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Wood and the Wire
     

The Wood and the Wire

by Fairport Convention
 
With a history that stretches back to 1967 and an alumni list that includes Richard Thompson, Sandy Denny, and Iain Matthews, Fairport Convention is the band that put English folk-rock on the map. After more than three decades and various personnel changes, the venerable

Overview

With a history that stretches back to 1967 and an alumni list that includes Richard Thompson, Sandy Denny, and Iain Matthews, Fairport Convention is the band that put English folk-rock on the map. After more than three decades and various personnel changes, the venerable combo's melding of Celtic riffs and rock rhythms remains as infectious as ever. The Wood and the Wire marks the band's first release on the Compass label and spotlights the band's acclaimed new lineup, with singer/multi-instrumentalist Chris Leslie and noted drummer Gerry Conway (whose lengthy resume includes work with the aforementioned Thompson and Denny) joining founding singer/guitarist Simon Nicol, 30-year-veteran bassist Dave Pegg, and decade-plus violinist Ric Sanders on a winsome set that features such notable numbers as the rocking title track, the haunting "A Year and a Day," the intriguing "The Dancer," and the thought-provoking "Heart of the Song. "

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Sleger
There's no doubt that Fairport Convention chose the right man for the job upon Martin Allcock's departure after Old-New-Borrowed-Blue (1996). His replacement, Chris Leslie (Whippersnapper and Albion Band), has assumed an obvious leadership position within this legendary band. He either wrote or co-wrote (with writing partner Nigel Stonier) nine of the selections on The Wood and the Wire and sang lead on seven cuts. With a voice that resembles onetime Fairport member Ian Matthews, a fiddle and mandolin style that recalls one of the most beloved Fairport alumni Dave Swarbrick, and a songwriting style that conveys folk imagery in the inimitable Fairport manner, Leslie seems to have been part of this "moveable feast" for much longer than three years. While a fiddler by trade, Leslie relinquishes that instrument for most of this album in favor of the mandolin and bouzouki; the role of longtime violin player Ric Sanders has been unaffected as a result of Leslie joining the band. Fairport Convention has long possessed the knack of selecting songs from outside sources (Bob Dylan, Ralph McTell, Huw Williams, et al.) and transforming them into classics of their own. On this album they appear to continue the trend with three choice songs -- "The Heart of the Song" by Peter Scrowther, "Western Wind," a traditional piece brought to their attention by Susan McKeown, and Steve Tilston's "Rocky Road," all sung venerably by guitarist Simon Nicol with Leslie and bassist Dave Pegg sharing the lead on the final selection. Drummer Gerry Conway appears with the band for the first time since 1973's Rosie.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/25/2000
Label:
Compass Records
UPC:
0766397429724
catalogNumber:
974297

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fairport Convention   Primary Artist
Simon Nicol   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Dave Pegg   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Double Bass
Gerry Conway   Conga,Drums,Tambourine,Bells,Bodhran,Shaker,cowbell,Wood Block,Wind Chimes,Moroccan Drum
Chris Leslie   Bouzouki,Mandolin,Vocals,Background Vocals,Didjeridu
Ric Sanders   Violin

Technical Credits

Simon Nicol   Arranger,Producer
Dave Pegg   Arranger,Producer
Gerry Conway   Arranger
Chris Leslie   Arranger,Composer
Mark Tucker   Producer,Engineer
Ric Sanders   Arranger,String Arrangements
Mick Toole   Cover Photo
Nigel Stonier   Composer
Peter Scrowther   Composer

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