Fairport Convention give music masterclass at Shrewsbury's Theatre Severn

With an accomplished array of folk-rock music, Shropshire favourites Fairport Convention proved once again why they remain one of the most entertaining bands on the live music scene.

The packed audience at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn was treated to a range of classics from the London-based band as well as songs from the group’s most recent album, Festival Bell.

And ticket holders, who sung and bobbed along in the main auditorium of the Frankwell venue, even had the chance to request certain tracks after an opening set from John Watterson who performed revivals of Jake Thackray’s quirky songs.

The performance was part of the band’s 2013 tour and whether you are a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music an evening with Fairport Convention does not disappoint.

Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention has just celebrated its 45th anniversary after forming in 1967.

The band is as fresh now as it did when the group first started out playing regularly at underground venues such as UFO and The Electric Garden, which later became the Middle Earth club in London.

And with Simon Nicol on guitar and lead vocals, Dave Pegg on bass and backing vocals, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki and lead vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion the audience was treated to another musical masterclass.

Last year band members dropped in on Shrewsbury’s Woodside Primary School before a concert to showcase their talents after a teacher e-mailed the band.

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