Among the rock aristocracy, its influence was evident in the Beatles’ ill-fated back-to-basics project Let It Be, the Rolling Stones’ purple patch that began with Beggars Banquet, and Eric Clapton’s decision to call time on Cream. Fate is exacted; English balladry displays its full menace and mystery; and there’s a tentative reflection upon pain and loss, tainted by hard experience”. Sound Techniques , London. A singer named Chris While will stand in for Sandy Denny – in whose absence, says Hutchings, “tears will be shed”. Although Denny and also founding member, the bass player Ashley Hutchings quit the band even before the album’s release, Fairport Convention has continued to the present day to make music strongly based within the British folk rock idiom, and are still the band most prominently associated with it.

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There were two deaths: The hapless Groves is challenged to a duel that he promptly loses, and his corpse is joined by that of his lover. Georgia Lucas, the daughter of Sandy Denny and Trevor Lucasaccepted the award on behalf of her late mother.

Back then, adverts proclaimed it “the first literally British folk rock LP ever”, which was less a matter of hyperbole than simple fact. Sandy DennyAshley Hutchings. However, in Hutchings, p.

fairport convention liege lief

Retrieved 20 August The album was moderately successful, peaking at number 17 on the UK Albums Chart during a week run. Retrieved 30 December Thompson’s girlfriend, the fashion designer Jeannie Franklyn, and the band’s year-old drummer, Martin Lamble.

Liege & Lief

Following the motorway accident that had killed Martin Lamblethe band were left without a drummer. Thompson, who speaks to me from his adopted home city of Los Angeles, knows a great deal about the art of reviving and renewing music from centuries back.


On the odd albums he has authored since the early s, his work has recurrently tapped into themes and influences rooted well before the rock age. This commemoration was repeated on 10 August at Cropredywhen the complete firport was performed. And so to its revival. The Lark in the Morning II.

The latter became a full-time member; they recruited a year-old drummer named Dave Mattacks; and the group began concertedly exploring the possibilities of updating British folk music with a jolt of electricity.

Denny was reportedly unhappy that the band wished to continue in a traditional direction subsequent to Liege and Liefand she would have preferred the latter to be a one-off venture; there is also the suggestion she was in fact sacked from the band over her reluctance to travel to overseas dates.

fairport convention liege lief

As if to point up Fairport’s lack of internal communication, Hutchings’ fears were the opposite of Denny’s: In that kind of setting, what was the electric guitar meant to do?

The album title is composed of two Middle English words: The Cropredy Box Just as Big Pink evoked what the writer Greil Marcus later called “the old, weird America”, so Fairport resolved to connect themselves with an arcane, semi-mystical side of the UK’s history that pop culture had left untouched.

Archived from the original on 9 May At Fairport Convention’s annual jamboree in the Oxfordshire village of Cropredy, he and the surviving members of that band’s incarnation will return to their album Liege and Lief. The result was music full of a drama that oozed from the traditional songs at the album’s core – the Scots ballad Tam Lin, the Victorian press-gang vignette The Deserter – into the smattering of originals.


BBC – Music – Review of Fairport Convention – Liege And Lief

EngvarB from September Use dmy dates from September Articles with short description Articles with hAudio microformats Track listings with input errors. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Retrieved 18 July Second, they decided to devote themselves to the essential idea that had been embodied by the most head-turning song on Unhalfbricking: Liege and Lief is reissued on Island on August Though playing an album recorded 38 years ago might rattle many people’s nerves, Richard Thompson claims to be feeling relaxed; as with the age-old music that informed and inspired it, Liege and Lief, he says, will be easily restored to life.

Richard Thompson ; tune: Retrieved 1 March Track 10 is previously unissued. I think we hoped the band would achieve some mainstream popularity, so that we could bring the tradition a little closer to people’s lives.

We should be looking at something more homegrown.