The band have been a mainstay of the UK's folk rock scene since they formed in 1967, giving them over 50 years of playing music all over the country. Their first album was the self titled Fairport Convention released in 1968, but it was their fourth album, Liege & Lief, that is considered the band's seminal release. Their sound draws on traditional British folk music and they're credited for launching the British folk rock movement. The bad has undergone many line up changes over the years, with a list of past band members far longer than most, but the current line up has been together since the late 90s with original vocalist Simon Nicol leading the show.
They've not only released almost 30 albums and toured relentlessly over the past 50 years, but since 1979 they've also hosted the Cropredy Festival in Oxfordshire. What began as a private performance by the band in 1976 grew to become a fully fledged festival in 1979. They're not the only band up on stage, the Cropedy Festival has drawn names like Alice Cooper, Steeleye Span and Yusuf Islam.
The show at the Theatre Royal Winchester will include plenty of favourites from across their 50 year career, but there will also be some new songs from their latest album 50:50@50, released in 2017. They're supported by folk duo Winter Wilson who will be opening the show.
The Theatre Royal Winchester is located on Jewry Street in Winchester. It's about 12 miles from the Southampton City Centre, and about a 26 minute drive along the M3. You can find their current programme online.