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Articles Tagged 'Fairport Convention'


Five Fascinating Things About the Town of Wimbledon

The annual Wimbledon tennis tournament is on, it seems a choice moment to have a wander through the back-lanes, greenery and ancient history of the London suburb that shares its name, and find out some interesting facts and, like, say them. And no, the location of The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club is not one of […]

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Five British Rockers Who Have Their Own Beer

And by “have their own beer” I don’t mean they’re tight-fisted when it comes to getting a round in (although you know what they say about lead singers). These five musical performers are so fussy about their drinking, they’ve elected to make a special brew – note: not Special Brew – so’s to be sure […]

Say Hello To Somerset’s ‘Shed Of The Year’

They say an Englishman’s home is his castle, and if that is true, then his shed must represent something equally noble, a cathedral perhaps, or some kind of shrine. For Jon Earl of Clevedon, Somerset, his shed ­– a former World War One billet hut – is also a valuable local entertainment resource. So much […]

Five Great Inventive British Guitar Heroes

Before we start: I just wanted to say that yes, there have been far more than five astonishing British guitarists in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. And we could argue all day about who they are, and whether Jimi Hendrix could beat them in a shred-off. Let’s just use these five as a launchpad […]

Anglo For Your Ear: Fairport Convention’s “Who Knows Where the Time Goes”

Fairport Convention exemplified British folk music in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Guitar virtuoso Richard Thompson got his start in the band. However, most people think of the late Sandy Denny when Fairport Convention is mentioned. Her pure, aching soprano evokes other female folk singers, like Joan Baez, Judy Collins, and Joni Mitchell. It […]

Anglo For Your Ear: Richard and Linda Thompson’s “A Heart Needs a Home”

Couples can often make beautiful music together. Examples include, we have the various pairings within Fleetwood Mac, Ashford & Simpson, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of the Tom Tom Club and Talking Heads, Win Butler and Régine Chassagne of Arcade Fire. Amongst romantic couples, no two voices have blended as perfectly as Richard and Linda […]