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  • Charlotte O'Sullivan
  • 05-01-2018 11:47:02

After a sell-out show earlier this year, iconic folk group Fairport Convention are returning to Whitby Pavilion by popular demand!

They’ll be heading to the Pavilion Theatre on Friday 9 February 2018, as part of their winter tour.

The folk-rock heroes recently celebrated 50 years of performances with the release of '50:50@50' which featured new original songs and live recordings of various fan favourites.

This winter tour will see the band playing a selection of tracks from the new record, alongside established hits from their ever-growing repertoire.

Founding member Simon Nicol hasn't lost the buzz of performing even after a half-century of tours. “Fairport Convention have been extraordinarily fortunate to create a work ethic based on live performance” says Nicol. “As someone whose hobby ultimately became a career, I'm happy every time the van pulls up outside my house to take me off on my travels, where the stage awaits, and I get a chance to make everyone happy that they made the choice to buy a ticket.”

The group, who revolutionised British folk music with their electric sound and traditional tunes in the summer of love of 1967, has survived numerous line-up changes over the decades and still performs with the passion and precision their reputation demands.

It’s not just the audiences who keep coming, Fairport Convention still attracts critical acclaim and won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award at the turn of the century. Radio 2 listeners also voted one of British folk music’s high water marks - the groundbreaking album ‘Liege & Lief’ - 'The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time’ around the same time and the band still play many songs from the disc during their performances.

Fairport Convention’s current line-up is the longest running in the band's history, and with Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion, audiences across the land will be in safe hands for an unforgettable night of folk history.

The concert will also feature an opening performance by the wonderful singer / songwriter duo Winter Wilson, who have become favourites on the folk scene in the UK and as far away as Australia.

Tickets for ‘Fairport Convention’ at Whitby Pavilion are now on sale priced at £24 and are available from The Pavilion’s Box Office (01947) 458899 and via www.whitbypavilion.co.uk

 

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