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  • FolkCast presents the first ever official podcast of Fairport's Cropredy Convention, the music festival that fills the fields around the village of Cropredy, Oxfordshire, England on the second weekend in August every year.

  • There will be nine weekly preview podcasts, profiling all the festival bands and talking to Fairport and the villagers, plus the FolkCast crew – Phil, Babba and Jo – will be podcasting live through the festival itself bringing you all the atmosphere, gossip and fun, so even if you can't make it to the festival you can be there in spirit, wherever in the world you may be! And if you are going to be at the festival, bookmark this page now and download the live podcasts to your mobile as they happen!

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This year the festival
runs from:

Thursday August 11th
Saturday August 13th

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NOTE: These Shows Are Not Currently Available.

Edition I, 2011

Simon Nicol and Dave Pegg from Fairport Convention, plus Festival Director Gareth Williams, talk about how bands are selected for the festival and we profile the first of this year's line-up:
Fairport Acoustic Convention - Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts - Blair Dunlop


Edition II, 2011

Find out why Cropredy is not only a folk festival, reminisce about a couple of controversial bands from festivals past, hear about how the festival might change (or not) in future and hear music from Thursday's top of the bill: Home Service - Hayseed Dixie - UB40


Edition III, 2011

Chris Leslie and Ric Sanders discuss Fairport's annual three-hour marathon live set; we play a very rare live track featuring Richard Thompson and FC; and we profile Friday's openers:
Moore Moss & Rutter
- The Travelling Band - Steve Tilston & The Durbervilles


Edition IV, 2011

Simon and Peggy, Chris and Ric reveal more about the organisation of the festival, and we hear about cheap oakleys, and from, this year's Friday afternoon delights: Charlie Dore - The Dylan Project - The Urban Folk Quartet


Edition V, 2011

Fairport Convention reveal that things don't always go to plan at the festival; there's the latest question in the podcast quiz to win exclusive goodie bags; and we replay a classic moment from Cropredy 1998. Plus our preview of this year's artists continues with music from Friday night's headliners:
The Coral
- Seasick Steve


Edition VI, 2011

An exclusive, never-commercially-released live version of a song from Fairport Convention, stories of their first Cropredy appearances from Ric, Chris and Gerry, plus stories about, and music from, the artists who will start this year's Saturday bill:
Richard Digance - The Shee - The Blockheads - Lau


Edition VII, 2011

We go back into the vaults for a live recording from Cropredy 30 years ago, we discuss why our festival is unique and check out the ultimate megamix of a Fairport anthem! We also reach the climax of our preview of artists appearing at this year's festival with a look at, and music from, Saturday night's bands:
Horslips - Badly Drawn Boy - Fairport Convention and Friends


Edition VIII, 2011

What does it take to turn farm fields into a major festival and a tent city for up to 20,000 people? Festival Director Gareth Williams tells us all about the planning, preparation and
persperation that turns Cropredy into the Cropredy Festival.
Plus competitions, tips and music from Fringe and Fest faves Leatherat


Edition IX, 2011

We conclude our interview with Festival Director Gareth Williams, talking about everything from setting up the stage to providing the excellent toilets, and discover the history of the festival field's enormous bar. We get an insider's view from more villagers, and there's Jo's exclusive guide to the Festival Fringe, featuring music from bands including:
Mary Jane - Screamin' Abdabs - Mama Rosin - Sambassadors Of Groove - Red Shoes
Fringe Venues: The Red Lion - The Brasenose Arms


Edition X, 2011

Hurray! We're on the field and ready to fest...

Edition XI, 2011
It's Day 1 of Fairport's Cropredy Convention 2011. We chat to Simon Nicol, hear live music from Red Shoes, and talk to Alastair Simms of Wadworth about the festival bar.
Edition XII, 2011
Day 2 at Cropredy and we chat to Fairport's Dave Pegg, discover an impromptu gathering of Morris dancers and cheap ray bans, and meet the festival's vegetarian legend, Leon Lewis.
Edition XIII, 2011
On Day 3 we take a trip into Cropredy village, have breakfast at the Village Hall, go to the pubs, watch some Morris dancing, and get a visit at Camp FolkCast from the Urban Folk Quartet ... well, three of them at least!
Edition XIV, 2011
A final farewell to the festival for this year, featuring interviews with fans, musicians, crew and celebrities who all share a love of Cropredy, including broadcaster 'Whispering' Bob Harris, festival compere Bobby Bragg and musicians Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts and Jack Rutter and Tom Moore . There's live music from ahab, plus some news about next year's festival.


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'Spirit Of Cropredy' Photographic Competition

Can you capture the essence of the festival in a single image? We're looking for the image that best sums up everything that Cropredy is about. What that looks like is up to you, and up to Fairport's very own Simon Nicol, who will be judging the contest!

The winner will receive a Cropredy goodie bag, and the winning image will be printed in a Fairport tour programme.

Full details, rules, terms and conditions.


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Podcast Prize Quiz

In each of the nine preview podcasts there is a quiz question.

Answer all nine and email your entry to us, using the subject line "Cropredy Quiz" .

We'll pick three winners at random from all the correct entries after the closing date is midnight on Thursday September 1st, British time.


Winners will receive a fabulous Cropredy goodie bag full of items from Fairport, FolkCast and Wadworth.

Remember, you must send all nine answers in one email, and include your name and postal address. All other entries will be void.

Full details, rules, terms and conditions.



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