By ThePlayhouse at 14:40 on 06/02/13
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FANS of British folk-rock music prepare to be charmed by one of the most entertaining bands on the live music scene.
Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention has just celebrated its 45th anniversary and is better than ever touring UK theatres throughout 2013.
Their tour brings them to The Playhouse Theatre next month (February) where they will perform songs from their most recent studio album, the critically acclaimed Festival Bell.
But Fairport has a vast repertoire to draw on and this concert will include favourites chosen by audiences as well as the new material.
There will also be an opening set from John Watterson who will perform revivals of Jake Thackray's quirky songs.
The current line-up features Simon Nicol on guitar and lead vocals, Dave Pegg on bass and backing vocals, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki and lead vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion.
Fairport Convention started out rehearsals at a house named Fairport, the family home of Simon Nicol, thus was born the name of a band that has endured for nearly four decades.
The band played it first concert in a church hall in May 1967 and within months they signed a contract with Island Records and released their first album by the end of the year.
Over the decades the band has gone from strength to strength and is still one of the busiest bands around packing venues on its frequent tours.
Fairport Convention won the coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport's ground breaking album Liege & Lief 'The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time'.
Whether you are a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music an evening with Fairport Convention will surprise and delight you.
Fairport Convention will be at the Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare, on Thursday 14 February at 7.30pm. Tickets £19, £17.50 concessions are available on 01934 645 544 or online at http://tinyurl.com/ckzqxvr
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2013