Folk legends flock to Pock

LEGENDARY folk-rockers Fairport Convention will be celebrating a milestone in Pocklington when the band visits the arts centre next month.

Formed in 1967, the band are marking their 45th anniversary this year with a tour which includes a performance at the Market Place venue on Thursday 3 May.

Fairport Convention are hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music and are still going strong.

The 2012 anniversary tour will include song’s from the band’s recent studio album, Festival Bell, along with a selection of favourite songs from the past 45 years chosen by their fans.

Simon Nicol, co-founder of the band, said: “Forty-five years is a milestone, but we don’t intend to rest on our laurels or hark back to the past – Fairport is a band that always looks to the future.

“All five of us are looking forward to getting back on the road, in fact, we’re raring to go because our first love is live performance.”

He added: “We’ve played in Pocklington before but we always enjoy coming back here,“

“In fact, the Arts Centre is one of our favourite venues and we particularly look forward to playing there again.”

As well as Simon Nicol on guitar and lead vocals, Fairport Convention features 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 band has won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s groundbreaking album Liege and Lief ‘The Most Influential Folk-rock Album of All Time.’

Fairport Convention’s concert at Pocklington Arts Centre starts at 8pm. For tickets and booking information call 01759 301547 or visit www.pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk.