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A Look Back at Fairport's Cropredy Convention 2011, Part 4 of 4

  06/02/12 23:08, by , Categories: Festivals and Events, BFMN Exclusive, Review, Ben Smith , Tags: 2011, badly drawn boy, ben smith photography, blockheads, cropredy, digance, fairport convention, folkcast, horslips, lau, oxfordshire, shee, widdows

This is a final part of our very special look back, in words and photos, of Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2011, featuring the photography of Ben Smith. Special Guest Reviewer Phil Widdows is the presenter and producer of FolkCast, the UK’s top independent folk music podcast, and the official podcast of Fairport’s Cropredy Convention. To take it from the top, click here for Part One, here for Part Two and here for Part Three. Be sure to check out the outstanding photo sets!

Review By Phil Widdows
Photos by Ben Smith Photography

The third and final day of the festival carried on where the Friday had left off; the fine weather holding and the crowd in fine mood.

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A Look Back at Fairport's Cropredy Convention, Part 3 of 4

  05/22/12 23:21, by , Categories: Festivals and Events, BFMN Exclusive, Review, Ben Smith , Tags: 2011, acoustic, ben smith photography, cropredy convention, fairport convention, folkcast, oxfordshire, phil widdows, photos

This is Part 3 of our special look back at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2011. We apologize for the unavoidable delay in getting you the last two parts but hope to rush them both to you this week. To take it from the top, click here for Part One and click here for Part Two. Be sure to check out the outstanding photo sets!

Review By Phil Widdows
Photos by Ben Smith Photography

The weather has a vital role to play at any outdoor festival, and the weather in England – even in high summer – is notoriously fickle. But Day 2 of Cropredy 2011 dawned bright, dry and warm and the crowd stirred from their tents and campers in the fields surrounding the stage. The first job of the day is to find breakfast, and for many that means taking the short walk into the village that gives the festival its name. There the few hundred full-time residents suddenly find they have thousands of weekend guests. They respond by laying on “the full English": bacon, eggs, sausage and toast, plus tea and coffee by the tanker full. Money raised from the sale of breakfasts has helped build and run the community hall and funded facilities at the village school. Later in the day, as an unofficial addition to the music on the festival stage, the two village pubs stage live gigs in their gardens to create the “Cropredy Fringe” and the whole place buzzes with life. No wonder the festival-goers are genuinely welcomed by the people of Cropredy!

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Fairport's Cropredy Convention, Part 2

  04/04/12 02:49, by , Categories: Music News, Festivals and Events, BFMN Exclusive, Review, Ben Smith , Tags: 2011, acoustic, ben smith photography, cropredy convention, fairport convention, folkcast, oxfordshire, phil widdows, photos

This is Part 2 of our special look back at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2011. To take it from the top, click here. Be sure to check out the photo sets!

Review By Phil Widdows
Photos by Ben Smith Photography

2011 was the year that, for the first time, Fairport Convention was not only the finale of festival but also started it, too, playing in their “acoustic” line-up early on the afternoon of Thursday August 11th … although the difference between Fairport acoustic and Fairport electric is a philosophical one only really apparent to their most ardent fans. Simon Nicol leaves aside his electric guitar, while drummer and percussionist Gerry Conway (ex-Jethro Tull, Cat Stevens Band, Pentangle and many more) relinquishes his full rock kit for a collection of hand-drums and a skiffle washboard, complete with home-made thimble-tipped gloves. Bassist Dave Pegg, fiddler Ric Sanders and multi-instrumentalist Chris Leslie remain plugged-in to their amps.

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Fairport's Cropredy Convention

  03/28/12 03:31, by , Categories: Festivals and Events, BFMN Exclusive, Ben Smith , Tags: ben smith photography, cropredy convention, fairport convention, folkcast, phil widdows

This is a very special look back, in words and photos, of Fairport's Cropredy Convention 2011, featuring the photography of Ben Smith. Special Guest Reviewer Phil Widdows is the presenter/producer of FolkCast, the UK's top independent folk music podcast, and the official podcast of Fairport's Cropredy Convention.

Review By Phil Widdows
Photos by Ben Smith Photography

England in the summertime is the land of a thousand music festivals. Every genre and style is catered for and events range from tiny gatherings in pub beer gardens played by hobby soloists and garage bands, right up to the massive corporate cattle markets with international superstars at every turn.

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