Fairport’s Dave Pegg back in action

Fairport Convention’s Dave Pegg
back in action for May/June tour

Legendary folk-rock outfit Fairport Convention will welcome the return of long-serving member Dave Pegg on bass guitar when the band hits the road this spring. Earlier in the year, his son Matt had to stand in as bassist when Pegg senior badly injured his hand in a kitchen accident.

“In January, I severed a tendon in the first finger of my left hand while I was emptying the dishwasher,” Dave recalls. “The irony is I’d just spent two days chain-sawing firewood without incident.”

“My hand was in a splint for six weeks so I couldn’t play bass or mandolin on Fairport’s winter tour. Luckily, Matt is a bass player too – like father like son – and he was available to deputise for me. Now I’m raring to get back on the road and really looking forward to playing with the band again.”

Fairport Convention’s semi-acoustic spring tour will have an intimate feel and will visit thirty-odd venues and festivals between Thursday 1 May and Saturday 7 June. The concerts will feature a mix of new songs and long-established favourites from the Fairport repertoire.

The band’s line-up features Simon Nicol (vocals, guitar), Dave Pegg (bass guitar), Ric Sanders (violin), Chris Leslie (mandolin, fiddle, vocals) and Gerry Conway (percussion).

Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, Oxfordshire-based Fairport Convention has been playing for nearly fifty years yet remains as vibrant and inventive as ever.

After the spring tour, Fairport will be preparing for their annual open-air music festival at Cropredy in Oxfordshire which takes place on 7, 8 and 9 August.