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Fairport Convention are an English folk rock and electric folk band. Formed in 1967, they are widely regarded as the most important group in the English folk rock movement.

Their seminal album Liege & Lief is considered to have launched the electric folk or English folk rock movement, which provided a distinctively English identity to rock music and helped awaken much wider interest in traditional music in general. The large number of personnel who have been part of the band are among the most highly regarded and influential musicians of their era and have gone on to participate in a large number of significant bands, or enjoyed important solo careers.

Since 1979, they have hosted the Cropredy Festival, which is the largest such annual event in England. Individually and collectively the members of Fairport Convention have received numerous awards recognizing their contribution to music and culture. As of 2014, they continue to record and tour.

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Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1968 Fairport Convention 4 5
1969 What We Did on Our Holidays 4
1969 Unhalfbricking 7
1969 Liege & Lief 9
1970 Full House 5
1971 Angel Delight 3
1971 "Babbacombe" Lee 2
1973 Rosie 2
1975 Rising for the Moon 3
1976 Gottle o' Geer 2
1978 Tipplers Tales 3 3
1985 Gladys' Leap 1
1986 Expletive Delighted 1
1989 Red & Gold 4
1990 The Five Seasons 2
1992 Nine 5 2
1995 Jewel in the Crown 2
1997 Who Knows Where the Time Goes? 3
2000 Wishfulness Waltz 3
2000 The Wood and the Wire 2
2000 Kind Fortune 1
2002 XXXV 2
2004 Over The Next Hill 1
2007 Sense of Occasion 1
2007 The Bonny Bunch of Roses 1
2011 Festival Bell 1
2012 By Popular Request 1
Farewell, Farewell 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1987 Heyday: BBC Radio Sessions 1968-1969 2
1992 The Bonny Bunch of Roses & Tipplers Tales 1
1996 Old New Borrowed Blue 1
1998 Fiddlestix: The Best of Fairport 1972-1984 1
1999 Meet on the Ledge: The Classic Years (1967–1975) 1
1999 "What We Did on Our Holidays" An Introduction to Fairport Convention 1
1999 Rhythm of the Time 1
2002 Then & Now 1982–1996: The Best of Fairport Convention 1
2003 Heritage 1
2005 Chronicles 1
2005 A Lasting Spirit: The Collection 1
2006 The Classic Collection 1
2008 Off the Desk 1
2008 Meet on the Ledge 1
2008 The Best Of The BBC Recordings 1
A Chronicle of Sorts: 1967–1969 1
Close to the Wind 1
Fairport Unconventional 1
Fame and Glory 1
Shines Like Gold 1
The Best of Fairport Convention 1
The Fairport Chronicles by Fairport Convention 1

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