The Incredible Legacy of Fairport Convention

Many great bands have created a cool new sound. But how many start an entirely new genre? Fairport Convention did just that in 1969, providing the essential template for all Celtic-rock to come. Any recording that contains even a whiff of amplified traditional music from the U.K., or Ireland, owes something to Fairport, which means bands ranging from The Pogues and Flogging Molly to Led Zeppelin and U2. While other ’60s acts, like Pentangle and The Incredible String Band, did their part to revive the jigs, reels and ballads of traditional music, Fairport were the first to soup-up those styles with the full punch and wail of psychedelic-rock.

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