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Thread #146981   Message #3406185
Posted By: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
17-Sep-12 - 11:28 AM
Thread Name: Fairport on BBC4 Tonight
Subject: RE: Fairport on BBC4 Tonight
I've recorded but not got round to watching the Doc & Gig yet.

All I can say is that in the 70s I was very aware of their LP titles and sleeve art
via the free annual Island Records catalogue,
but for some reason I never heard any of their albums.
Even though I was a teenager in search of good folk rock...

It's a complete mystery to me now why they escaped my attention.
Were they never on the Whistle Test or Top of the Pops...???
Or John Peel's late night radio show ???

Local older hippy dope dealers introduced me to bands
with at that time little or no current media presence
such Pentangle & Gong
when we youngsters were learning the intricate rituals and etiquette
of joint making & smoking in the comfort of their squats;

but I don't remember knowing anyone who ever played me any Fairports..???

Finally got round to seeing them live about 5 to 8 years ago
and thought they were excellent entertainment,
especially the fiddle playing.

So aquired loads of their CD back catalogue which I enjoyed to varying extents...

Then saw them again a couple of years later
and was disapointed that their new set seemed focused mainly
on dull country & westernish MOR easy listening songs.

So don't think I'd bother paying to ever see them again.

Unless this televised recent gig convinces me otherwise..