BBC devotes night to Fairport history

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Banbury Cake: FOLK-ROCK stalwarts Fairport Convention are coming to The David Hall over the May Bank Holiday.OXFORDSHIRE’s Fairport Convention, who headlined the Cropredy Festival last month for 20,000 folk rock fans, are being given their own TV night.

BBC Four will broadcast an evening of programmes to mark the band’s 45th anniversary this year.

The first programme will go out tomorrow, at 9pm.

A spokesman for the band said one of the highlights of the evening would be a 60-minute documentary named after the song Who Knows Where The Time Goes?

The programme will chart the band’s career from their earliest days, following their formation in 1967.

It will feature rare archive footage and interviews with members of the current line-up, and past members, including singer Richard Thompson.

The programme will be narrated by comedian Frank Skinner, who is a friend of the band.

Simon Nicol, one of the founder members of the group, said: “We are really pleased the BBC Four documentary will tell the whole Fairport story.

“We have seen a preview and the Beeb have covered our history in great detail.

“We are even more delighted that the evening will feature the band’s current line-up in concert.”

At 10pm, a concert recorded at the Union Chapel in Islington, London, in March will be screened.

The concert was filmed by BBC TV and features classics including Walk Awhile, Fotheringay and Matty Groves. Other Fairport-themed programmes follow, including concert footage of Richard Thompson.

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