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So, what do musicians do when they have a few hours to kill in Brighton?
Well Peggy, Chris and Simon headed straight to 39 St James's St and The Acoustic Music Company guitar and mandolin shop for some acoustic treats.
Chris is pictured here playing a Tom Ellis F5 mandolin. Simon is pointing at it and Peggy is trying to hide one in his sling...... More...
"As those of you who have attended the tour will know I am not playing bass with the band.
This is due to having cut a tendon in my left hand whilst (wait for it..) emptying the dishwasher!. I am told not to try playing till the end of February.
Luckily my son Matt has stepped in and is doing a fantastic job 'depping' for me. I am still able to get on stage and chip in with a few backing vocals and am on the merch stall helping Martin Driver with sales. It's better than sitting at home and gives me the chance to meet up and chat and tell you about our forthcoming festival. More...
Ian Burgess was on hand in Tewkesbury to capture Fairport's 1st night on this year's Wintour with special guest, Edwina Hayes.
These shots can now be viewed in our gallery here.
The sharp-eyed among you may notice that the bass player has acquired more hair than hitherto. Welcome to the stage - Matt Pegg!!
Chris Leslie has a fantastic new solo CD out called Origins.
You can buy this at the gigs on the Wintour (and get it signed!!) or visit his website and place an order here!