Fairport Convention is still one of the busiest bands around. The current line-up of Simon Nicol (lead vocal, rhythm and electric guitars), Dave Pegg (backing vocals, bass guitar, mandolin), Ric Sanders (violin), Chris Leslie (lead vocal, fiddle, bouzouki, banjo, mandolin and woodwind) and Gerry Conway (percussion and drums) still packs venues on its frequent tours.
This year the band released their new live recording from their 50th anniversary concert at 2018’s Cropredy Festival “What We Did On Our Saturday” featuring the current line up, plus former Fairporters Richard Thompson, Ashley Hutchings, Judy Dyble, Dave Mattacks, Iain Matthews and Maartin Allcock, ably assisted by their friends Ralph McTell, Sally Barker, Chris While and PJ Wright.
Dave Pegg, who missed the band’s appearance at the first Costa Del Folk festival in 2014 due to an injury to his hand, is delighted to be coming in October 2019. Dave says ‘For the last four years the guys have been winding me up, saying what a great festival I missed, so I am really looking forward to playing and joining the Costa festivities.’
In the meantime enjoy Fairport Convention – Matty Groves: