Fairport’s Cropredy Convention returns next month


After a two-year hiatus, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention returns with a fantastic line-
up (see below). The roster includes host band Fairport Convention, singer/songwriter
Richard Thompson, Trevor Horn Band, Steve Hackett’s Genesis Revisited, the
legendary Clannad, and Seth Lakeman.

The three-day family-friendly festival was last staged in 2019. Now after two
postponements due to Covid-19, the event is back bigger, better and more blissful
than ever.

Renowned as Oxfordshire’s biggest and best celebration of multi-genre music, the
event will be staged on Thursday 11, Friday 12 and Saturday 13 August on its
traditional farmland site on the outskirts of Cropredy village.

Tickets are on sale from Fairport Convention’s website.


Thursday 11th August 4pm – 11pm

Fairport Convention
Host band Fairport Convention will open the festival with a short acoustic performance, and then take the stage again on Saturday to play the headline closing spot.

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.

Multi-award winning Clannad has arguably done more than any other band to bring Irish music to a worldwide audience.

Trevor Horn Band
Trevor is one of the most influential producers in popular music, and has worked with Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Grace Jones, Pet Shop Boys, Seal and Robbie Williams, amongst many others.


Friday 12th August 2022 (noon – midnight)

Maddie Morris
Cropredy will present a set by singer-songwriter Maddie, winner of the 2019 BBC
Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

Emily Barker
A Cropredy debut for this 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.

Martyn Joseph
Legendary Welsh singer/songwriter Martyn returns to Cropredy with his compelling
and passionate music, spellbinding voice and songs of lyrical intelligence.

The Slambovian Circus of Dreams
Hillbilly meets Pink Floyd in this surreal New York band. Rootsy psychedelia from the
coolest corners of Americana.

The Sharon Shannon Quartet
Irish musician Sharon is known for button accordion, fiddle and whistle. Springing
from Irish folk, her music reveals wide-ranging influences.

Turin Brakes
Indie folkrockers Turin Brakes are making their first appearance at Cropredy. They
have seven studio albums and a million record sales to their credit.

Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited
One of Britain’s most accomplished and celebrated guitarists returns to Cropredy.
Steve draws on influences as diverse as jazz, world and blues to recreate the unique
sound of prog-rock legends Genesis.


Saturday 13th August 2022 (noon – midnight)

Seth Lakeman
Mercury nominee Seth will get the day off to a flying start with material from his new
studio album Make Your Mark

Holy Moly & The Crackers
Fronted by vocalist Ruth Patterson, this Newcastle sextet mixes British folk with
sizeable 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 they are back by popular demand.

Rosalie Cunningham
Rosalie is 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, MSC plays melodic laid-back

Richard Thompson
Fairport co-founder, guitar legend and acclaimed songwriter Richard will play a full
solo set. He will also perform with his erstwhile bandmates in their closing set.

Fairport Convention and guests
Saturday’s traditional extended headline set from Fairport will include the band’s
1970 line-up playing the whole of Full House in album order plus the current line-up
performing a wealth of material old and new.