History Music / FairportConvention

11th Sep '17 4:14:05 PM CassandraLeo
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-->"Meet On The Ledge"

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-->"Meet On The on the Ledge"



As band members left to pursue thir own directions Fairport Convention when through many lineup changes. The band that made the 1973 album ''Rosie'' had no members in common with those that made 1969's ''Music/{{Unhalfbricking}}''. By the late 1970s Britain had lost its appetite for folk-rock; few were buying their records and they were reduced to a small cult following only around the folk club scene. Poor sales led to the end of their recording contract and the band formally broke up, agreeing to meet for a reunion once a year in Cropredy, the home of bass player Dave Pegg who by then was the FaceOfTheBand. In 1985, with the growing success of the Cropredy Festival and the return of Simon Nicol, they reformed and have enjoyed modest success and a devoted following with a stable lineup to the present day.

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As band members left to pursue thir own directions Fairport Convention when went through many lineup changes. The band that made the 1973 album ''Rosie'' had no members in common with those that made 1969's ''Music/{{Unhalfbricking}}''. By the late 1970s Britain had lost its appetite for folk-rock; few were buying their records and they were reduced to a small cult following only around the folk club scene. Poor sales led to the end of their recording contract and the band formally broke up, agreeing to meet for a reunion once a year in Cropredy, the home of bass player Dave Pegg who by then was the FaceOfTheBand. In 1985, with the growing success of the Cropredy Festival and the return of Simon Nicol, they reformed and have enjoyed modest success and a devoted following with a stable lineup to the present day.
11th Sep '17 4:10:34 PM CassandraLeo
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* LongRunner: As of 2015 the band has been together in one form or another for 48 years.

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* LongRunner: As of 2015 2017, the band has been together in one form or another for 48 fifty years.
25th Jul '17 3:29:40 PM Exxolon
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25th Jul '17 3:27:40 PM Exxolon
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->''We used to say that come the day,\\
We'd all be making songs,\\
Or finding better words,\\
These ideas never lasted long.''
-->"Meet On The Ledge"
19th Jul '17 5:54:57 AM DavidCowie
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* TypoOnTheCover: A budget re-release of ''Unhalfbricking'' has the album title as UNHALF BRICKING on the rear cover, with "Si tu dois partir" turned into "Is tu dois partir".
30th Apr '17 4:16:03 PM CassandraLeo
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* ProgressiveRock: Some of their songs could be considered to constitute early examples of progressive folk. Prog Archives has them listed as a "Prog Related" act.
1st Apr '17 1:57:00 PM CassandraLeo
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* AmbiguousSituation: A number of the folk ballads Fairport covered don't spell everything out. "Reynardine" is a warning to young women about the title character, but it's not clear whether the implication is DeathBySex, RapeAsDrama, abduction, or something else. Similarly, it's not entirely clear why gold-haired maidens are warned not to go to Carterhaugh in "Tam Lin", or who's giving the warning (the song does explicitly state that "their maidenhead" is at risk, but it's not clear whether the implication is RapeAsDrama or DeathBySex; some versions of the original text have Tam Lin giving the warning himself, but Fairport's leaves the speaker ambiguous), and it's never explicitly stated in Fairport's version whether Janet's encounter with Tam Lin (which leaves her pregnant and isn't actually described) is consensual, though their behaviour afterwards suggests that it was.

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* AmbiguousSituation: A number of the folk ballads Fairport covered don't spell everything out. "Reynardine" is a warning to young women about the title character, but it's not clear whether the implication is DeathBySex, RapeAsDrama, abduction, or something else. Similarly, it's not entirely clear why gold-haired maidens are warned not to go to Carterhaugh in "Tam Lin", or who's giving the warning (the song does explicitly state that "their maidenhead" - i.e., virginity - is at risk, but it's not clear whether the implication is RapeAsDrama or DeathBySex; some versions of the original text have Tam Lin giving the warning himself, while others have Janet's father giving the warning, but Fairport's leaves the speaker ambiguous), and it's never explicitly stated in Fairport's version whether Janet's encounter with Tam Lin (which leaves her pregnant and isn't actually described) is consensual, though their behaviour afterwards suggests that it was.
31st Mar '17 5:58:16 PM CassandraLeo
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* AmbiguousSituation: A number of the folk ballads Fairport covered don't spell everything out. "Reynardine" is a warning to young women about the title character, but it's not clear whether the implication is DeathBySex, RapeAsDrama, or something else. Similarly, it's not entirely clear why Tam Lin warns "young maidens" not to go to Carterhaugh (this is the case in the original text as well, but RapeAsDrama and DeathBySex are implications here as well), and it's never clearly stated in Fairport's version how Janet becomes pregnant, though Tam Lin is strongly implied to be the father.

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* AmbiguousSituation: A number of the folk ballads Fairport covered don't spell everything out. "Reynardine" is a warning to young women about the title character, but it's not clear whether the implication is DeathBySex, RapeAsDrama, abduction, or something else. Similarly, it's not entirely clear why Tam Lin warns "young maidens" gold-haired maidens are warned not to go to Carterhaugh (this is in "Tam Lin", or who's giving the case in warning (the song does explicitly state that "their maidenhead" is at risk, but it's not clear whether the implication is RapeAsDrama or DeathBySex; some versions of the original text as well, have Tam Lin giving the warning himself, but RapeAsDrama and DeathBySex are implications here as well), Fairport's leaves the speaker ambiguous), and it's never clearly explicitly stated in Fairport's version how Janet becomes pregnant, though whether Janet's encounter with Tam Lin (which leaves her pregnant and isn't actually described) is strongly implied to be the father.consensual, though their behaviour afterwards suggests that it was.


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* LawOfInverseFertility: In "Tam Lin", Janet, an unmarried noblewoman, who is obviously one of the people who can ''least'' afford to get pregnant, gets pregnant from her encounter with the title character, which is strongly implied to be her first. It's a case of EarnYourHappyEnding, though, because they end up marrying at the end.
31st Mar '17 5:48:08 PM CassandraLeo
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* MoodWhiplash: Done deliberately in "Matty Groves", in which the bloody ending of the song's tale is immediately followed by a riotous major-key jam.
31st Mar '17 5:43:44 PM CassandraLeo
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* AmbiguousSituation: A number of the folk ballads Fairport covered don't spell everything out. "Reynardine" is a warning to young women about the title character, but it's not clear whether the implication is DeathBySex, RapeAsDrama, or something else. Similarly, it's not entirely clear why Tam Lin warns "young maidens" not to go to Carterhaugh (this is the case in the original text as well, but RapeAsDrama and DeathBySex are implications here as well), and it's never clearly stated in Fairport's version how Janet becomes pregnant, though Tam Lin is strongly implied to be the father.



* ConceptAlbum: "Babbacombe Lee".

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* ConceptAlbum: "Babbacombe Lee".''Babbacombe Lee''.



* DeathBySex: A common fate in the folk songs the band covered, including "Matty Groves".
* DownerEnding: Another common thread in the band's cover material, often extending to KillEmAll levels ("Sir Patrick Spens" is an example here).



* RockOpera: "Babbacombe Lee" tells in a folk-ballad style the true story of John "Babbacombe" Lee, sentenced to hang for the murder of his employer but released after the gallows failed to operated three times in succession.

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* RockOpera: "Babbacombe Lee" ''Babbacombe Lee'' tells in a folk-ballad style the true story of John "Babbacombe" Lee, sentenced to hang for the murder of his employer but released after the gallows failed to operated three times in succession.
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