Fairport Convention at the Alban Arena

PUBLISHED: 20:50 23 February 2011

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention


LOVERS of classic folk-rock will be in their element in St Albans tomorrow (Thursday) night with Fairport Convention in concert at the Alban Arena.

Veterans of the British folk scene since the 1960s, Fairport Convention will visit the St Albans venue as part of their annual Winter Tour.

The concert will not only include new songs from the eagerly-awaited studio album Festival Bell but will also feature a performance of Babbacombe Lee, the band’s classic 1971 folk-rock opera concept album.

Released to coincide with the tour, Festival Bell is the first new Fairport Convention album for four years.

Its 14 tracks include compositions by members of the band, two songs by the legendary Ralph McTell and a reworking of the Sandy Denny classic Rising For The Moon.

“We’ve played in St Albans before but we always enjoy coming back here,” said lead vocalist and guitarist Simon Nicol.

“In fact, the Alban Arena is one of our favourite venues and we particularly look forward to playing there again on Thursday evening.”

A founding member of the band, Simon added: “This year, the concert will be rather different – not only have we got a whole album’s worth of new material to choose from but this will be the first time we’ve played the whole of Babbacombe Lee since the 1970s.”

The concert will open with a set from talented young duo Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts.

Fairport will then take the stage to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Babbacombe Lee by performing the critically-acclaimed album in its entirety.

The work tells the fascinating story of John ‘Babbacombe’ Lee, a Victorian criminal who was reprieved after three attempts to hang him failed.

Tickets for the show cost £19.

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