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AUDIO: Fairport Convention's Simon Nicol (1991)

John Tobler, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1991

The veteran Fairports guitarist talks about the group's evolution, from first meeting Ashley Hutchings at school to its present day line-up: Richard Thompson and Judy Dyble joining; being signed by Joe Boyd to Witchseason Productions; their first recordings; the introduction of Sandy Denny, and the move towards more traditional folk; the crash that killed drummer Martin Lamble; new members Dave Mattacks and Dave Swarbrick; albums such as Unhalfbricking and Liege and Lief; Sandy and Ashley leaving, and then Nicol's own comings and goings to and from the band, setting up the Cropredy festival, and the band's continuing existence.

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