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Every other year, The Acoustic Festival of Great Britain gives its own Lifetime Achievement Award to an act which best exemplifies the unplugged and acoustic style for which the festival is known. This year the award will go to Fairport Convention and it will be presented when the band appears at the event in Uttoxeter tonight.
Other acts on that day's bill include Seth Lakeman Band, The Illegal Eagles, and Moulettes.
The Special Guest on Fairport's 2013 Wintour, Fake Thackray (aka John Watterson), headed to the Radio 4 studios this week to guest on Mattew Parris' "Great Lives" show. They were joined by the Peep Show's Isy Suttie to recount the life, times and inspriration of Jake Thackray.
The show will be repeated tomorrow (Friday) at 23.00 but you can catch up on the podcast right now.
Former Fairporter, Maartin Allcock, will be taking part in the 10th Annual Peter Cowap Music Festival, a musical celebration of Middleton's legendary guitarist.
Playing along with him will be 10cc drummer Paul Burgess, keyboard player Stephen Owen, and budding young Manchester bassist Mike Power.
This will be Maart’s first appearance in Middleton since appearing at the Civic Hall with Fairport Convention in 1997. More...
Fairport are in the studio this week to begin work on their forthcoming new album.
And here's a picture of producer/engineer John Gale staring at a screen. There's a lot of that goes on....