Strange Victory in assoc with the CQAF presents
[size=200]Fairport Convention [/size]
with guests Jackson Cage
Tuesday 9th March 2010
The Black Box Belfast
Tickets: £20 (plus booking fee) from all Ticketmaster outlets + door
Formed in April 1967, Fairport Convention rapidly developed from playing cover versions of American west coast style music to an individual style, which melded rock music with traditional English tunes and songs.
The line-up of their most celebrated album, Liege & Lief, comprised Sandy Denny, Ashley Hutchings, Dave Mattacks, Simon Nicol, Dave Swarbrick, and Richard Thompson. This was the album that marked the transition of Fairport Convention from a rock band that used folk music as an influence on their sound, to a band that specialized in reinterpreting traditional English music.
With Liege & Lief, Fairport had invented British folk-rock in spectacular style. It was a milestone album, and an inspiration for many others. Even after more than thirty years, it is still one of the biggest-selling British folk albums, and has been consistently voted into “Best of” lists by pundits and public alike.
Affected by numerous personnel changes throughout its first decade, Fairport Convention was temporarily disbanded in 1979 but played annual reunion concerts until they reformed in 1985. Since then, they have enjoyed stability and continue to tour and record regularly.
In part, the continuing success of Fairport Convention is due to the annual music festival the band organises. Cropredy Festival has been held every year since 1977 near Cropredy, a village five miles north of Banbury, Oxfordshire and attracts 20,000 fans. Now renamed Fairport's Cropredy Convention, it remains one of the key events in the UK folk festival calendar.
BBC Radio 2's Sold On Song TOP 100 songs as voted for by Radio 2 listeners put their early song “Meet On The Ledge” at Number 17. They had performed “Meet on the Ledge” on the 1969 launch of From the Roundhouse (a short-lived BBC youth and arts programme about the London underground scene). In 2002 the band was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and in 2006, Liege & Lief was voted the most influential folk album of all time.
“The end-all be-all British folk-rock band.” – Rolling Stone
'Not only did Fairport Convention invent English folk-rock but they effectively destroyed it, too. Nobody could top the electrified versions of trad ballads such as “Tam Lin” and “Matty Grove”s on their classic, genre-defining Liege & Lief – after that there was nowhere left to go.' –The Times
“The greatest folk-rock band ever formed.” - BBC
TONIGHT! A few tickets still left on the door. Supported by Jackson Cage..
Ah fuck I'm gonna miss this!!! Balls!!