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« on: August 14, 2019, 10:50:17 AM »

Our first Cropredy was 2002, so we missed out on arguably the festival's imperial phase, and I'm interested in the way FC's Saturday set has changed.

Is is true that it used to be much longer than it is now? And was much more likely to wander through the lesser-visited parts of the back catalogue?

Before anyone says it, I'm not complaining - I'm as affected by age as anyone else! - just interested to know how different (or not) it used to be.

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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2019, 10:53:07 AM »

Yes - they certainly used to do a 3 hour set 2100 - 2359. I'm not sure they ever started at 2030 though, with a midnight finish.
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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2019, 10:53:22 AM »

Yes - often over 3 hours - 1997 set list suggests length of gig.

Seventeen Come Sunday
Danny Boy
Jenny's Chickens
Mason's Apron
Walk Awhile
Flatback Caper
Now Be Thankful
Poor Will and the Jolly Hangman
Sir Patrick Spens
Level Pegging
Journeyman's Grace
Angel Delight
John Lee
Pop Plinn
Rain
Zimmerman Blues
Cut Across Shorty
Sloth
Hens March
Four Poster Bed
Rosie
Me With You
Polly on the Shore
Haxhamshire Lass
Rising for the Moon
White Dress
Solo, John Barleycorn
Widow of Westmoreland's Daughter
Quiet Days of Brotherhood
Wat Tyler
Portmeirion
Hiring Fair
The Gas Almost Works
Cat on the Mixer
Three Left Feet
Red and Gold
Claudy Banks
Jewel in the Crown
Woodworm Swing
Who Knows Where the Time Goes
John Gaudie
Sailing Boat
Wishfulness Waltz
Dangerous
Royal Seleccion No. 13
Brilliancy Medley
Cherokee Shuffle
Matty Groves
Rutland Reel
Sack the Juggler
Fiddlestix
Dirty Linen
Si Tu Dois Partir
Meet on the Ledge

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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2019, 10:56:57 AM »

Now that's a setlist!

Just needs Sailing Boat, Wishfulness Waltz and Dangerous taken out to be almost perfect Wink
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2019, 11:01:31 AM »

Wasn't that setlist over the two evenings, though?  I think they played both Friday and Saturday for the 30th anniversary.  That's the year that produced the Cropredy Box CD I believe.
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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2019, 11:08:17 AM »


Yes - they certainly used to do a 3 hour set 2100 - 2359. I'm not sure they ever started at 2030 though, with a midnight finish.


I'm certain they did. It definitely used to start in daylight. When I first attended at the start of the 90s I went with someone who was a football journalist. He had to rush off and cover the first match of the season at a stadium in London. The match finished about 5pm and he usually missed the first couple of songs of Fairport's set when he got back something after 8pm. The set time used to be extended because they had stuff like the drawing of the raffle in the middle of it.
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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2019, 11:31:20 AM »



Yes - they certainly used to do a 3 hour set 2100 - 2359. I'm not sure they ever started at 2030 though, with a midnight finish.


I'm certain they did. It definitely used to start in daylight. When I first attended at the start of the 90s I went with someone who was a football journalist. He had to rush off and cover the first match of the season at a stadium in London. The match finished about 5pm and he usually missed the first couple of songs of Fairport's set when he got back something after 8pm. The set time used to be extended because they had stuff like the drawing of the raffle in the middle of it.


Yes, I definitely remember Red and Gold being played (maybe that year - 1997?) as the sun went down behind Jonah's Oak (not that it was called that then) and the sky turning the appropriate colours.
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« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2019, 12:05:50 PM »

Fairport's start times from the programmes I have to hand...
2004 2030
2005 2030
2007 2030
2008 2100
2009 2100
2010 2100
2014 2200
2015 2130
2016 2130
2017 2100
2018 2130
2019 2130
(all end times midnight)
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« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2019, 12:12:21 PM »

2004 was a late start then...
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« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2019, 12:15:55 PM »


2004 was a late start then...
Did you mean 2014? This was the "Year of the Prog" - my favourite Cropredy ever  Cheesy

There was certainly a lot of acts to pack in!!

Saturday 9 August
•Richard Digance
•Reg Meuross
•Blackbeard's Tea Party
•Treetop Flyers
•Cara Dillon
•Marillion
•Al Stewart
•Fairport Convention

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« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2019, 12:21:17 PM »

Oops, yes 2014, sorry.
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« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2019, 12:39:20 PM »

I seem to remember that they once even started prior 8 pm - somewhere late '90 / or very early years in this century
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« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2019, 12:47:37 PM »


Wasn't that setlist over the two evenings, though?  I think they played both Friday and Saturday for the 30th anniversary.  That's the year that produced the Cropredy Box CD I believe.


Actually looking at the Cropredy Box, this setlist was just for Saturday!  I was there (my second visit) but don't remember how early they came on (and I think it's the only year I was at that I don't have a programme for).
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« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2019, 12:51:51 PM »



Wasn't that setlist over the two evenings, though?  I think they played both Friday and Saturday for the 30th anniversary.  That's the year that produced the Cropredy Box CD I believe.


Actually looking at the Cropredy Box, this setlist was just for Saturday!  I was there (my second visit) but don't remember how early they came on (and I think it's the only year I was at that I don't have a programme for).


Yes, they played an early years set on the Friday with material from the 1st album up to L&L.

Incidentally, I don't think they actually played Seventeen Come Sunday. That was a bonus studio cut on the album.
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« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2019, 12:59:07 PM »


Incidentally, I don't think they actually played Seventeen Come Sunday. That was a bonus studio cut on the album.


Wasn't "Seventeen Come Sunday" done as a one-off for filming by Ken Russell? Was that at the 1997 festival?
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« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2019, 01:15:42 PM »



Incidentally, I don't think they actually played Seventeen Come Sunday. That was a bonus studio cut on the album.


Wasn't "Seventeen Come Sunday" done as a one-off for filming by Ken Russell? Was that at the 1997 festival?


That definitely happened one year and they mimed to the studio version for the filming. Don't think it was '97 but I may be wrong.
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« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2019, 01:19:58 PM »

IMDB suggests the film came out in 1977 (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0183349/) so I guess the filming would've been 1996 or '7
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« Reply #17 on: August 14, 2019, 01:20:35 PM »


IMDB suggests the film came out in 1977 (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0183349/) so I guess the filming would've been 1996 or '7


Pretty sure it was 1997

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« Reply #18 on: August 14, 2019, 01:28:38 PM »



IMDB suggests the film came out in 1977 (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0183349/) so I guess the filming would've been 1996 or '7


Pretty sure it was 1997

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On reflection I think you are right and that is why it is listed as the first song on the Saturday setlist because they did not actually play it. They mimed it and filmed it before the real set began. They then sang (with the crowd) Danny Boy down the phone to Danny Thompson who was unwell at the time after which the proper set began.
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« Reply #19 on: August 14, 2019, 01:33:17 PM »

I'm sure I've seen at least 4 hour sets.
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