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We are delighted to announce the first acts booked for Fairport's Cropredy Convention 2008.
Our headliners on Thursday 7 August will be SUPERGRASS. This fabulous Oxford four-piece band has released three platinum-selling albums and their joyous guitar-driven music and fun-loving attitude are ideally suited to Cropredy's vibe.
Friday night will be headlined by legendary folkrockers LEVELLERS. The band was recently honoured with the award for 'Festival Feel-Good Act' at the 2007 UK Festival Awards. Bring your dancing shoes!
Every year, Fairport Convention invites the winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award to play a spot at Cropredy.
Six finalists took part in this year's awards ceremony in London at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Friday 7 December. The event was staged by Smooth Operations and Mrs Casey Music and was hosted by Radio 2 presenter Mike Harding. The winning act was Scottish vocal/intrumental duo Jeana Leslie and Siobhan Miller.
Simon Nicol, accompanied by Stevie and Andy of Iconic, represented Fairport's Cropredy Convention at the event. More...
Two new bells were cast for Cropredy church at Whitechapel Bell Foundry in November. The village has been running a 'Bell Restoration and Augmentation Appeal' fund to complete the peal.
A substantial part of the sum required was raised at Fairport's Cropredy Convention 2006 by festival-goers. On 24 November, Fairport played a benefit concert in the church (see below) which coincided with the casting of the bells.
A group of Cropredy bellringers went to Whitechapel Foundry to watch the new bells being cast.Inscriptions had been set in the moulding: the new treble is named St Mary and inscribed Cropredy Villagers gave me. The second bell is inscribed Fairport Convention Festival Bell to acknowledge Fairport Convention and the festival's association with the village. More...
Fairport Convention's collaboration with the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards reflects our commitment to the future of folk music in the UK. The final of the 2007 competition took place at the Union Chapel, Islington, on Friday 1 December where the winning act was announced: four-piece instrumental band Last Orders.
Each year's winner is invited to perform at Fairport's Cropredy Convention as well as record a session for Mike Harding's show on Radio 2, play at Cambridge and Towersey festivals and enjoy a year's free membership of the Musicians Union.
Simon and Sylvia Nicol represented Fairport Convention at this year's ceremony. "The final was a wonderful event," says Simon. "The contestants ranged in age from 15 to 19 and each brought a musical maturity to the proceedings which frankly defies understanding. The youngest, Ryan Young from Loch Lomond was visibly daunted in that lanky, gangly manner adolescents sometimes can't avoid - as if his limbs were slightly too far away from him - his voice threatening to break away from his control when he spoke; but as soon as bow touched string a complete sense of calm and at-easeness descended and the music took over. We'll hear much from this hugely talented interpreter in due course." More...