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Fairport Convention Autumn 2023 UK Tour, Celebrating 56 Years of British Folk Rock

Jul 24, 2023

Fairport Convention has been making great music for over 56 years. Credited with originating British folk-rock music, the band has been through many changes but the current members retain a passion for live performance.

Ahead of the band’s return to the fields of Oxfordshire for their Cropredy Convention this August, legendary British folk rockers Fairport Convention have announced dates for their extended Autumn 2023 UK Tour…

Starting in Lowdham’s The Village Hall on Friday, October 6th, the nationwide jaunt will take in 25 dates across England, Scotland and Wales, before winding up at The Exchange in Twickenham on Saturday 4th November.

This follows an already packed year of shows – including the band’s Winter Tour earlier in the year, in the company of celebrated former-drummer Dave Mattacks – plus forays to both France and Ibiza, as well as a handful of summer warm-up dates.

“As ever, the excitement steadily grows as Cropredy* weekend looms larger in the calendar: without doubt it is the personal highlight of the year for each of us in the band as well as for many of the regular attendees. Who will deliver the greatest surprise? Whose performance will live longest in the memory? Will there be an actual “you had to be there….” moment?

All the build up and then suddenly the moment is gone and we have another twelve months to wait – but the batteries have been recharged and the level of love for all things Fairport is polished like the trophy it is.

When October comes round, we’ll be regrouping and returning to our natural home – the van on a motorway somewhere, back on the road and touring our music on smaller stages around the country, revisiting favourites and making new ones, seeing old friends and eating and drinking in favourite watering holes: returning in a small way the love people bring from their home towns to the Brigadoon which is the Festival site of Cropredy. We hope you can come and join the fun and enjoy the songs old and new.”   
Simon Nicol, Fairport Convention 

2023 will see the band that pioneered the UK Folk Rock sound celebrate 56 years in business, and whilst Fairport Convention has seen many changes in that time, one thing has remained the same – their passion for performance.

With more than half a century’s back catalogue to choose from, fans can expect to hear long-established Fairport favourites, surprises from albums old and new, and maybe even the odd unexpected cover.

“They’re a band still in control of their material, and, more important, still having fun with it.” 
The Times, 2023

Fairport Convention Autumn Tour 2023

Fri, 06th Oct 2023
Lowdham
Village Hall – TICKETS

Sat, 07th Oct 2023
Boston
Blackfriars Arts Centre – TICKETS


Sun, 08th Oct 2023
Goole
Junction – TICKETS


Mon, 09th Oct 2023
Banbury
The Mill – TICKETS


Wed, 11th Oct 2023
Maidenhead
Norden Farm – TICKETS


Thu, 12th Oct 2023
Leek
Foxlowe Arts Centre – TICKETS


Fri, 13th Oct 2023
Masham
Town Hall – TICKETS


Sat, 14th Oct 2023
Settle
Victoria Hall – TICKETS


Sun, 15th Oct 2023
Melbourne
Assembly Rooms – TICKETS


Wed, 18th Oct 2023
Cirencester
Sundial Theatre – TICKETS


Thu, 19th Oct 2023
Pentyrch
Acapela Studio – SOLD OUT!


Fri 20th Oct 2023
Honiton
The Beehive – TICKETS


Sat, 21st Oct 2023
Sheffield Green
Trading Boundaries  – TICKETS


Sun, 22nd Oct 2023
Canterbury
Chilham Village Hall – TICKETS


Tue, 24th Oct 2023
Sheffield
Crookes Club – TICKETS


Wed, 25th Oct 2023
Leeds
City Varieties Music Hall – TICKETS


Thu, 26th Oct 2023
Carlisle
Old Fire Station – TICKETS


Fri, 27th Oct 2023
Hexham
Queen’s Hall – TICKETS


Sat, 28th Oct 2023
Berwick upon Tweed
The Maltings – TICKETS


Sun, 29th Oct 2023
Edinburgh
Queen’s Hall – TICKETS


Tue, 31st Oct 2023
Cambridge
Junction – TICKETS


Wed, 01st Nov 2023
Cromer
Cromer Pier – TICKETS


Thu, 02nd Nov 2023
Aldeburgh
Jubilee Hall – TICKETS


Fri, 03rd Nov 2023
Hertford
St Andrews Church – TICKETS


Sat, 04th Nov 2023
Twickenham
The Exchange – TICKETS

*Cropredy is a pretty village five miles north of Banbury in Oxfordshire. Since 1976, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention has seen the tranquil Oxfordshire community come alive with the best of the UK’s Folk, Rock and Pop purveyors, welcoming an invasion of up to 20,000 music-lovers each year.

This year’s programming is as eclectic as ever, with Thursday night’s slot playing host to the iconic Nile Rogers & CHIC, whilst Friday night will see English Rock-Royalty 10cc and The Strawbs take to the stage.

There’s also appearances from Toyah & Robert TrippBeans on Toast, and a healthy dose of bass courtesy of Easy Star All Stars.

The acclaimed “Friendliest Festival in the World” takes place this year on the 10th – 12th August, and as always, will be opened and headlined by Fairport Convention, alongside some very special friends. Limited tickets are still available to purchase here

For further information please visit:www.fairportconvention.com

 

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