Last night I went to Bury St Edmunds (in snow!) to the wonderful new Apex centre to see Fairport Convention on their winter tour. I first saw them in Oxford in 1969 and was sold at once - I remember sending a telegram ("what's that? : ed") to a friend in Kent about it the same day.
They were better than ever, and the virtuoso 6 string Bass playing of Dave Pegg was outstanding, as was the Swarbrick-esque fiddle playing of Ric Sanders. These chaps are good. It was surprising how well the vocal melodies have improved over the years and there was a Beach Boy vibe to some of the harmonies from Chris Leslie. Wonderful stuff and particularly good on the old Sandy Denny numbers!
The standout moment for me came right at the start when the support, Kieren Goss, led Fairport into their first number - the Motown classic "Reach out I'll be There". For a band that is just coming up to their 45th year in business they were fantastic - if they're coming to a town near you don't miss this opportunity!