February

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention have been entertaining music lovers for over half a century, with 2022 being their 55th anniversary. During that time the band that launched British folk-rock has seen many changes, but one thing has  remained the same - Fairport’s passion for performance.  2022’s Winter Tour will present a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and some surprises from albums old and new including their latest album, Shuffle & Go, which was released just before ‘lockdown’ in 2020.  Fairport Convention have won a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and Radio 2 listeners voted their ground-breaking album Liege & Lief 'The Most  Influential Folk Album of All Time'. Their story has been celebrated with television documentaries on BBC Four and Sky Arts.  The band features founding member Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Ric Sanders on violin, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion.  "Stuffing their set with a surprising amount of new material for a vintage act,  Fairport are still clearly having fun and brought the house down."  THE GUARDIAN "Fairport is an institution, a festival, purveyors of memories, and keepers of  the folk flame. But most of all they are a brilliant live band."  FOLK & TUMBLE

De La Warr Pavilion, Brighton, United Kingdom

Fairport Conve

De La Warr Pavilion
Brighton

Wednesday

16 Feb

June

THE BLUES BAND: The Farewell Tour

As live entertainment finally steams out of Covid’s long, dark tunnel, there may be a few carriages missing. In music terms, survival has depended on the durability of the genre. Thankfully, no vehicle is as robust as the reliable goods wagon called The Blues Band.  It is now 42 years since five experienced musicians, no strangers to the pop charts of the 60s and 70s, decided they’d ignore the cultural slurry of disco and the tail-end of punk and throw caution to the wind by returning to their solid roots – The Blues. Harmonica hero Paul Jones, charismatic front man of chart toppers Manfred Mann, fellow Manfred Tom McGuinness, who brought along the other half of top act McGuinness-Flint, drummer Hughie Flint. Completing this seasoned line up was slide guitar virtuoso and powerful vocalist from the John Dummer Blues Band, Dave Kelly, brother to England’s renowned blues singer Jo Ann Kelly, plus the young, experienced and talented bass player Gary Fletcher. Drummer Hughie Flint, once in the ranks of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers alongside Eric Clapton (check out Flint’s graphic immortality on the ‘Beano’ album cover) left the line-up in 1982 to be replaced by another legend, Rob Townsend, ex Family, Medicine Head  and numerous other top pop permutations. The idea behind The Blues Band was simple. Five experienced aficionados steeped in the Blues would get together in a pub one night and enjoy themselves. The pub was The Bridge House in London in April 1979. Tom McGuinness recalls “It took us by surprise. You couldn’t park a car within three quarters of a mile from the pub. We didn’t realise until we got there that they were all there for us. The place was packed.” There was a buzz around the band and venues began throwing gigs at them. They recorded a live LP, The Bootleg Album, which was soon selling 5,000 copies per week, and tracks were even being played by Simon Bates on Radio One. Record deals followed. They played everywhere. America, Australia, Europe, Canada, Scandinavia. In 1981 they toured with the Allman Brothers Band, with Dave and Paul sitting in with them some nights on Statesboro Blues.  By 1992 they were touring Europe with Dire Straits. Among dedicated Blues fans what placed The Blues Band ahead of the pack was their musical maturity. For example, Dave Kelly knew Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker well; he’d toured with them as a sideman, played with Buddy Guy and Son House and even jammed with Muddy Waters in New York, and has recently played with guitar legend James Burton. McGuinness had played host to Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup when he came to England. Paul Jones has played with Memphis Slim. Name a Blues legend and members of The Blues Band could cite a connection.  Although the band are saying goodbye, you can still enjoy their continuing offshoots such as Dave Kelly solo, or Dave with Paul Jones as a highly entertaining and erudite Blues duo. Bassist Gary Fletcher is also a noted songwriter with his own band, Tom McGuinness will no doubt continue writing and recording, a good drummer like Rob Townsend is always in demand. So here’s the last golden chance to experience a quintet whose authentic roots stretch way back before the great British Blues boom of the 1960s. They have kept the flame of a great tradition burning, the result being that the Blues is more popular today than it’s ever been.

De La Warr Pavilion, Brighton, United Kingdom

The Blues Band: The Far...

De La Warr Pavilion
Brighton

Friday

17 Jun

Jo Whiley’s 90's Anthems Beach-Side Outdoor Day Festival

Bringing you all the best tracks from the greatest decade for music. Think Blur vs Oasis, Fatboy Slim, Primal Scream, The Verve, The Chemical Brothers, Faithless, The Prodigy and a whole lot more.  Arguably one of the most recognisable voices in British Broadcasting, Jo Whiley has had an exciting and varied career and is considered one of the nation’s favourite radio DJs. Jo was born in Northampton. After studying in Brighton and dabbling on BBC Radio Sussex’s new music show, her first broadcasting job was as a presenter for WPFM, Radio 4’s youth culture and music show. She then moved over into TV, initially on satellite, then to Channel 4 as band booker for ‘The Word’, giving Britain its first television taste of bands such as Nirvana and Rage Against The Machine.  Jo joined Radio 1 in the Spring of 1993 and in September she became permanent co-presenter of The Evening Session with Steve Lamacq. Four years later she landed her own daytime show, and remained part of Radio 1’s weekday line-up until 2009, when she began a new weekend programme.  Jo has also presented coverage of the Glastonbury Festival on Radio 1, Channel 4 and BBC-TV, plus she’s hosted several music programmes for Channel 4. Jo now presents the 7-9pm slot weekdays on BBC Radio 2.  Jo is a celebrity ambassador to Mencap, a UK charity that works to support people with learning difficulties. She hosts the Little Noise Sessions concerts, in aid of the Mencap charity enlisting the support of many well known international music artists. She is also a supporter of Tommy’s – The Baby Charity. Jo is also the Patron of the Cri du Chat Syndrome Support Group.

De La Warr Pavilion, Brighton, United Kingdom

Jo Whiley’s 90's Anth...

De La Warr Pavilion
Brighton

Saturday

18 Jun

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