Fairport Convention: new album and classic revival for 2011 UK tour


Fairport Convention: new album and classic revival for 2011 UK tour



Folkrock legends Fairport Convention will start their 2011 Winter Tour on Friday 28 January. This will be the band’s twenty-seventh consecutive Winter Tour and includes 32 venues throughout England and Wales. The tour opens at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury and finishes on Saturday 5 March at Birmingham Town Hall.


Each evening’s concert will include brand new songs from Fairport’s eagerly awaited new album Festival Bell. Released to coincide with the tour, Festival Bell is the first new Fairport Convention studio album for four years. The concerts will feature a selection from the album’s fourteen tracks (which include compositions by members of the band, two songs by renowned singer-songwriter Ralph McTell and a reworking of the Sandy Denny classic Rising For The Moon).


The concerts will open with a set from talented young duo Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts. Fairport will then take the stage to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Babbacombe Lee, the band’s critically acclaimed 1971 folkrock opera. Fairport will play the work in its entirety telling the fascinating story of John ‘Babbacombe’ Lee, a Victorian criminal who was reprieved after three failed attempts to hang him.


“We’re really looking forward to getting on the road again”, says Simon Nicol, Fairport founder-member. “This year, our Winter Tour concerts will be rather different – not only have we got a whole album’s worth of new material to choose from but this will be the first time we’ve played the whole of Babbacombe Lee since the 1970s.”

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Friday 28, The Roses Theatre Tewkesbury

Saturday 29, The Beck Theatre Hayes

Sunday 30, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield



Tuesday 1, Grand Opera House York

Wednesday 2, The Drill Hall Lincoln

Thursday 3, The Civic Hall Crosby

Friday 4, North Wales Theatre Llandudno

Saturday 5, The Mechanics Burnley

Sunday 6, The Assembly Leamington Spa

Monday 7, Queens Theatre Barnstaple

Tuesday 8, The Festival Theatre Chichester

Wednesday 9, The Wyvern Swindon

Thursday 10, The Winding Wheel Chesterfield

Friday 11, The Platform Morecombe

Sunday 13, The Gaiety Douglas

Tuesday 15, Playhouse Theatre Weston-Super-Mare

Wednesday 16, The Assembly Halls Tunbridge Wells

Thursday 17, The Maltings Farnham

Friday 18, The Maltings Farnham

Saturday 19, The Union Chapel London

Sunday 20, Corn Exchange Cambridge

Tuesday 22, The Arts Centre Colchester

Wednesday 23, Assembly House Norwich

Thursday 24, The Alban Arena St Albans

Friday 25, The Corn Exchange Exeter

Saturday 26, Theatre Royal Margate

Sunday 27, The Waterside Aylesbury



Tuesday 1, Town Hall Loughborough

Wednesday 2, St Davids Hall Cardiff

Thursday 3, The Stables Milton Keynes

Friday 4, Theatre Severn Shrewsbury

Saturday 5, Town Hall Birmingham




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