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Fairport Convention: Babbacombe Lee

Review by Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, April 1972

FOR THEIR SEVENTH album, Fairport Convention has presented us with a "concept" or "unified theme" LP (avoiding the oppro-briously-connotated term "rock opera"). ...

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Fairport Convention's Simon Nicol (1991)

Interview by 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.

File format: mp3; file size: 50.2mb, interview length: 52' 16" sound quality: *****

Fairport Convention's Dave Pegg (1995)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 1995

Dave Pegg talks about Liege & Lief, Unhalfbricking, the departure of Richard Thompson and the death of Sandy Denny.

File format: mp3; file size: 35.4mb; Interview length: 38' 43"; sound quality: *****

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Pink Floyd, Incredible String Band, Tomorrow, Tim Rose, Fairport Convention: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, 7 October 1967

SUNDAY'S SAVILLE bill was most groovy, opening with the Fairport Convention who are beginning to find their way, followed by American Tim Rose who was ...

8th National Jazz & Blues Festival: Lazy Sunbury Afternoon...

Live Review by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, 17 August 1968


Fairport Convention's Martin Lamble: Previous Occupation — Child

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 24 May 1969

THEY WERE playing 'Meet On The Ledge' at London clubs last week. It is a tune people most associate with Fairport Convention. ...

The Rolling Stones, Plastic Ono Band et al: New Singles

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 5 July 1969

ROLLING STONES: 'Honky Tonk Women'/'You Can't Always Get What You Want' (Decca). An important single for the Stones, but a disappointment for us . ...

Joe Boyd: Freaky Galahad

Profile by Geoffrey Cannon, The Guardian, 29 July 1969

"WELL, YOU'D put your arm round its neck, y'know, like this" (demonstrating) "and hold it on the seat next to you, like another person." ...

Fairport Convention: Unhalfbricking — Is This Word Pornographic?

Profile and Interview by Lon Goddard, Record Mirror, 2 August 1969

Lon Goddard from the Underworld ...

Fairport Convention: What We Did On Our Holidays

Review by John Mendelsohn, Rolling Stone, 6 September 1969

THE FIRST thing I did on receiving this album in the mail was stick it in my cardboard album box – with a good mind ...

Fairport Convention: Fairport Convention (A&M SP 4199)

Review by Danny Goldberg, Fusion, 3 October 1969

THIS RECORD would be worth the price of purchase just for one cut: the group's rendition of an early Dylan song 'I'll Keep It With ...

Added attractions to Fairport's concert... plus Gypsy

Review and Interview by Lon Goddard, Record Mirror, 4 October 1969

LAST Wednesday's Fairport Convention concert at the Royal Festival Hall contained additions to the great prospect of Sandy and the bunch live on stage. Fairport's ...

Fairport Convention: Fairfield Hall, Croydon

Live Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, 18 October 1969

THERE'S only one question in my mind after having heard the Fairport Convention's superlatively excellent performance at the Fairfield Hall last Friday: why the hell ...

Fairport Convention: Liege and Lief (Island Stereo ILPS 9115).

Review by Lon Goddard, Record Mirror, 27 December 1969

RELEASED AFTER Sandy and Tiger left the group, this LP would appear to be the last by the Fairports in their most famous line-up, with ...

Fairport Convention: Partings and Laments

Interview by Lon Goddard, Record Mirror, 3 January 1970

THE FAIRPORTS' newest LP Leige And Leif is by far the best thing they've done in the eyes of the Crawling. In the eyes of ...

Fairport Convention, the Humblebums: Lyceum Ballroom, London

Live Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 21 March 1970

ANY DOUBTS about the future of the new-look Fairport Convention since Sandy Denny's departure were immediately shattered after their opening number at the Lyceum on ...

Fairport Convention et al: Electric folk

Overview by Karl Dallas, The Times, 18 April 1970

IT IS EASY to forget that pop, nowadays, has become an organic process. The music industry is still mostly in the hands of people whose ...

Matthews Southern Comfort and Fairport Convention: The Roundhouse

Live Review by Karl Dallas, The Times, 25 April 1970

If A PROMENADE CONCERT, in the traditional Royal Albert Hall manifestation, is an event allowing for direct comparisons between related but differing musics, then Thursday ...

Fairport Convention: Troubadour, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 1970

English Folk Material by Fairport Convention ...

