Review: Fairport’s Cropredy Convention

ENJOY the great British outdoors as the world’s most famous folk festival is back.

Last night (Thursday August 11) was the start of Fairport’s Cropredy Convention with several new musicians lining up alongside more established acts such as UB40.

An acoustic set from Fairport kicked off proceedings while two promising acts, Katriona and Jamie and 19-year-old Blair Dunlop gave everyone good vibrations.

This was followed by Home Service which had reformed specially for the festival with the crowd delighted to see them. The next group, Hayseed Dixie, were not my cup of tea but I was probably in the minority as the audience enjoyed seeing the dark side of folk. I can say I have heard folk covers of Bohemian Rhapsody and Strawberry Fields Forever which was different.

My personal highlight was seeing the night’s headline act, Birmingham based reggae band UB40. It might have seemed off for such a chilled out band on last but thousands of people swayed along to hits including Kingston Town, I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You and of course Red Red Wine.

Tickets for the festival are still available for the next two days and can be bought on the gate. Bands performing include The Coral, Seasick Steve, The Blockheads, Badly Drawn Boy and the legendary Fairport Convention.

For more details on the festival, visit www.fairportconvention.com.