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 on: Today at 07:21:13 AM 
Started by Adam - Last post by hendo (Dave)
It is arguable that Cropredy is no longer one stage.
The rise of the fringe and particularly the very strong line up the Brasenose put on this year, effectively produces 3 stages. It is a no longer walk from the field to the fringe than it is between stages at larger fests.
Interesting to read reviews where people have said I missed so and so as I went to watch , Merry Hell, Clarion etc.
The fringe also attracts a separate audience that is not there to see Fairport's  , does not necessarily  have the same vibe as the main field, so the fringe becomes a more raucous scene affecting the village and villagers in a different way to how they have accepted the main festival over the last 40 years

 on: Today at 07:04:06 AM 
Started by YaBB Master (Colin) - Last post by hendo (Dave)
Interesting to read the post Simon Nicol put up on f book this morning exploring the effects Brexit will have on travel delays at Airports and ports.

 on: Today at 06:55:56 AM 
Started by richardkendell - Last post by MarkV

Hope he's OK wouldn't wish that on anyone. I had a similar incident 30 odd years ago. Fortunately it was just from a Farmer Giles and was in the big white telephone. worrying til it was checked out though.

As have I about 30 years or so ago, and that was at a gig playing guitar and singing etc. Spent the last hour or so of a mini indoor festival/party, wandering about with my denim jacket tied around my waist.  I knew what it was as I had suffered for some years. Though following an operation things became more normal.

Driving home that night was not pleasant.

 on: Today at 06:42:11 AM 
Started by Adam - Last post by davidmjs

Gub Gubs  attitude towards our festival is imho appalling. Who is going to travel 165 miles to a festival for just two days? Putting tents up, taking down etc especially with older people and mobility allowances. To make it smaller just seems ridiculous. I also agree with many people on here.. that people who do not attend the festival anyway...why are they criticising or just coming in with an opinion...they were not there. !!!

Apalling? Really?  Roll Eyes

Anyway, the answer to your question is, historically, plenty of people. Cropredy was a two day festival for many, many years and was well attended during that period.

You cannot go back 25 years Al.

I am not suggesting that at all Dave. I possibly wasn't clear but what I am proposing is that it should be a modern festival with a focussed music policy (growing out of Fairport's legacy but clearly the band themselves can be longer be the primary commercial draw), catering to a more specific demographic without having to appeal to a mass popular audience. Something like Shrewsbury may be the model or the late lamented Big Session.

It can't do that because it is both physically and 'spiritually' tied to the one stage, static audience model....which really doesn't fit into the modern concept of what a festival 'is'.  I still think it should return to its original modus operandi.

 on: Today at 02:29:55 AM 
Started by Sue & Chris - Last post by gordon
Some lovely, heartfelt stuff here, about renditions of Sandy's songs at this year's Cropredy. I can't possibly comment, not been back for near 10 years, but the memory of her voice has been a dilemma for the Curator of the closing performance, and the whole bill of fayre, for many years, IMHO.
Sandy is Dead, though. Ask Paul Rodgers to sing with Queen, people say 'he's not Freddie Mercury, though, is he ?'
Of course he's not, Freddie Mercury is Dead.
Kate Rusby has recorded WKWTTG, but didn't sing it at Wickham a week earlier. It is for the Curator to judge just who gets to sing those songs, amongst those that were closest, not for us, who were afar, IMHO. If Fish made a hash of one, I hope someone youtube'd it. It's respect. G

 on: Today at 01:43:51 AM 
Started by Sue & Chris - Last post by hendo (Dave)

Saturday's Fairport playlist for the curious, or those who can't remember!

Ye Mariners All
Shuffle and Go
Crazy Man Michael
Summer By The Cherwell
Song For Sandy (with PJ Wright)
Bushes and Briars  (with PJ Wright & Anna Ryder)
Solo  (with Fish)
Rising for the Moon (with Iain Matthews)
It'll Take a Long Time  (with Kip Wilson)
Who Knows Where the Time Goes?
The Gallivant
Bring Me Back My Feathers (with Anna Ryder)
Rosemary's Sister (Simon Nicol & Chris Leslie )
Sir Patrick Spens
The Wood and the Wire
John Gaudie
Walk Awhile
Eleanor's Dream
A Surfeit of Lampreys (with Maartin Allcock)
Jewel in the Crown (with Maartin Allcock)
Matty Groves (with “Metal Matty” intro by Maartin Allcock)
Meet On The Ledge (with everyone)

You can look on that set list 2 ways. You can praise them for doing material by the latest incarnation of the band or you can say it has some very weak Fairport material on it .......and I have to agree as to why they didn't have female voices for the Sandy Tribute......

 on: Today at 12:45:58 AM 
Started by iandiddams - Last post by Sue & Chris
Yeah he definitely seemed a bit off-colour, a bit grumpy. Especially early on the Friday when he got Mera Royle's name wrong twice and kept going on about the weather as if it had been bucketing it down all day, when in reality we had a couple of hours of light to moderate rain.

Maybe the Maart situation cast a pall, and that's quite understandable, but surely his job is to get everyone going, regardless of what's going on backstage? I do like him, but this wasn't his finest hour.

 on: Today at 12:05:04 AM 
Started by Bridgwit (Bridget) - Last post by Simond11
Weve been coming for the past 23 years now, 18 as punters and 5 as press. We will never stop as long as we are able to as for us its an amazing place to goto and meet up with bestie mates. The music is secondary and we will always find something we like or head into the village for the fringe.

We do loads of festivals and croppers is the best for us :-)

 on: Yesterday at 11:58:05 PM 
Started by Bridgwit (Bridget) - Last post by Simond11
We had 3 but only came home with one ;-), no idea where the others went :-)

 on: Yesterday at 11:54:52 PM 
Started by David W - Last post by Gouty (Gary)
I’ve heard quite a bit about The Edge –how it has great beer, cider and sausages; how it does or does not profit the village – but, until now, I had no idea it was run by a bloke called Eric.

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