Fairport Convention: Unhalfbricking/Liege and Lief

Review by John Mendelssohn, Rolling Stone, 11 June 1970

UNHALFBRICKING AND Liege and Lief are the two last albums by the Fairport Convention with Sandy Denny. ...

Fairport Convention: Full House (Island)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 11 July 1970

AYE, GATHER round me bully boys – once there was a time when Fairport albums were as hard to obtain as a Grope O'Shanter at ...

Incredible String Band, Fairport Convention: Palladium, London

Live Review by Andrew Means, Melody Maker, 1 August 1970

Incredible night of string bands ...

Fairport Convention, Roger Ruskin Spear, Allan Taylor: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, 17 October 1970


Fairport Convention: Angel Delight

Review by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, 16 September 1971

Angel Delight is a happy event, for it sharpens and solidifies the tentative steps the Fairport Convention took in Full House, their first post-Sandy Denny ...

King Crimson, Fairport Convention: Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 21 March 1972

KING CRIMSON, which performed locally for the first time in two years Sunday afternoon at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, is the very embodiment of ...

Fairport Convention: Babbacombe Lee

Review by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, 13 April 1972

"JOHN LEE, the jury has found you guilty of willful murder, and the sentence of the court upon you is that you be taken from ...

Richard Thompson: The Session Great That Nobody Knows

Interview by Tony Norman, New Musical Express, 22 June 1972

THE TERM "GUITAR hero" is used with increasing regularity. Pete Townshend's splintering aggressive antics have won him the tag; Alvin "up and down the fretboard ...

Fairport Convention: Town Hall, Watford

Live Review by Rosalind Russell, Disc, 10 February 1973

Fairport Below Par ...

Fairport Convention: Rosie

Review by Mark Leviton, Let It Rock, April 1973

THE NEW Fairport Convention LP is going to alienate some fans – a radical change in musical approach by a popular band will always do ...

Fairport Convention: The Banana Convention

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 30 June 1973

THE WAY DAVE PEGG sees it, what America needs is Fairport Convention's High Banana Content Programme. ...

Fairport Convention: Fairport And The Mysterious Lady

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 7 July 1973

"FOTHERINGPORT CONFUSION", states Trevor Lucas with a wry smile. That's his pet description of the present Fairport Convention. After all, the band comprises part of ...

Fairport Convention: Nine (Island)

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 6 October 1973

I'VE BEEN trying for some time not to like a Fairport Convention album. After the endless catalogue of disaster and misfortune, it seemed vaguely unnatural ...

The Strawbs: Hero and Heroine; Fairport Convention: Nine

Review by Ken Barnes, Rolling Stone, 25 April 1974

The Strawbs and Fairport Convention are conveniently linked by their past importance in modernizing the British folk scene (and their use, at different times, of ...

Fairport Convention: A Society For The Preservation Of Fairport Convention Will No Longer Be Necessary

Report and Interview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 28 September 1974

Sickness and diseases may bring you down, and FAIRPORT CONVENTION have had more than their share, but they always come back for more. BOB WOFFINDEN ...

Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, Alan Stivell: The New Face Of Ethnic Music

Overview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 28 December 1974

Are Steeleye Span last year's thing? Is Alan Stivell just a Celtic showman? And where is Richard Thompson now that Bob Woffinden needs him most ...

John Wood: Pioneer of the 'English Sound'

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, 26 June 1976

THOUGH SOUND recording celebrates its centenary next year, it is only in the past ten to 16 years that studio techniques have reached the present ...

Goin' Back With Ian Matthews, part 1

Retrospective and Interview by John Tobler, ZigZag, September 1976

IT CAME AS no great surprise to me that Ian Matthews should come quite so high in the recent poll concerning who you'd like to ...

Richard Thompson: A New Light

Interview by Steve Burgess, Dark Star, December 1978

I HAVE THIS adrenaline-fueled, hyper-hallucinatory recall of the first time I saw Richard Thompson away from club stages and makeshift podiums in Hyde Park. He ...

Led Zeppelin, Utopia, Southside Johnny, Chas And Dave, Commander Cody, Fairport Convention: Knebworth Festival, Knebworth House, Herts

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, David Hepworth, Sounds, 11 August 1979


Joe Boyd: "Our own little Motown"

Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, June 1987

In the late '60s, Joe Boyd helped create a peculiarly English form of folk-psychedelia, producing albums for Fairport Convention, The Incredible String Band and Nick ...

Fairport Convention: Trebles all round!

