Folk favourites take on The Playhouse

PUBLISHED: 18:30 31 January 2012 | UPDATED: 14:40 02 February 2012

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention


A BAND hailed as the originators of British folk-rock will return to Weston's The Playhouse Theatre this month.

Fairport Convention are celebrating their 45th anniversary on the touring circuit, and will feature songs from their most recent album in this year’s tour.

The band will play at The Playhouse on February 16 as part of their annual winter tour.

The band released their most recent album, Festival Bell, last year to critical acclaim, with the Playhouse concert set to feature a selection of tracks from the record as well as a vast repertoire built up over decades of playing.

The band has won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and Radio 2 listeners voted the Liege and Lief album the most influential folk album of all time.

Lead vocalist and guitarist Simon Nicol said: “We’ve played in Weston before but we always enjoy coming back here.

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

Singer-songwriter Kieron Goss will open the concert.

Tickets, priced £18, are available from the box office on 01934 645544 or

* The Mercury has teamed up with The Playhouse to offer three pairs of tickets to the event.

To enter the competition, simply answer the following question: Which Fairport Convention record was voted most influential folk album?

Send your answer, along with your name, address and a daytime telephone number, to: Fairport Convention Concert competition, Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW by 9am on February 10.

Alternatively, click on the link to the right of this article to enter.

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