Legendary folk band Fairport Convention announced the dates and venues of their Winter Tour today 14 October.
The thirty-date tour will start at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury on Friday 31 January and visit theatres in England, Wales and Scotland. The final concert of the tour will be at The Union Chapel in London on 9 March.
Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention remains one of the most entertaining bands on the live music scene and their annual Winter Tour has become a much-loved cultural institution.
The band frequently introduces new material as well as drawing on its vast back catalogue so every year's Winter Tour features a unique programme of music. For 2014, Fairport's concerts will feature a mix of material from their most recent album as well as classics from the band's earlier repertoire. There will also be some brand new and previously unperformed songs destined for Fairport's next studio album.
The concerts will open with a short opening solo set from talented singer/songwriter Edwina Hayes. Edwina has worked with Jools Holland, Nanci Griffith and Roger McGuinn among others.
Formed in 1967's 'summer of love', Fairport Convention has been delighting audiences for over four decades. Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, the band is still as vibrant and inventive as ever.
"As a band, we always look to the future," says Simon Nicol who co-founded Fairport Convention in 1967. "After nearly fifty years on the road we still really look forward to getting out there to play in front of audiences. Although we regularly record new albums our first love remains live performance."
Fairport's long and fascinating history has been the subject of a major BBC television documentary and their annual music festival at Cropredy has featured on Sky Arts 1. Fairport has also won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport's groundbreaking album Liege & Lief 'The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time'.
Fairport Convention Winter tour 2014 dates and venues
31 Tewkesbury, The Roses Theatre 01684 295074
1 Milton Keynes, The Stables 01908 280800
2 Canterbury, The Gulbenkian 01227 769075
4 Oxford, St.John The Evangelist Church 01865 613504
5 Lincoln, Drill Hall 01522 873894
6 Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn 01743 281281
7 New Brighton, Floral Pavilion 0151 666 0000
8 Llandudno, Venue Cymru 01492 872000
9 Salford Quays, The Lowry 0843 208 6000
11 Leamington Spa, Royal Spa Centre 01926 334418
12 Exeter, Corn Exchange 01392 665938
14 Hunstanton, The Princess Theatre 01485 532252
15 Colchester Arts Centre 01206 500900
16 Bury St Edmunds, Apex Theatre 01284 758000
18 Chesterfield, The Winding Wheel 01246 345222
19 Gateshead, Sage Gateshead 0191 443 4661
20 Edinburgh, Queens Hall 0131 668 2019
21 Leeds, City Varieties Music Hall 0113 243 0808
22 Burnley, The Mechanics 01282 664400
23 St Albans, Alban Arena 01727 844488
26 Worthing, Connaught Theatre 01903 206206
27 Tunbridge Wells, The Assembly Hall Theatre 01892 530613
28 Farnham, The Maltings 01252 745444
1 Weston-super-Mare, Playhouse Theatre 01934 645544
2 Pontardawe Arts Centre 01792 863722
4 Birmingham Town Hall 0121 780 3333
5 Ulverston, The Coronation Hall 01229 587140
6 Southport, The Atkinson 01704 533 333
7 Huddersfield, Lawrence Batley Theatre 01484 430528
9 London, The Union Chapel 0207 226 1686