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The Beginnings of Fairport Convention

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Happy 50th birthday (pretty much) to hugely influential musical trailblazers turned national treasures Fairport Convention. Here Fairport co-founder and 'Guv'nor of British folk-rock' Ashley Hutchings traces the band's early years, its triumphs, its tragedies, and it's acknowledged origination of English folk-rock. In this very special 'spoken word and music' celebration, Ashley draws from his 1967 diary to vividly paint the group's formation and the late sixties music scene and is joined on reworkings of songs from his Fairport career by the impressive singer/guitarist Becky Mills: folk-rock history spooling before your very eyes and ears. _________________________________________________________________ Ashley Hutchings: spoken word, vocals, bass guitar Becky Mills: spoken word, vocals, guitar The unique story of the foundation of the seminal Fairport Convention and of the British folk-rock revolution as seen through the eyes of one of its most pivotal figures. Devised by Ashley Hutchings MBE to celebrate the group's 50th anniversary, this entertaining words and music show sees Ashley and Becky read from Ashley’s 1967 diary, relating the formation of the band and the history of the late sixties music scene of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles. Woven through with songs from the early days of Fairport, including many not on the first four albums, this is a must-see for anyone interested in folk music and its development and the wonderful decade of sixties music. 'The Beginnings Of Fairport Convention' has been presented at Cromer and Cropredy festivals to great success. Ashley Hutchings' long and distinguished musical career includes being a founding member of three of the UK's most influential folk acts: Fairport Convention, where he played on the band’s first four albums, including the pioneering folk rock classic 'Liege And Lief'; Steeleye Span, recording three successful albums with them before breaking away in 1971; and the Albion Country Band, which subsequently evolved into the Albion Dance Band and the Albion Band, with Hutchings remaining at the helm throughout. With Hutchings the Albion Band became the first electric group to appear in plays at London's National Theatre. They also 'electrified' Morris dancing, exemplified by the various artist sets 'Morris On' (1972) and 'Son Of Morris On' (1976). Knaresborough-based Becky Mills is a former member of the critically acclaimed band Waking The Witch and guest vocalist on recent albums and tours by Ashley Hutchings and Ken Nicol (Steeleye Span).

Start date:
26 April 2019
End date:
1 January 1900
Swayfield Village Hall,
NG33 4LQ
Event type:
To Be
£10.00 Standard / £5.00 Under 16

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Swayfield Ministry of Fun
Telephone number:
01476 550909

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