Generally, it’s been a quiet time for Fairport. However, Chris has been on the road with Feast of Fiddles, Ric has recorded a new album with his trio, and Simon has been walking the Cumbrian mountains in the rain.
It hasn’t rained much here in north Oxfordshire however. In fact, as we write, it’s a lovely spring day outside. Appropriately so, for it is under a week before we head out on our annual Spring Tour which kicks off next Tuesday 7 May in Leamington Spa.
As many of you know our semi-acoustic Spring Tour gives us a chance to try out new arrangements of favourites from our repertoire as well as road-testing some new songs for our forthcoming album. Compared to the Winter Tour gigs, these shows tend to be in smaller venues and have a more intimate feel.
We have thirty shows planned throughout the British Isles. This year we’re crossing the Irish Sea to play in Dublin, Limerick, Armagh, Cork, Kilkenny and Belfast. For these shows across the water we will be accompanied by The 4 of Us who many of you will remember from their appearances as our Winter Tour guests.
We’re really looking forward to this run of gigs and it will be great to see you all.
Have a look on our gigs page for full dates and details.
Spring is certainly in the air around Cropredy. The meadow grass is growing lusher by the day, the trees are vivid with new foliage and the River Cherwell is glinting and sparkling in the sun as it meanders along the boundary of the festival site. It all adds up to the perfect venue to celebrate our festival’s fortieth anniversary on Thursday 8, Friday 9, and Saturday 10 August 2019.
As we’ve said, we have a great line-up this year. By way of reminder, the headliners are The Waterboys (Thursday), Frank Turner (Friday) and us on Saturday. The barnstorming Gogol Bordello join us on Thursday with Richard Thompson and Seth Lakeman playing the Friday.
A reminder too that May is the last month to get your Cropredy tickets at the early-bird prices. From 1 June all tickets go up by £5 so buy now and save a fiver per ticket to spend at the bar!
As we always say, please don’t leave buying tickets until the last minute – we’d hate any of you to miss out!
We look forward to welcoming you to our Spring Tour concerts and, later in the summer, to Cropredy.
Love from us all,
Simon, Peggy, Ric, Chris and Gerry.