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, March 1989

The revived Fairport Convention are celebrating their thriving cottage industry, Woodworm Records, with a 40-date tour. But it wasn’t always beer and skittles... ...

Fairport Convention: Conventional behaviour

Report and Interview by Martin Aston, The Independent, 17 August 1990

Martin Aston spoke to the members of Fairport Convention ahead of their anual reunion show at this week's Copredy Folk Festival ...

AUDIO: Fairport Convention's Simon Nicol (1991)

Audio transcript of interview by John Tobler, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1991

This is a transcript of John's audio interview with Simon. Listen to the audio of this interview. ...

Fairport Convention

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, August 1994

I'M MARTIN," SAYS THE ONE WITH THE CURLY HAIR. "D'you know Ken Dodd's dad's dog died?" ...

Fairport Convention: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, April 1995

TWO FAIRPORTS STILL STICK IN my mind from the late '60s, early '70s. The first was London's answer to Jefferson Airplane, furiously eclectic and frequently ...

Dave Pegg: An Interview

Profile and Interview by Alan Clayson, Record Collector, 1997

Alan Clayson reels in the years of the multi-faceted mainstay of Fairport Convention. ...

Fairport Convention: Now Be Thankful...

Overview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, February 1997

…for 30 years of Fairport Convention. Jim Irvin gets a guided tour through their scrapbook of joy, tears, beers, jigs, reels and panties. ...

Fairport Convention 30th Anniversary: Cropredy Festival, Oxfordshire

Review by Colin Harper, MOJO, October 1997

IF SOMEBODY back in the "summer of love" had told Ashley Hutchings, Richard Thompson and Judy Dyble – members of North London's premier Jefferson Airplane ...

Angel Of Avalon: Sandy Denny

Retrospective by Jim Irvin, MOJO, June 1998

Revered by everyone from Frank Zappa to The Spice Girls. Led Zeppelin's one and only guest star. One of Britain's greatest singers. Yet her true ...

Fairport Convention: Chronicles

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, May 2005

FAIRPORT'S ANNUAL reunion festival at Cropredy in Oxfordshire celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, long since established as one of the primo dates on the ...

Joe Boyd: White Bicycles – Making Music in the 1960s (Serpent's Tail)

Book Review by Robert Sandall, The Sunday Times, 14 May 2006

THIS PROTEIN-PACKED memoir entwines a number of stories that reach well beyond the subtitle's modest brief. At one level it's a boy's own adventure. Joe ...

Fairport Convention: Fairport Still On Course At 40

Interview by j. poet, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 June 2006

FAIRPORT CONVENTION kicked the British folk revival into high gear in 1969 when they released Liege and Lief, their first album with Sandy Denny as ...

Fairport Convention: "There was a manic feeling in the air"

Retrospective and Interview by John Harris, The Guardian, 3 August 2007

In 1969, reeling from the shock of a tragic car crash, Fairport Convention recorded an album that would change British folk for ever. John Harris ...

Fairport Convention: Come all ye rolling minstrels

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Young, Uncut, September 2007

They were a bunch of uptight Londoners who wanted to be the Byrds. But after a tragic road crash, Fairport Convention holed up in the ...

Judy Dyble

Retrospective and Interview by Richie Unterberger, Record Collector, September 2007

IMAGINE BEING the original woman singer in the most esteemed British folk-rock group of all – only to be replaced, after just one album, by ...

What They Did On Their Holidays: Fairport Convention at Farley House, Summer 1969

Book Excerpt by Rob Young, 'Electric Eden' (Faber), August 2010

NOTE: This is an excerpt from Rob Young's superb new folk opus Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music, published in August 2010 by Faber & ...

Sandy Denny: Sandy Denny

Review by Jim Irvin, The Word, September 2010

A monumental box for a great voice. ...

Sandy Denny: "I don't think she ever gave the future the time of day…"

Retrospective by Rob Young, Uncut, October 2010

When Sandy Denny left Fairport Convention at the height of their success, she seemed destined for solo stardom. What went wrong? With the help of ...

Fairport's Cropredy Convention

Live Review by Mike Atherton, Record Collector, November 2012

IN MIDDLE ENGLAND, an Oxfordshire field came back to life to celebrate the 45th anniversary of folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention, whose acoustic set launched this ...

see also Sandy Denny

see also Judy Dyble

see also Ashley Hutchings

see also Bob Pegg

see also Steeleye Span

see also Richard Thompson

see also Dave Swarbrick

see also Jerry Donahue


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