Thursday, 25 August 2011

FolkCast and Cropredy 2012

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As listeners to Edition XVI of Fairport's Cropredy FolkCast will have heard, we at FolkCast are delighted to announce that we have been invited to return as the official podcast of Fairport's Cropredy Convention in 2012.

Our podcasts for this year's festival have been downloaded more than 35,000 times by listeners across Britain and around the world and have brought a new dimension to a fabulous event. For the first time festival-goers - and potential future festival-goers - got a fully featured preview of all the artists on the bill, complete with examples of their music, along with great, amusing stories from members of Fairport Convention, the musical hosts of the world-renowned event that is now in its fourth decade of life.

In addition, FolkCast pulled back the curtain to reveal how a major music festival is produced, talking to Festival Director Gareth Williams in depth about all aspects of rhe work involved in turning the little Oxfordshire village of Cropredy into the annual Fairport's Cropredy Convention, and boosting the local population from a few hundred to around 20,000.

We also spoke to some of the villagers themselves, to learn what they think about the yearly arrival of thousands of people on their doorstep. Their reaction? They love it! The festival does so much good for the area that it is unlikely that the village could survive and thrive in the way it does without the annual economic boost.

During the festival itself we recorded interviews with a wide range of people - musicians, fans, celebrities, Morris men, villagers and festival officials - and uploaded daily podcasts "live" from the field, sending a taste of the Cropredy magic out around the World Wide Web for everyone unable to attend. 

Now thoughts turn to 2012, which is set to be an even bigger event than normal as Fairport Convention clock up 45 years as a band. FolkCast will be on hand to put the best of the fest directly into the ears of thousands of listeners.

We are indebted to Wadworth - brewers of the beers of the Cropredy Festival - for their generous sponsorship and support, without which the podcast would not have been possible.

All 14 editions of the 2011 Cropredy podcasts will be available for free download until the end of this year via http://www.folkcast.co.uk/cropredy or via the iTunes store.

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