Veteran folk-rock band Fairport Convention have announced 2015 Winter Tour which starts at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury on 29 January and finishes at the Union Chapel, Islington, London on 1 March (dates below).
Although not part of the Winter Tour, Fairport’s first gig in 2015 will be a headline appearance at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of the prestigious Celtic Connections music festival.
This will be the first chance for many fans to take in songs and tunes from Fairport’s brand new album Myths & Heroes, the first Fairport Convention studio album for four years which will be released to coincide with the tour. Each concert will open with a short guest performance by talented guitar-fiddle duo Kevin Dempsey and Rosie Carson.
After nearly fifty years as a working band, Fairport’s annual Winter Tour has become a much-loved institution. With its vast back catalogue to draw on, the band presents a fresh concert repertoire each year.
“Fairport always looks to the future and we regularly record new albums,” says Simon Nicol who co-founded the band in 1967. “But our first love is still performing live. So we’re really looking forward to getting on the road again, especially as this year we’ve got a whole album’s worth of new material to introduce to our audiences.”
Formed in 1967’s ‘summer of love’, Fairport Convention has been delighting audiences for over four decades. Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, the band is still as vibrant and inventive as ever. Fairport has 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’.
29, Roses Theatre Tewkesbury
30, The Cathedral Lichfield
31, The Atkinson Southport
01, Coronation Hall Ulverston
03, Cheese & Grain Frome
04, The Swan High Wycombe
05, Connaught Theatre Worthing
06, Playhouse Theatre Weston-Super-Mare
07, The Garage Swansea
10, Winding Wheel Chesterfield
11, The Lowry Salford
13, The Maltings Farnham
14, Apex Theatre Bury St Edmunds
15, Princess Theatre Hunstanton
17, City Varieties Music Hall Leeds
18, Sage Gateshead
19, The Mechanics Burnley
20, Alban Arena St Albans
21, The Stables Milton Keynes
22, The Drill Hall Lincoln
24, Gulbenkian Theatre Canterbury
25, Assembly Hall Theatre Tunbridge Wells
26, Theatre Severn Shrewsbury
27, Town Hall Birmingham
28, Electric Palace Bridport
01, Union Chapel Islington