'Meet on the Ledge'
To the marvellous, cavernous Union Chapel in Islington last night - the 'Congregational cathedral' - to see the equally illustrious (and ancient) Fairport Convention. You can see three of the band above - including the two real veterans, Simon Nicol on the left and Dave Pegg in the middle (it's Chris Leslie on the right).
Alongside quite a bit of entirely respectable new material, Fairport also delivered a handful of their vintage hits, including 'Crazy Man Michael', the peerless 'Matty Groves' and as the encore - inevitably - the hugely evocative 'Meet on the Ledge'.
I reckon if you take the combined age of the five current members of Fairport Convention and head that far back into the past, you will be well into the first Elizabethan era.
Simon Nicol dedicated 'Crazy Man Michael' to the daughter of Sandy Denny, who was in the audience. Sandy Denny was the band's quite wonderful lead singer until shortly before her tragically early death in 1978 - and the magic she wove over Fairport is still much missed.
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