top of page
  • Writer's pictureThe Sound Cafe

Fairport Convention Celebrate 55th Anniversary With Winter Tour

Having entertained music lovers for over half a century, 2022 sees Fairport Convention celebrate the 55th anniversary of the band's original formation back in 1967. During that time, the group that launched British folk-rock has seen many changes, but one thing has remained the same - Fairport's passion for performance.

The band's original members met in 1966, rehearsing on the floor above Simon Nicol's father's medical practice in a house named 'Fairport' in Muswell Hill, London. The building's name would lend itself to the band's moniker upon their 1967 formation.

This year's Winter Tour has just kicked off and presents a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and some surprises from releases old and new, including their latest album, Shuffle & Go, which was released just before 'lockdown' in 2020.

Fresh off of the back of their hugely successful Autumn live dates, the upcoming tour will see the band play iconic venues such as London's Union Chapel, Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music and the City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds.

Fairport Convention have won a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and Radio 2 listeners voted their ground-breaking album Liege & Lief 'The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time'. Their story has been celebrated with television documentaries on BBC Four and Sky Arts.

The band features founding member Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Ric Sanders on violin, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, and Gerry Conway on percussion.

Joining the band on the tour will be special guest singer/songwriter Luke Jackson - a wonderful performer gaining much recognition for his recorded work, as well as his live performances touring the UK, Europe, and America.

Drawing on his personal experiences, family life, and a number of poignant stories, Jackson's album 'Journals' won Fatea's Album of the Year Award in 2020.

Fairport Convention Winter tour 2022

Wed, 02nd Feb 2022


The Roses Theatre

Thur, 03rd Feb 2022


The Corn Exchange

Fri, 04th Feb 2022


Taliesin Theatre

Sat, 05th Feb 2022


The Forum

Sun, 06th Feb 2022


Theatre Royal

Tue, 08th Feb 2022


The Core

Wed, 09th Feb 2022


New Theatre Royal

Thur, 10th Feb 2022



Fri, 11th Feb 2022


City Varieties Music Hall

Sat, 12th Feb 2022


Spa Centre Theatre

Sun, 13th Feb 2022


RNCM Theatre

Tue, 15th Feb 2022


Colyer-Fergusson Hall

Wed, 16th Feb 2022


De La Warr Pavilion

Thur, 17th Feb 2022


The Connaught Theatre

Fri, 18th Feb 2022


Union Chapel

Sat, 19th Feb 2022

East Grinstead

Chequer Mead Theatre

Sun, 20th Feb 2022


Town Hall

Tue, 22nd Feb 2022

Milton Keynes

The Stables

Wed, 23rd Feb 2022


Key Theatre

Thur, 24th Feb 2022

St Albans

St Albans Arena

Fri, 25th Feb 2022


The Tivoli Theatre

Sat, 26th Feb 2022


The Maltings

Sun, 27th Feb 2022

Bury St Edmunds

The Apex

Tue, 01st March 2022


Walsall Arena

Wed, 02nd March 2022

Whitley Bay


Thur, 03rd March 2022


The Platform

Fri, 04th March 2022


The Atkinson Theatre

Sat, 05th March 2022


Arts Centre

Fairport Convention has been making great music for over fifty-five years. Credited with originating British folk-rock music, the band has been through many changes but the current members retain a passion for live performance. Next year's winter tour will feature a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and the new material from their most recent studio album Shuffle & Go.

Fairport Convention has attracted critical acclaim: the band has won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award; Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s ground-breaking album Liege & Lief ‘The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time’; and their story has been celebrated with a major documentary on Sky Arts television. Fairport Convention features Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion. Whether you are a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music, an evening with Fairport Convention is sure to surprise and delight you.


bottom of page