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THE line-up for the 2020 Fairport’s Cropredy Convention three-day open-air music festival has been announced.
Now in its 41st year, the festival will take place on Thursday, August 13, Friday 14 and Saturday 15, on its usual farmland site in north Oxfordshire.
“We’re really pleased with this year’s line-up,” said Fairport bassist Dave Pegg. “It consolidates Cropredy’s core appeal, celebrates Fairport’s rich heritage and also introduces a wide and diverse range of music.
“It’ll be a particular pleasure to have Richard Thompson playing with us again during our three-hour headline set on the Saturday evening.”
Cropredy will feature two sets by host band Fairport Convention. On Thursday, August 13 they will open the festival with a short acoustic set. On the Saturday they will close the event with their customary extended headline performance.
Fairport’s Saturday set will include a 50th anniversary celebration of Full House, the band’s acclaimed 1970 LP. The Full House line-up of Simon Nicol, Richard Thompson, Dave Mattacks and Dave Pegg will be joined by Chris Leslie (standing in for the late Dave Swarbrick) to play the whole album.
Cropredy three-day tickets are available via Fairport Convention’s website www.fairportconvention.com

The line-up:
Thursday:
Fairport Convention.
Thumping Tommys: This London-based bluegrass outfit plays barn-storming blues-infused Irish, American, and English folk music.
Edward II: Cropredy favourites Edward II play a fusion of world music, folk and reggae blending the rhythms of the Caribbean with traditional British songs.
Clannad: Multi-award winning band Clannad has arguably done more than any other band to bring Irish music to a worldwide audience.
Trevor Horn Band: One of the most influential producers in popular music, Trevor has worked with Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Grace Jones, Pet Shop Boys, Seal and Robbie Williams among many others.

Friday:
Maddie Morris: Singer-songwriter Maddie won the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.
Emily Barker: Acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose repertoire encompasses Americana, country and folk.
Home Service: Co-fronted by John Tams and John Kirkpatrick, Home Service is one of the UK’s best-loved folkrock groups and is characterised by a distinctive brass sound and great repertoire.
Martyn Joseph: Legendary singer/songwriter Martin returns to Cropredy with his rich voice and spellbinding songs.
The Slambovian Circus of Dreams: Hillbilly meets Pink Floyd in this surreal New York band.
The Sharon Shannon Quartet: Irish musician Sharon is known for button accordion, fiddle and whistle.
Turin Brakes: Indie folk rockers Turin Brakes are making their first appearance at Cropredy.
Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited: One of Britain’s most accomplished and celebrated guitarists returns to Cropredy. Steve’s extraordinary musical versatility draws on influences as diverse as jazz, world and blues to recreate the unique sound of prog-rock legends Genesis.

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Saturday:
Richard Digance: BAFTA nominee Richard returns to his traditional Saturday slot to get the day off to a flying start.
Holy Moly & The Crackers: Fronted by vocalist Ruth Patterson, this Newcastle sextet mixes British folk with dollops of rock’n’soul, indie, balladeering and a touch of psychedelia.
The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican: This comedy folk and parody band from Barnsley completely stole the show when they played Cropredy in 2018 and are back by popular demand.
Rosalie Cunningham: An English singer/songwriter with a distinct style who has appeared on Later with Jools Holland and supported Jack White’s UK tour.
Matthews Southern Comfort: Fronted by ex-Fairport singer Iain Matthews, Matthews Southern Comfort plays melodic laid-back Americana.
Richard Thompson: Virtuoso guitarist and renowned songwriter Richard will take to the Cropredy stage twice in 2020; in his own solo set and as part of the 50th anniversary of the Full House album.
Fairport Convention: Saturday’s traditional extended headline set.

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