14 JUNE 2010 – For immediate release

Line-up change at

Fairport’s Cropredy Convention

Fairport’s Cropredy Convention today announced a change to the line-up of acts appearing at the festival on 13 August 2010.  Up-and-coming alt-country band Ahab will replace BBC Young Folk Award winner James Findlay.

James was to appear on the festival’s main stage on the Friday afternoon. Unfortunately, he has had to cancel his live appearances this year and will not therefore be able to play at Cropredy.

Luckily, Ahab has been able to fill the spot. The London-based five-piece was already booked to perform at The Brasenose Arms as part of the ‘Cropredy Fringe’ and can now look forward to a main stage appearance as well. The band, which cites Fairport Convention and Richard Thompson among their influences, combines instrumental prowess, powerful vocals and an indie edginess.

“It’s a shame James can’t make it,” says Fairport’s singer Simon Nicol, “and we are grateful to Ahab for stepping up to the plate at short notice. Their music is fresh, energetic and very accomplished and we’re sure the Cropredy crowd will love their set.”

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Thursday 12 August 2010

Keith Donnelly & Flossie Malavialle

Keith is well-known for his songwriting skills and top notch guitar playing and French chanteuse Flossie has a wonderful voice. As a duo, they supported Fairport Convention’s winter tour and were a big hit with audiences.


Banbury-based, five-piece Leatherat plays fast and furious folk-based original material.

Thea Gilmore

Local lass Thea has a long association with Fairport Convention. Admired for her beautiful voice, Thea will appear at Cropredy with her backing band.

Pauline Black (Selecter)

Coventry’s 2 Tone record label was in the vanguard of the ska revival and The Selecter enjoyed huge chart success. The members have remained hugely influential ever since and original singer Pauline Black is a stunning performer.

Status Quo

Absolute legends! After 40 years, Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi still front one of the best live rock acts in the world.

Friday 13 August 2010

The Tindalls

This midlands-based musical family combine great playing with close harmonies to perform new and classic folk songs.


Up-and-coming alt-country five-piece Ahab  (who claim ex-Fairport singer-songwriter Richard Thompson among their influences) are fronted by Callum Adamson (son of Big Country’s Stuart Adamson). The band combines instrumental prowess, powerful vocals and an indie edginess.

Little Johnny England

Expect musical pyrotechnics and original compositions from this Northampton-based five-piece folkrock band. Enduringly popular with the Cropredy crowd, this will be Little Johnny England’s third appearance at the festival.


Six-piece Welsh band Mabon puts on a spectacular show with fiery original Celtic material. A classic ‘get you on your feet’ act.

3 Daft Monkeys

‘Back by popular demand’ is a hackneyed phrase but it’s true of this Cornwall-based trio. Their fast’n’funky feel-good set will get the crowd dancing.

Dixie Bee-Liners

Hailing from the USA, this energetic young band has a unique and contemporary take on bluegrass and country music.


Hailed as the first folk orchestra, Bellowhead’s dozen or so musicians present a riot of wonderful music and the band won Best Live Act at the 2010 BBC Folk Awards.

Little Feat

Immensely influential on a whole generation, Little Feat is a truly legendary band. After many changes down the years, the current line-up is as fresh and bold as any of its illustrious forebears.

Saturday 14 August

Richard Digance

Richard’s very popular spot is the customary Saturday opener.


Young and enthusiastic quartet playing songs and tunes from their native Scotland

Martin Taylor Quartet

Django Reinhardt influenced veteran sidesman to Stephane Grappelli, Martin Taylor is a true guitar virtuoso.

Easy Star All-Stars

Imaginative dub-reggae from the world-famous New York collective.

Martyn Joseph

Another legend, singer-songwriter Martyn performs his first set at Cropredy. His rich voice  and unique songs are spellbinding.

Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble

Arguably rock music’s finest keyboard player, classically-trained Rick has a wide musical pedigree and was a pioneer of electronic music. This will be his first visit to Cropredy and he will be backed by The English Rock Ensemble.

Fairport Convention and special guests

As always, the festival will end with a spectacular three-hour set by Fairport Convention and a galaxy of musical guests. Fairport’s Cropredy set gives the band a chance to really stretch its wings and roam far and wide through a repertoire stretching back over forty years.


“Cropredy is as much a British summer institution as Wimbledon”

The Guardian

“A great way to while away an August weekend”

The Sunday Times

“One of the best festivals in the world”

Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2

“What Fairport organise at Cropredy is absolutely fantastic”

Jools Holland


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