The sun shone brightly on day one of Fairport’s Cropredy Convention yesterday (Thursday) as Capercaillie, Steve Hackett and The Waterboys got the festival off to the best possible start.
Members of Fairport Convention started things off with an acoustic session before Joe Broughton’s Folk Ensemble partied on stage as the 40-piece band delivered a combination of folk, funk, classical and ska tunes.
Capercaillie then brought a Scottish flavour to Cropredy with an eclectic mix of folk songs that certainly got the bumper crowd dancing in the sunshine.
Lead vocalist Karen Matheson and Donald Shaw (accordion and keyboards) took turns to get the audience in the mood with some great instrumental tunes, which was warmly received by both young and old.
As the sun began to set, it was legendary rock guitarist Steve Hackett’s turn to take the stage as he played a selection of classic Genesis songs, before The Waterboys concluded Thursday’s programme with incredible and energetic displays by guitarist Mike Scott and Irish fiddle maestro Steve Wickham.