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UB40, Badly Drawn Boy and Hayseed Dixie are among the guests lined up for Fairport's Cropredy Convention.

Around 20,000 music fans will be heading for the North Oxfordshire site near Banbury next week to take part in the annual three-day get-together hosted by folk-rock legends Fairport Convention.

The festival's star-packed programme kicks off 4pm on Thursday with a set by Fairport's acoustic line-up followed by acclaimed young fiddle and guitar duo Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts, rising star singer and guitarist Blair Dunlop, the reunited and celebrated folk-rock band Home Service, Appalachian "rockgrass hellraisiers" Hayseed Dixie and a closing set by Birmingham's reggae superstars UB40.

Next Friday's guests include writer of classic songs Steve Tilston, the innovative arrangements of guitar, percussion and two fiddles of The Urban Folk Quartet and California's blues phenomenon Seasick Steve.

Celtic rockers Horslips perform next Saturday plus award-winning Anglo-Scottish trio Lau and Mercury Music Prize winner Badly Drawn Boy before Fairport Convention's marathon final set.

Earlybird tickets have sold out but tickets should be available at the gate. Go to for details.

FOLKDIARY TONIGHT Wayne Taylor & Appalopsa: Heart of England Bluegrass Club, War Memorial Club, Stafford Lane, Bulkington, 02476 312258.

Music Session with the Quiet Men: Somerville Arms, Campion Terrace, Leamington, 8.30pm.

TOMORROW Phil Hare, plus Malc Gurnham & Gill Gilsenan: Village Hall, Napton, 8pm. Traditional Irish Music Session: Quigleys, Albert Street, Rugby, 8pm 01788 571315.

SUNDAY Teddy Thompson: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford, 7.30pm. 0844 800 1110.

Singers Night: Sty Folk Club, Green Lane Ex-Service Club, Beanfield Avenue, Coventry, 8.30pm, free admission, 07986 306636.

Acoustic singaround: Royal Warwicks Club, Tower Street, Coventry, 2.30pm to 4.30pm, free admission.

MONDAY Music Session: The Whitefriars, Gosford Street, Coventry, 8.30pm, 02476 441525.

Song and Music Session: Quigleys, Albert Street, Rugby, 9.30pm 01788 571315.

TUESDAY Ron Holmes and Allen Maslen plus Paul Buckley: Green Man, Church Road, Long Itchington, near Southam, 8.30pm, 01926 811707.

Comhaltas Music Session: The Hearsall Inn, Craven Street, Coventry, 9pm, 02476 451041/715729.

WEDNESDAY Midsummer Singaround: Bedworth Folk Club, The Old Black Bank, Coventry Road, Bedworth, 8.30pm, free (raffle and jug collection), 07760 190309.

THURSDAY Singaround: The Tump Music Club, Coombe Social Club, Brinklow Road, Binley, Coventry, 7.30pm, 02476 714370.

* GUITAR wizard Phil Hare (left) is headlining a one-off concert in Napton Village Hall tomorrow.

Phil's expertise on guitar is complemented by a rich singing voice, humorous stage banter and a repertoire of socially aware songs with some great choruses.

Support comes from local duo Malc Gurnham and Gill Gilsenan. The music starts 8.30pm and tickets are available on the door.


GUESTS: Badly Drawn Boy (main picture), Midlands group UB40 (left), Fairport Convention (right) and Hayseed Dixie (below).
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Date:Aug 5, 2011
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