Firstly, a slightly belated ‘Happy New Year’ to you all!
In our last newsletter, we listed the first performers we’d booked for Cropredy 2019 and now we can reveal the news you’ve all been waiting for. Here are the acts that complete the line-up – and what a line-up it is!
Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls
Headlining our Friday night, we are delighted to welcome for the first time to Cropredy one of the UK’s most successful solo artists of the past decade – Frank Turner – with his band The Sleeping Souls. Frank’s latest album, the extraordinary ‘Be More Kind’, has taken this punk/folk-rocker to a new level. From the driven punk of ‘1933’ to the beautifully haunting title track, this is an exceptional piece of work. One of the finest live acts out there, we’ve been trying to lure Frank to Cropredy for quite a few years now – and finally, he’s here!
Celebrating their 20th year together, we welcome, also for the first time to Cropredy, the incredible Gogol Bordello. Combining acts of music, theatre, chaos and sorcery, to say that Gogol Bordello is a fabulous festival act would be the grossest of understatements. In their own words “Gogol Bordello’s task is to provoke audiences out of a post-modern aesthetic swamp and onto a neo-optimistic communal movement towards new sources of authentic energy”. This is going to be VERY special!
The Four of Us
Brothers Declan and Brendan Murphy from Newry in Northern Ireland are currently wowing audiences as our special guests on the FC Wintour and will be opening proceedings on Friday at noon.
Wilson & Wakeman
Damian Wilson is a songwriter and vocalist who has appeared on over 70 separate albums including 5 solo releases. He also played Jean Valjean in Les Misérables on their UK national tour. Adam Wakeman is best known as the keyboard player with Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath. He has released 9 albums with ‘the old man’ plus 4 solo albums. The new Wilson & Wakeman session album ‘Stripped’ is released this month!
As the name suggests, Tors hail from the county of Devon. Following sagely advice from their Granddad, legendary guitarist Bert Weedon, Matt and Theo decided to form a band and become pop stars. Tors present a mix of beautifully crafted songs with exquisite harmonies.
You can check out the Full line-up here…
As always, we offer three-day (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) tickets, two-day (Friday and Saturday) tickets and Saturday-only tickets. And as always, our advice is to book early.
All tickets and camping passes are on sale now. You can pay online, by phone or by post. Please visit our website for more information.
Pre-Cropredy Warm-up Shows
We’re holding this year’s warm-ups on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 August at Banbury Trades and Labour Club. Many of you will know this friendly venue from previous warm-up gigs.
The concerts will offer a sneak preview of who will be guesting with us on stage at Cropredy on the Saturday. These two evening concerts always sell out so our advice is book early. You can buy your warm-up tickets here…
Fairport’s Wintour 2019
Our Winter Tour (Wintour) kicked off with a sold out show at the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury a few days ago. The tour covers a lot of ground so there’s probably a venue within reach of you.
As mentioned previously, this year’s Wintour gigs will feature an opening performance by our special guests The 4 of Us. Hailed as one of the most acclaimed duos in Ireland, brothers Brendan and Declan Murphy are accomplished singers, instrumentalists and song-writers.
We’d love to welcome you to one of the gigs so check out all the dates and venues on our website…
We always enjoy meeting you so come and say ‘hi’ on the Winter Tour this month and then on the field at Cropredy in August.
Love from us all,
Simon, Peggy, Ric, Chris and Gerry.