Fairport Convention |  Artist

Fairport Convention | Artist

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Fairport Convention is a British folk rock band formed 1967 in London by founding members Ashley Hutchings (bass, vocals), Simon Nicol (guitar, vocals), Richard Thompson (guitar, vocals), Martin Lamble (drums) and Judy Dyble (vocals). Friends Hutchings and Nicols began rehearsing on the floor above Nicol's father's medical practice in a house called "Fairport" on Fortis Green in Muswell Hill – the same street on which Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks grew up. Thompson, Lamble and Dyble soon joined and the group got regular gigs at underground venues such as UFO and The Electric Garden, which later became the Middle Earth Club. They had many lineup changes over their long history including the addition of Ian Matthews, Sandy Denny, Dave Swarbrick, Dave Pegg and Trevor Lucas. Their first album, Fairport Convention, recorded in late 1967 and released in June 1968, was modelled on the US folk-rock sounds of Dylan, Joni Mitchell and The Byrds. The following year 1969 saw the band find their own distinctive voice and release three classic albums in the same year: What We Did In Our Holidays, Unhalfbricking and Liege & Lief. 1970 saw the temporary departure of Sandy Denny, to form Fotheringay with future husband Trevor Lucas, and the increased involvement of fiddle player Dave Swarbrick, whose influence can be heard on the album Full House Fairport are widely regarded as a key group in the English folk rock movement who are still playing and have released a total of 31 studio albums. Outstanding albums include the quartet of classic releases between 1969-1970: What we did on our Holidays, Unhalfbricking, Leige & Lief and Full House. Also the 1987 archival release Heyday: BBC Radio Sessions: 1968-69, is also highly recommended. Sandy Denny and Richard Thompson each released excellent solo releases after leaving Fairport. 

Artist Website: fairportconvention.com

Featured Albums: Fairport Convention

Related Artists: Richard Thompson, Sandy Denny, Fotheringay, Dave Swarbrick, Trevor Lucas, Ian Matthews, Simon Nicol, The Albion Band