Legendary folk band Fairport Convention have announced the dates and venues of their customary Winter Tour .
The 30-date tour will start at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury on Friday, January 31 and visit theatres in England, Wales and Scotland.
The final concert of the tour will be at The Union Chapel in London on March 9.
Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention remain one of the most entertaining bands on the live music scene and their annual Winter Tour has become a much-loved cultural institution.
The band frequently introduce new material as well as drawing on their vast back catalogue so every year’s Winter Tour features a unique programme of music.
For 2014, Fairport’s concerts will feature a mix of material from their most recent album as well as classics from the band’s earlier repertoire.
There will also be some brand new and previously unperformed songs destined for Fairport’s next studio album.
The concerts will open with a short solo set from talented singer/songwriter Edwina Hayes.
Edwina has worked with Jools Holland, Nanci Griffith and Roger McGuinn among others. Formed in 1967’s ‘summer of love’, Fairport Convention have been delighting audiences for more than four decades and the band are still as vibrant and inventive as ever.
“As a band, we always look to the future,” said Simon Nicol who co-founded Fairport Convention in 1967.
“After nearly 50 years on the road we still really look forward to getting out there to play in front of audiences.”
Fairport play the Royal Spa Centre in Leamington Spa on February 11 and will perform in Oxford in April.
Call 01926 334418 for ticket details.