Since the release of the "Cropredy Capers" Box Set in 2004 much live Fairport has seen the light of day. This year (2005) The Woodworm Archives series has released two fine CD's from 1975 and 1996 that both belong in any Fairport collection. In addition the "Live Convention" CD has been re-released and re-mastered with several bonus cuts making it another "must-have" disc... (and this is only August).
The new double CD set is showcase for the current band that has been touring around the world for almost nine years now. This set is from the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury , England on 22 Feb 2003 and the complete show is featured over 2 disks. This tour featured many tunes from "Wood & The Wire" and "XXXV" and some of the old favorities such as "Walk Awhile", "Level Pegging" & Journeyman's Grace are here as well. "Rosie" is wonderfully sung by Chris Leslie. The "Theme From MASH" & "End of a Holiday" are part of the "Matty Groves" finale and "Meet on the Ledge" features guest Andy Guttridge (2nd verse) on vocals & guitar.
This is Fairport where they belong...on stage singing and playing and really having fun. If "Scum-Half Bricking" is still available (Derby show from 19 Feb 2003) with Dave Swarbrick, pick that one up as well.
Another great live disk from the chaps...can't wait for their long-overdue return to the "Left Coast".