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Fairport Convention

Some may come and some may go, but Fairport go on forever

Ex Marks The Spot

The onetime couple's three albums for Island, plus lives and BBC sessions

Fairport Convention – The Cropredy Box

Cropredy 1997 was a valiant attempt to bring together all the significant Fairport line-ups. At best, this is a memento of the occasion, and should carry a "For Diehards Only" warning. With Ian Matthews absent and Vicki Clayton only a spirited stand-in for the irreplaceable Sandy Denny, this ersatz model sounds unconvincing. Only the Full House band workouts truly pass muster, with both Richard Thompson and Dave Swarbrick in sparkling form. The rest reflects the patchiness of Fairport's work from the mid-'80s onwards, when the band's salad days were over.

Barry Dransfield

Lost folk treasure unearthed

Caitlin Cary – I’m Staying Out

Whiskeytown violinist goes it alone

Heavy Souls

Two discs including tracks from albums one to four and five to eight. Oh, and the best hard rock ever recorded
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