Fairport's milestone gig
FOLK-ROCK royalty Fairport Convention celebrate their 45th anniversary in Ivybridge when they visit The Watermark on Saturday.
Formed in 1967's 'summer of love', the band has been delighting audiences for 45 years making them one of the most enduring bands to emerge from the fertile 1960s music scene.
Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, the band is still as vibrant and inventive as ever.
The 2012 anniversary tour will feature songs from the band's recent studio album, the critically-acclaimed Festival Bell.
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"Forty-five years is a milestone," said Simon Nicol who co-founded the band in 1967.
"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."
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.
For tickets and booking information, call 01752 892220 or log on to ivybridgewatermark.co.uk