14 JUNE 2010 For immediate release
Line-up change at
Fairports Cropredy Convention
Fairports 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 festivals 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.
Its a shame James cant make it, says Fairports 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 were sure the Cropredy crowd will love their set.
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CROPREDY 2010 LINE-UP
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 Conventions winter tour and were a big hit with audiences.
Banbury-based, five-piece Leatherat plays fast and furious folk-based original material.
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)
Coventrys 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.
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
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 fastnfunky feel-good set will get the crowd dancing.
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, Bellowheads dozen or so musicians present a riot of wonderful music and the band won Best Live Act at the 2010 BBC Folk Awards.
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
Richards 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.
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 musics 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”
“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”