The Ledge (Filmed Live At Cropredy 98) (DVD) only top ten album in the UK.
The concept format, originally without clear tracks, excited considerable press interest and it received good air play in Bang (Will Saul & Tam Cooper Remix) - Various - Dessous Best Kept Secrets United States where it The Hiring Fair - Fairport Convention - Beyond The Ledge (Filmed Live At Cropredy 98) (DVD) number Only Pegg and Swarbrick remained and the following few years have been dubbed 'Fairport confusion' as a bewildering sequence of band members came and went, but by Mattacks had returned and two former members of Sandy Denny's Fotheringay had joined the band, Denny's Australian husband Trevor Lucas on vocals and guitar and American Jerry Donahue on lead guitar.
The last of these contained writing contributions by Lucas to five of the nine tracks, which together with Donahue's country influences and outstanding guitar pyrotechnics gave the album a very distinctive feel.
Denny rejoined the band in and there were considerable expectations, both artistic and commercial, placed on this line-up. Denny was featured on the album Rising for the Moonwhich became the band's highest US chart album when it reached number on the Billboard and the first album to reach the top one-hundred in the UK since Angel Delight, reaching no Poor UK sales for Rising did not aid morale and, despite the relative success of the line-up, Lucas and Donahue left the band, as did Denny in She died aged 31, inof a cerebral haemorrhage after falling down a flight of stairs.
Rowland, Pegg, and Swarbrick fulfilled their remaining contractual obligations to Island Records by turning what had originally been a Swarbrick solo effort into the album Gottle O'Geer under the name 'Fairport' as opposed to Fairport Convention in the UK, and as 'Fairport featuring Dave Swarbrick' in the US, and with various session players and production by Simon Nicol, who subsequently rejoined the band.
They then signed with Vertigo, but record sales continued to decline and after producing two of four contracted albums, The Bonny Bunch of Roses and Tipplers TalesVertigo bought them out of their contract.
It is claimed by members of the band that this was the only recording money they had seen up to that point. By the mainstream market for folk rock had largely disappeared, the band had no record deal, and Dave Swarbrick had been diagnosed with tinnituswhich made loud electric gigs increasingly difficult.
Fairport decided to disband. They played a farewell tour and a final outdoor concert on 4 August in Cropredythe Oxfordshire village where Dave and Christine Pegg lived. The finality of this occasion was mitigated by the announcement that the band would meet for a reunion.
No record company wanted to release the live recordings of the tour and concert, so the Peggs founded Woodworm Recordswhich would be the major outlet for the band in the future. Members continued to take part in occasional gigs, particularly in festivals in continental Europe, and after a year they staged a reunion concert in Cropredy which became the annual Cropredy Festival.
Over the next few years, it grew rapidly and emerged as the major mechanism for sustaining the band. In Augustthe band held their annual reunion concert at Broughton Castlerather than the usual Cropredy location. The Peggs continued to record and release the Cropredy concerts as 'official bootlegs'.
The remaining members pursued their own lives and careers outside of the band. Nicol, Pegg, and Mattacks had recorded and toured with Richard and Linda Thompson at times in the s, and did so again during this period, culminating in their appearance on the Shoot Out the Lights album and tour in Bruce Rowlands gave up the music business and moved to Denmark and as a result Dave Mattacks returned as drummer for Fairport's occasional gigs. Dave Pegg was the first of several Fairporters to join Jethro Tull which gave him well-paying steady employment.
Simon Nicol had teamed up with Dave Swarbrick in a highly regarded acoustic duo, but this partnership was made difficult by Swarbrick's sudden decision to move to Scotland, where, from he began to focus on his new project Whippersnapper. InPegg, Nicol and Mattacks found that they all had some free time and an available studio belonging to Pegg.
They decided that they needed some new material to add to the catalogue that had been suspended in As Swarbrick was unavailable, the selection of traditional tunes was more difficult than for past albums and there was a need for a replacement fiddle player and some vocals. Pegg and Nicol took over arranging duties on an instrumental medley and the band turned to sometime Albion Band members: jazz and folk violinist Ric Sanders and singer-songwriter Mámin První Bál - Helena Vondráčková - Helena!
