FAIRPORTS CROPREDY 2011 THE LINE UP

FEBRUARY 2011 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Variety the key at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2011 Fairport Convention today announces the line-up for its annual music festival, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention. The festival also announces that tickets will go on sale on Tuesday 1 March. Billed as ‘Britain’s Friendliest Festival’, the three-day event will take place on Thursday 11, Friday 12 and Saturday 13 August 2011. The festival will be held at its usual site on farmland north of Banbury, Oxfordshire, three miles from Junction 11 of the M40 motorway. Headliners include reggae legends UB40, guitar-pop band The Coral, bluesman Seasick Steve, acclaimed singer-songwriter Badly Drawn Boy, Blockheads (best known as Ian Dury’s band), America’s Hayseed Dixie and, as special guests, Irish rockers Horslips. Cropredy will also present the winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. This year the lucky youngsters are a trio named Moore, Moss, Rutter. As usual, the festival has a strong contingent of folk music acts including award-winning Lau, The Urban Folk Quartet, and recently-reformed folk legends Home Service. “We always strive to bring variety to Cropredy,” says Simon Nicol, Fairport’s lead singer and festival co-organiser. “This year is no exception and we’ve got everything from pop, rock and reggae to folk and bluegrass with some surprises thrown in. The line-up this year caters to a very diverse range of tastes with something for every age group – that, of course, reflects the all-generations audience who come to our festival.” Last year, a programme of musical highlights from Fairport’s Cropredy Convention was broadcast on Sky Arts 1 HD television channel. Sky Arts 1 is expected to record the festival again in 2011 with transmission pencilled in for later in the year. In 2011, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention won the covetted Editor’s Award at Total Production International’s annual TPi Awards. ENDS (250 words) LINE-UP AND NOTES FOLLOW ___________________________ CROPREDY 2011 LINE-UP (Note: all acts subject to contract) Thursday 11 August 2011 Fairport Acoustic Convention A warm welcome to the festival and a short opening set from the host band’s semi-acoustic line-up. http://www.fairportconvention.com Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts Nominated for a BBC Horizon Award, this bold young guitar and fiddle duo supported Fairport Convention’s winter tour and their most recent album received a four-star rave review in Mojo magazine. http://www.gilmoreroberts.co.uk/ Blair Dunlop Talented young singer-guitarist Blair Dunlop takes the main stage for the first time having played the Cropredy Fringe last year. The son of former Fairport founder Ashley Hutchings, Blair numbers Big Session and Towersey among his festival appearances. http://www.blairdunlop.com Home Service Born out of the Albion Band, Home Service was one of the best-loved groups on the British folkrock scene. Now reforming for 2011, John Tams, Graeme Taylor and the band are returning to Cropredy (Home Service played the festival twice in the 1980s). With a distinctive brass sound and great repertoire Home Service’s reunion performance is a must for folk fans. http://www.graemetaylor.com/homeservice.html Hayseed Dixie Nashville’s Appalachian hellraisers, Hayseed Dixie, take American bluegrass and give it a rock edge, a style they describe as ‘rockgrass.’ The band is best known for its hillbilly renditions of Dixiefied rock classics but they also have an impressive repertoire of self-penned songs http://www.hayseed-dixie.com UB40 One of the most influential reggae outfits in the world UB40 has sold more than 70 million records during an illustrious musical career. Combining political messages of tolerance and hope with world-class musicianship, the band remains as popular as ever. http://www.ub40.co.uk Friday 12 August 2011 Moore, Moss, Rutter Each year Cropredy proudly presents a set by the winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. This year the lucky youngsters are a superb young trio featuring Tom Moore on fiddle, Archie Churchill-Moss on melodeon and Jack Rutter on guitar. Their gutsy music is strongly based in the English tradition but has a bright contemporary feel. http://www.myspace.com/mooremossrutter The Travelling Band With a Radio 6 ‘Album of the Day’ and a Radio 2 ‘Single of the week’ under their belt, this Manchester-based group’s exciting blend of country-pop and nu-folk has made them one of the most talked about bands on the festival scene. http://www.thetravellingband.com Steve Tilston A welcome return to Cropredy for an old friend, singer-songwriter and guitarist Steve Tilston. This year he will appear with folk, roots and alt-country harmony outfit, The Durbervilles, renowned for their broadcasts on BBC Radio Leeds. http://www.steve-tilston.co.uk http://www.durbervilles.co.uk Charlie Dore With five albums of self-penned songs to her credit, acclaimed singer-songwriter Charlie Dore makes a welcome first visit to Cropredy. Her acoustic set is eclectic and diverse with a distinctive blend of folk and country influences. http://www.charliedore.com The Dylan Project A warm welcome back to Fairport’s