"Tomorrow is our 47th birthday," announces Simon Nicol. "We first played 27th May 1967." There is no doubt that Fairport Convention have now got the hang of it.
The line up has included such luminaries as Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson, Ashley Hutchings and Dave Swarbrick. However, the current format of Nicol, Dave Pegg, Chris Leslie, Ric Sanders and Gerry Conway has been the most enduring.
Nicol further noted that, although they are often called legends of folk-rock, in fact there are actually few traditional songs in the repertoire but rather use of the imagery and themes of the genre. In this Warthog gig, Fairport went back to their formative years. Opening with Walk A While from the early 70s, they also included several numbers from the acclaimed Liege and Leif album: mystical Crazy Man Michael, the stirring Lark In The Morning tune medley, and a rousing Matty Groves which brought the gig to a close.
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