"SO Ric, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention is up for a Prog Rock gong in the best live event category for 2014."
“Oh, is it,” exclaims the band’s violin, mandolin and ukulele player in surprise. “That’s brilliant. I really didn’t know, thanks for telling me… it was a great festival last year though.”
Warming to the theme Ric Sanders, whose CV includes working with Robert Plant, Soft Machine, Jethro Tull and Rick Wakeman, goes on: “I’m an old progger myself – a massive King Crimson fan.
“We’ve got Fish this year, too,” he adds, continuing the prog theme. That’s right, along with - and how’s this for outrageous diversity - silver haired, golden throated country star Emmylou Harris, the Everly Brother’s raucous Scottish cousins The Proclaimers, deep’n’funky Level 42 and high energy dub-reggae-dance merchants Dreadzone.
It unquestionably hasn’t, for many years, been a folk festival despite an ongoing perception along with a leaning towards traditional styled music from the festival’s supporting cast.
“It’s a music festival,” proclaims Ric. “We don’t think of ourselves as a folk festival, not unless you count Alice Cooper as a folk singer…although you could say all music is folk music.”
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