The Legendary Fairport Convention to Perform at Cast, Wednesday 6th Feb.

Words: Mick Jenkinson

Since opening in 2013, Doncaster’s Cast theatre has played host to some of the major names in British folk music, from the very early visit of Kate Rusby, right up to Christmas 2018 when Steeleye Span’s Maddy Prior brought her Christmas Carnival Band to town. This February, however, will bring probably the biggest folk act we’ve seen at the theatre, a band for whom the labels legendary and iconic, for once don’t seem like hyperbole.

In 2017 Fairport Convention celebrated fifty years on the road, and their passion for live performance has never wavered. They arrive in Doncaster as part of a national winter tour and on the back of two sell-out tours in 2018.

The group has attracted critical acclaim throughout its long career: they won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, Radio 2 listeners have voted their ground-breaking album Liege & Lief ‘The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time’, and their story and music frequently features on radio and television.

Fairport are also in the pretty unique position of having their own summer festival. Cropredy began as an intimate ‘band and friends’ occasion in the early ‘80’s and has grown a major event attracting 20,000 revellers each summer.

Renowned as the founding fathers of British folk-rock, the band has maintained consistently high standards and remains as entertaining as ever. Still bold, vigorous and willing to take musical chances, an evening with Fairport never fails to dazzle and delight audiences. This concert will showcase the band’s musical sophistication and instrumental virtuosity during a fascinating journey through their inspiring and extensive repertoire.

“Impressive musicians with a great back catalogue. Fairport still take chances and clearly enjoy themselves…” – The Guardian

“brilliance undiminished by the years…absolutely stunning…the highlights come in such abundance and in such rapid succession you hardly know where to start” – Slap Magazine.

Tickets are priced at £25.50 and are available from the Cast box office or online.

Mick Jenkinson – Dec 2018