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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

New folk's home: Fairport Convention's Simon Nicol on the magic of Cropredy Festival

The Oxford Times: Cropredy is new folk's homeCropredy is new folk's home
Cropredy’s Simon Nicol tells Tim Hughes it’s their ‘don’t mess with the magic’ approach and exciting new music that makes the festival so well loved
For a man who is ready to welcome 20,000 people to his own festival, Simon Nicol seems oddly relaxed. The founder member of Fairport Convention has spent the past few months booking bands and getting involved in the minutiae of running the three-day event around which the band’s year rotates — Cropredy Festival.
It’s no mean feat, even with the help of his bandmates Dave ‘Peggy’ Pegg, Ric Sanders, Chris Leslie and Gerry Conway and festival director Gareth Williams. Yet Simon retains the unflappable air of a man who takes it all in his stride — despite having been forced to find a new home for the festival office; its former base in Chipping Norton is facing redevelopment.
“Everything is on track. And, as if we weren’t busy enough, we have just moved office,” he says calmly, while at work at the new Fairport HQ in Over Norton.
“We jumped before we were pushed. It’s a lovely place, though we are still unpacking boxes we last saw in a different post code.”
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