Q - 1/02, p.1003 out of 5 stars
- "English folk-rock [band] hit[s] 35th anniversary album....a little of everything....a satisfying snapshot of where [this] folk-rock band has been and...where it's going..."
Fairport Convention includes: Simon Nicol (vocals, guitar); Chris Leslie (vocals, violin, banjo, mandolin); Dave Peggy (vocals, bass); Ric Sanders (violin, electric piano); Gerry Conway (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel includes: Anna Ryder (vocals, penny whistle, accordion, piano); Ian Anderson (flute).
Recorded at Woodworm Studios, Oxfordshire, England in 2001.
Personnel: Simon Nicol (vocals, guitar); Chris Leslie (vocals, tenor banjo, mandolin, electric mandolin, violin); Anna Ryder (vocals, pennywhistle, accordion, French horn, piano); Dave Pegg (vocals, bass guitar); Chris While, Julie Matthews (vocals); Mark Tucker (electric guitar, E-bow); Ric Sanders (violin, baritone violin, electric piano); Ian Anderson (flute); Chas McDevitt (trumpet); Chris Knibbs (trombone); Gerry Conway (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Mark Tucker .
Recording information: Woodworm Studios, Barford St. Michael, Oxfordshire, Eng (2001).
Photographer: Colin Edwards.
Arrangers: Chris Leslie; Fairport Convention; Gerry Conway; Ric Sanders; Simon Nicol.
The legendary Fairport Convention reunited for an anniversary concert in 2002, and XXXV captures the magic of their performance at the Anvil Theater in Basingstoke, England. The quintessential British folk-rock band of the 1960s, Fairport Convention distinguished itself by basing its sound on traditional British folk, but transforming it with a modern sensibility and the superb musicianship of the band's members. That alchemy is still in evidence decades later in these charged performances that include some of the band's best-loved tunes.