Fairport Convention - Fairport Convention 50:50@50
- CD - £ 10.99
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Release Date 10th March 2017.
Fairport Convention, the UK's most influential folk-rock band, celebrates its 50th anniversary with 50:50@50. Half the fourteen tracks were recorded at recent concerts and half in the studio. With nine compositions by members of Fairport, the album presents a mix of brand new songs and favourites from Fairport’s repertoire. Two tracks feature guest lead vocals: one from Robert Plant and one from Pentangle's Jacqui McShee.
In the words of bassist Dave Pegg: “This album shows Fairport is nothing if not versatile. The tracks range from new folk-rock (Eleanor’s Dream for instance) to lively instrumentals (as in Danny Jack's Reward, a Ric Sanders tune augmented in this recording by Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Ensemble) to Chris Leslie’s lovely lyrical songs (such as Our Bus Rolls On).The album also demonstrates Fairport's chameleon-like aptitude for collaboration. We become Robert Plant's backing band for Jesus On The Mainline (recorded live after a single run-through at The Mill theatre in Banbury) and we are joined by Pentangle vocalist Jacqui McShee on Lady of Carlisle”