Saturday, 25 January 2014

Fairport Convention's gruelling tour schedule is time off from organising leading festival

Lancashire Telegraph: Fairport ConventionFairport Convention
YOU might think that for any band, a 31-date tour in the space of just five weeks would be a daunting prospect.
But for the members of Fairport Convention, who come to Burnley Mechanics as part of their annual winter series of concerts, it has never been a problem.
“We’ve been touring at the same time every year for 30 years and I think we’ve played Burnley virtually every time,” said bassist Dave Pegg.
“We usually have Mondays off to get the laundry done but it is always a pleasure to play venues where we know there will be such an appreciative audience.”
For Dave and Simon Nicol, who founded Fairport in 1967, the tour actually acts as a relief from organising the band’s Cropredy Festival, which has become one of the key dates in the summer music calendar.
“That is a massive undertaking,” said Dave of the three-day event, which sees 20,000 fans invade the small Oxfordshire village.
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