Monday, 14 October 2013

Fairport look forward to winter (tour)

Legendary folk band Fairport Convention announced the finalised dates and venues of their Winter Tour today (14 October).
Fairport: put up against a wall and shot (by a photographer)


The thirty-date tour will start at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury on Friday 31 January and visit theatres in England, Wales and Scotland. The final concert of the tour will be at The Union Chapel in London on 9 March.

Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention remains one of the most entertaining bands on the live music scene and their annual Winter Tour has become a much-loved cultural institution.

The band frequently introduces new material as well as drawing on its vast back catalogue so every year's Winter Tour features a unique programme of music. For 2014, Fairport's concerts will feature a mix of material from their most recent album as well as classics from the band's earlier repertoire. There will also be some brand new and previously unperformed songs destined for Fairport's next studio album.

The concerts will open with a short opening solo set from talented singer/songwriter Edwina Hayes. Edwina has worked with Jools Holland, Nanci Griffith and Roger McGuinn among others.


Edwina Hayes photographed at
Fairport's Cropredy Convention 2005 by Kevin Smith
"As a band, we always look to the future," says Simon Nicol who co-founded Fairport Convention in 1967. 


"After nearly fifty years on the road we still really look forward to getting out there to play in front of audiences. Although we regularly record new albums our first love remains live performance."


THOSE 2014 DATES

January
31   Tewkesbury, The Roses Theatre   01684 295074

February
1   Milton Keynes, The Stables   01908 280800
2   Canterbury, The Gulbenkian   01227 769075
4   Oxford, St.John The Evangelist Church   01865 613504
5   Lincoln, Drill Hall   01522 873894
6   Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn   01743 281281
7   New Brighton, Floral Pavilion   0151 666 0000
8   Llandudno, Venue Cymru   01492 872000
9   Salford Quays, The Lowry   0843 208 6000
11  Leamington Spa, Royal Spa Centre   01926 334418
12  Exeter, Corn Exchange   01392 665938
14  Hunstanton, The Princess Theatre   01485 532252
15  Colchester Arts Centre   01206 500900
16  Bury St Edmunds, Apex Theatre   01284 758000
18  Chesterfield, The Winding Wheel   01246 345222
19  Gateshead, Sage Gateshead   0191 443 4661
20  Edinburgh, Queens Hall   0131 668 2019
21  Leeds, City Varieties Music Hall   0113 243 0808
22  Burnley, The Mechanics   01282 664400
23  St Albans, Alban Arena   01727 844488
26  Worthing, Connaught   Theatre 01903 206206
27  Tunbridge Wells, The Assembly Hall Theatre   01892 530613
28  Farnham, The Maltings   01252 745444

March
1   Weston-super-Mare, Playhouse Theatre   01934 645544
2   Pontardawe Arts Centre   01792 863722
4   Birmingham Town Hall   0121 780 3333
5   Ulverston, The Coronation Hall   01229 587140
6   Southport, The Atkinson   01704 533 333
7   Huddersfield, Lawrence Batley Theatre   01484 430528
9   London, The Union Chapel   0207 226 1686

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