Up close with celebrated folk rockers

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention

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Fairport Convention, Hailsham Pavilion, Saturday May 5, 7.30pm.

CO-FOUNDED way back in 1967 (yes a 45th birthday this year!) by Simon Nicol and Ashley Hutchings, Fairport Convention is the most celebrated folk-rock band of all time.

Such distinguished musicians as Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson, Dave Mattacks, Iain Matthews and Dave Swarbrick have done their bit over the years with the band, which is now in the safe hands of Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, Ric Sanders, Chris Leslie and the superb percussionist, Gerry Conway.

Recipients of the coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, their seminal album Liege & Lief was voted as the Best Folk Album of All Time in a recent BBC reader’s poll.

Fairport Convention still fill concert halls all over the world and their Cropredy festival attracts 20,000 fans each year, but here is a chance to meet the band and see them perform up close.

Tickets available from

01323 841414.