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Fairport Convention | Full House for Sale (2023)


The best British folk-rock band of the late ’60s, Fairport Convention did more than any other act to develop a truly British variation on the folk-rock prototype by drawing upon traditional material and styles indigenous to the British Isles.
Those attending Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2022 will know that we celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of our 1970 LP Full House (albeit two years late thanks to Covid-19 restrictions). The original line-up of Richard Thompson, Simon Nicol, Dave Mattacks, Dave Pegg (with Chris Leslie filling the shoes of the late great Dave Swarbrick) took to the Cropredy stage to perform the whole album. We recorded the show and the result is a magnificent musical memento of a stunning live performance. If you were in the field that night, this CD will let you relive the occasion; if you couldn’t make it then now’s your chance to savour what you missed. Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention: Full House for Sale

The new century found Fairport in fine form. Concert halls were full and records were selling well. The year 2000 was marked by the very successful ‘Y2K’ tour and a new studio album, The Wood And The Wire. Fairport Convention won the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2002 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The seminal album Liege And Lief was voted ‘Best Folk Album Ever’ by Radio 2 listeners. In Summer 2006, Liege And Lief was awarded a Gold Disc for its continuing sales.
Fairport Convention is still one of the busiest bands around. The current line-up of Simon Nicol (lead vocal, rhythm and electric guitars), Dave Pegg (backing vocals, bass guitar, mandolin), Ric Sanders (violin) and Chris Leslie (lead vocal, fiddle, bouzouki, banjo, mandolin and woodwind) still packs venues on its frequent tours. The band released their new live recording from their 50th anniversary concert at 2018’s Cropredy Festival “What We Did On Our Saturday” featuring the current line up, plus former Fairporters Richard Thompson, Ashley Hutchings, Judy Dyble, Dave Mattacks, Iain Matthews and Maartin Allcock, ably assisted by their friends Ralph McTell, Sally Barker, Chris While and PJ Wright. This was Maart’s last appearance with the band as he died shortly after the festival.
Each year starts with Fairport covering the length and breadth of Britain on its Winter Tour (Wintour). This is folowed by a more relaxed Spring tour and in August, the band stages Fairport’s Cropredy Convention music festival in Oxfordshire.
Each December the band’s time is occupied by side-projects and their respective Christmas tours. Simon tours with The Albion Christmas Band; Peggy with Anthony John Clarke; Ric with the Ric Sanders Trio; Chris with St Agnes Fountain.
Fairport released a new studio album – ‘Shuffle and Go’ – in January 2020. Unfortunately, the release to the shops coincided with the Covid pandemic and numerous lock-downs which resulted in relatively poor sales, despite the very positive reviews.
Simon Nicol: Simon was born on 13 October 1950 and brought up in north London. He is a founding member of Fairport Convention, joining the band at its inception in 1967.
Dave Pegg: Dave was born on 2 November 1947 and brought up in Acocks Green, Birmingham. He joined Fairport Convention in 1969.
Ric Sanders: Ric was born on 8 December 1952 and brought up in Birmingham. He joined Fairport Convention in 1985.
Chris Leslie: Chris was born on 15 December 1956 and he was brought up in north Oxfordshire. He joined Fairport Convention in 1996. Fairport Convention

  • Intro (00:46)
  • Walk Awhile (04:38)
  • Doctor Of Physick (03:51)
  • Dirty Linen (04:42)
  • Sloth (11:05)
  • Sir Patrick Spens (03:49)
  • Flatback Caper (07:07)
  • Poor Will And The Jolly Hangman (05:35)
  • Flowers Of The Forest (04:53)
  • Jenny’s Chickens / The Mason’s Apron (04:01)


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