Fairport Convention live in St Albans

Fairport Convention will be appearing live at the Alban Arena [Picture: Ben Nicholson]

Fairport Convention will be appearing live at the Alban Arena [Picture: Ben Nicholson]


VETERAN folk rock band Fairport Convention visit St Albans this weekend.

They will be appearing at the Alban Arena on Saturday from 7.30pm as part of their current UK Winter Tour, which finishes at The Union Chapel, in London, on March 9.

Each concert will open with a short set by John Watterson before Fairport take the stage.

John will perform his own interpretation of songs by the late Jake Thackray, noted for his quirkily humorous lyrics.

“We always enjoy visiting St Albans, the Alban Arena is a great venue to play,” said Fairport Convention’s Simon Nicol, who co-founded the band in 1967.

“Although we regularly record new albums, our first love remains live performance.

“We are really looking forward to getting back on the road – in fact, we’re raring to go.”

He added: “We have just celebrated our first 45 years and now it’s time to move on towards 50 years. Fairport is a band that always looks to the future.”

Fairport Convention features Simon on guitar and lead vocals, Dave Pegg on bass, mandolin and backing vocals, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki and lead vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion.

Formed in 1967’s summer of love, Fairport Convention are hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music.

The group won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s groundbreaking album Liege & Lief the most influential folk album of all time.

Tickets for the show cost £19.50. Call the Alban Arena box office on 01727 844488 or book online at www.alban-arena.co.uk

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