very own homage to Bob Dylan. Featuring Steve Gibbons on vocals and PJ Wright on guitar, the Dylan Project plays the very best from Dylan’s magnificent repertoire. http://www.dylanproject.co.uk The Urban Folk Quartet Fronted by Joe Broughton, these accomplished young musicians with a dozen instruments between add up to a high-energy show of globally-influenced folk. http://www.theurbanfolkquartet.com The Coral Merseyside guitar-rock at its finest, The Coral’s electrifying stage show features snappy upbeat songs shaped by influences ranging from folk-rock to psychedelia, from country to indie. Not to be missed. http://www.thecoral.co.uk Seasick Steve Brit-nominated Steve is one of the greatest living exponents of authentic blues music. California-born, Steve’s rich voice and extraordinary guitar technique have won critical acclaim and made him one of Britain’s most sought-after festival acts. http://www.seasicksteve.com Saturday 13 August 2011 Richard Digance Richard’s crowd-pleasing Saturday opener has become a traditional feature of Cropredy. http://www.richarddigance.com The Shee This six-piece all-female band showcases three powerful vocalists and great multi-instrumental prowess. The group draws on a diverse range of musical influences including Gaelic traditions and bluegrass. http://www.theshee.com Blockheads Part jazz-funk, part Cockney knees-up and best-known as Ian Dury’s band, Blockheads remain one of the tightest outfits in the business. The Blockheads repertoire includes classic Dury-penned songs as well as more recent compositions. http://www.theblockheads.com Lau Virtuoso guitar/accordion/fiddle trio Lau was voted ‘Best Group’ at the BBC Folk Awards. Their live show brings a fresh contemporary feel to traditional Scottish folk music. http://www.lau-music.co.uk Horslips Irish music doesn’t get much better than Horslips, the founding fathers of Celtic rock. Without a doubt, the most influential band to come out of Ireland in the 1970s, the band reformed in 2009. Horslips puts on a fantastic live show – dancing room down at the front! http://www.horslips.ie Badly Drawn Boy Mercury-winner Damon Gough (aka Badly Drawn Boy) is one of the UK’s most respected singer-songwriters. Despite considerable chart success and the blandishments of the music industry he remains one of the most distinctive musical voices of his generation. http://www.badlydrawnboy.co.uk Fairport Convention and guests As always, the festival will end with a spectacular three-hour set by Fairport Convention and their 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. http://www.fairportconvention.com CROPREDY 2011 TICKET PRICES Tickets for Fairport’s Cropredy Convention go on sale Tuesday 1 March 2011. There are substantial discounts for early purchase. As in previous years, the festival offers three-day (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) tickets, two-day (Friday and Saturday) tickets, and Saturday-only tickets. Prices for tickets purchased before 1 June 2011 are: Three-day tickets £90 Two-day tickets £80 Saturday-only £60 Prices for tickets purchased between 1 June and 31 July 2011 are: Three-day tickets £95 Two-day tickets £85 Saturday-only £65 Prices for tickets purchased after 31 July 2011 (including at the gate) are: Three-day tickets £100 Two-day tickets £90 Saturday-only £70 Children under 12 years old are admitted free provided they are accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Camping is charged per vehicle (up to five occupants). For added convenience and security, tents are erected next to the camping party’s vehicle. Three-day camping costs £35 per vehicle, two-day camping costs £30 per vehicle. Camping on Saturday night is free for people with a festival ticket. Motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians camp free of charge. Tickets can be ordered online from http://www.fairportconvention.com Postal ticket purchase from PO Box 8413, Bilsthorpe, Notts NG22 8WY EDITORS’ NOTES PRESS OFFICE: Press contact / further information Iconic Media Phone: 01926 632946 Mobile: 07879 844397 Email: media@iconicmusic.com PO Box 1957 Eathorpe, Warks CV33 9YG INTERVIEWS: Members of Fairport Convention and the Cropredy organising team are available for interview by national and local newspaper, magazine and broadcast journalists. PROMOTIONAL OFFERS: We can provide Cropredy festival tickets, T-shirts and CDs as prizes or giveaways for reader / listener competitions or promotions. Contact us for details. PRESS ATTENDANCE: Bona fide newspaper, magazine, broadcast and photo journalists are invited to apply for press passes to Fairport’s Cropredy Convention. Please email your full contact details (including daytime and mobile phone numbers and your media organisation or outlet) to media@iconicmusic.com EVENT DETAILS: Billed as “Britain’s friendliest festival”, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention presents three days of rock, pop and acoustic music in beautiful Oxfordshire countryside. Located adjacent to Cropredy village, five miles north of Banbury (three miles from junction 11 on M40 motorway), the event takes place on Thursday 11 August, Friday 12 August, and Saturday 13 August 2011. QUOTES: “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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