Helena! Helena! Lesurf. They also The Hiring Fair - Fairport Convention - Beyond The Ledge (Filmed Live At Cropredy 98) (DVD) the help of ex-member Richard Thompson. Thompson and Lesurf contributed songs and took part in the recordings.
Also important to A Night In Tunesia - Charlie Parker - Charlie Parker XXL Great Master Great Songs album was Ralph McTell who contributed one song and co-wrote one Kill My Appetite - Pete Townshend - The Genuine Scoop each with Nicol and Mattacks.
The resulting album Gladys' Leap was generally well received in the music and national press, but caused some tension with Swarbrick who refused to play any of the new material at the Cropredy Festival. Nevertheless, the decision to reform the band, without Swarbrick, was taken by the other three remaining members. Ric Shout It Out Loud - Kiss - Killers was invited to join, along with guitarist, composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Maartin Allcock.
Nicol, with his developing baritone voice, took over the main share of the vocal duties. This line-up was to last eleven years, the longest period of membership stability in the band's history so far. The new band began Quiet Melody - Pierre Porte - Images Musicales De Pierre Porte hectic schedule of performing in Britain and the World and prepared material for a new album.
The result was the all-instrumental Expletive Delighted! This showcased the virtuosity of Sanders and Allcock, but perhaps inevitably was not popular with all fans. This was followed by the recording In Real Time: Live '87 which managed to capture the energy and power of the new Fairport on stage, despite the fact that it was recorded in the studio with audience reactions dubbed on.
In this period the band were playing to larger and larger audiences, both on tour and at Cropredy, and it was very productive in terms of recording. Fairport had the considerable composing and arranging skills of Allcock and, to fill the gap created by a lack of a songwriter in the band, they turned to some of the most talented available in the contemporary folk scene. For a while the four-piece acoustic line-up ran in parallel with the electric format. When Allcock left the band, he was replaced by Chris Leslie on vocals, mandolin and fiddle, who formerly worked with Swarbrick in Whippersnapper, and had a one-off stint with the band replacing Ric Sanders for Cropredy Festival.
This meant that for the first time since reforming, the band had a recognized songwriter who contributed significantly to the band's output on the next album Who Knows Where the Time Goes?
By the time of the thirty-year anniversary Festival at Cropredy, the new Fairport had been in existence for over a decade and contributed a significant chapter to the history of the band. Inmembers of the band began their association with the Breton musician Alan Simon. Working in collaboration with numerous others, members of Fairport predominantly Nicol and Leslie have performed in and participated in the recordings of all Simon's rock operas, including the Excalibur trilogy, and Anne de Bretagne The Hiring Fair - Fairport Convention - Beyond The Ledge (Filmed Live At Cropredy 98) (DVD) of the festival, although not the Liege and Lief performance, was released as part of a celebratory DVD.
The band's first official YouTube video appeared in April Inthe band released a new studio album Festival Bellthe first new album in four years. This The Hiring Fair - Fairport Convention - Beyond The Ledge (Filmed Live At Cropredy 98) (DVD) followed in by Babbacombe Lee Live Again recorded live during (Dont Fear) The Reaper - HIM - HIM (Коллекция Альбомов 1998-2001) tour revisiting the Babbacombe Lee album first issued in Inthe band also released By Popular Requesta reworking in the studio of a number of the most popular songs in the band's repertoire as determined by a mysterious consultation and voting process conducted by the band with its fans.
In Januaryfour years after their previous studio album of original material Festival BellFairport Convention released a new one entitled Myths and Heroes. The mainstream media has increasingly recognized Fairport Convention's historical importance.
In The Hiring Fair - Fairport Convention - Beyond The Ledge (Filmed Live At Cropredy 98) (DVD) same year Free Reed Records, an independent label, released Fairport Unconventionala four-CD boxed set of rare and unreleased recordings from the band's year career.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. British folk rock group. Main article: Fairport Convention discography. Retrieved 26 December
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