Live in Maid­stone 1970 Voice­print

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By 1970, Fair­port Con­ven­tion had been to­gether for more than three years, a pe­riod in which they had recorded and re­leased five stu­dio al­bums, in­clud­ing the folk/rock clas­sic Liege and Leaf. This re­dis­cov­ered per­for­mance was recorded by di­rec­tor Tony Palmer at the quaint Maid­stone Fi­esta in the sum­mer of 1970. Fair­port Con­ven­tion had just recorded Full House, which fea­tured the ster­ling line-up of Richard Thompson, Si­mon Ni­col, and Daves Pegg, Swar­brick and Mat­tacks. The per­for­mance is as you’d ex­pect from a bunch of rangy folkies – rough as a briar patch but ex­ud­ing more swag­ger than a pack of prowl­ing skin­heads. A cou­ple of songs from FC-con­nected band Matthews South­ern Com­fort (My Front Pages, South­ern Com­fort) sit well with the likes of FC’s jigs, reels and songs such as Sir Pa­trick Spens and Now Be Thank­ful. A cu­rio snap­shot of a dif­fer­ent era; ex­tras in­clude a 2007 in­ter­view with Palmer.

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