Proclaimers are walking 500 miles to Cropredy

Crowds enjoying the music at Cropredy in 2013. ENGNNL00120131108123206
Crowds enjoying the music at Cropredy in 2013. ENGNNL00120131108123206

The Proclaimers will make their Cropredy debut next year as Fairport’s Cropredy Convention announces the first acts for the 2015 festival.

The popular music event takes place between August 13-15 and it was confirmed the Scottish band who will take to the stage on Friday, August 14.

Fairport Convention will open the festival with a small semi-acoustic set on Thursday, followed by Trad Arrr, a brand new ensemble with a vigorous approach to traditional music. Led by PJ Wright of Priors Marston, Trad Arrr will put the rock into folk-rock.

PJ has also written a song specially for Fairport’s forthcoming album Myths & Heroes.

Also playing on the first day include Dreadzone, who make a welcome return to Cropredy with their unique, genre-busting mix of dub, reggae and dance music. Norwegian female quartet Katzenjammer features soaring voices, great songs and an astonishing array of musical instruments.

Twenty six years since he left Marillion, Fish has enjoyed a successful and innovative solo career. His distinctive voice and powerful delivery promise a great live show at Cropredy when he plays on Friday.

Award-winning band Skerryvore are from Tiree in Scotland and their vibrant live set has been described as ‘the sound of young Scots power-folk’. They will also feature on Friday.

On Saturday, Toyah Willcox will be another welcome newcomer to Cropredy when she performs with her band. Rory Gallagher’s former backing musicians Band of Friends will celebrate Rory’s life and music and will be joined on stage by ex-Fairport member Dan ArBras.

Fairport Convention return to the stage on Saturday evening to close the festival with their traditional headlining set.

Cropredy will also present a set by the winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

The rest of the line-up will be announced in January, and tickets for the festival go on sale for a limited period of time for Christmas.

The box office will open for one week starting today (Monday) until Sunday, December 21, then reopen in February 2015. For more information visit www.fairportconvention.com