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Fairport Convention: Radio and TV Recording Sessions

This list of Fairport Convention's broadcasts is based on the booklet
Gypsy Love Songs & Sad Refrains: The Recordings of Richard Thompson and Sandy Denny
by Clinton Heylin (Copyright © Clinton Heylin 1987-1989)

John Peel's Top Gear, BBC Radio 1, rec. November 24, 1967, bc. December 10, 1967

Recorded in the Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue,
Producer: Bernie Andrews,
Engineer: Pete Ritzema

  1. Let's Get Together [Chet Powers]
  2. One Sure Thing [Harvey Brooks, Jim Glover]
  3. Lay Down Your Weary Tune [Bob Dylan]
  4. Chelsea Morning [Joni Mitchell]

3: Fairport Convention: Fairport unConventioNal (2002);
1-4: Fairport Convention: Live at the BBC (2007)

John Peel's Top Gear, BBC Radio 1, rec. February 6, 1968, bc. March 3, 1968:

Producer: Bernie Andrews,
Engineer: Dave Tate

  1. Violets of Dawn [Eric Andersen]
  2. If (Stomp) [Ian MacDonald, Richard Thompson]
  3. Time Will Show the Wiser [Emitt Rhodes]
  4. If I Had a Ribbon Bow [Huey Prince, Louis Singer]

1-4: Fairport Convention: Live at the BBC (2007)

The David Symonds Show, BBC Radio 1, rec. March 11, 1968, bc. March 18-22, 1968

  1. If (Stomp) [Ian MacDonald, Richard Thompson]
  2. It's Alright Ma It's Only Witchcraft [Ashley Hutchings, Richard Thompson]
  3. It Takes a Lot to Laugh; It Takes a Train to Cry [Bob Dylan]
  4. Chelsea Morning [Joni Mitchell]

Bouton Rouge, French TV, bc. April 27, 1968

  1. Time Will Show the Wiser [Emitt Rhodes]
  2. Reno, Nevada [Richard Fariña]
  3. Morning Glory [Tim Buckley, L. Beckett]

1-2: Fairport Convention: Fairport unConventioNal (2002)

John Peel's Top Gear, BBC Radio 1, rec. May 28, 1968, bc. June 2, 1968

Recorded in Studio 1, 201 Piccadilly,
Producer: Bernie Andrews,
Engineer: Dave Tate

  1. Close the Door Lightly When You Go [Eric Andersen]
  2. I Don't Know Where I Stand [Joni Mitchell]
  3. Some Sweet Day [Felice & Boudleaux Bryant]
  4. You Never Wanted Me [Jackson C. Frank]
  5. Nottamun Town [trad. arr. Fairport Convention]

1-4: Fairport Convention: Heyday (cassette, 1976);
1-3: Fairport Convention: Heyday (CD, 1987);
1-5: Fairport Convention: Heyday (CD, 2002);
4: Sandy Denny: Who Knows Where the Time Goes? (1986);
5: Fairport Convention: From Past Archives (1992);
4: Ashley Hutchings: The Guv'nor Vol 2 (1995);
5: Fairport Convention: Fairport unConventioNal (2002);
2: Sandy Denny: A Boxful of Treasures (2004);
1-5: Fairport Convention: Live at the BBC (2007)

The David Symonds Show, BBC Radio 1, rec. June 18, 1968, bc. June 24-27, 1968

Producer: Bernie Andrews

  1. Jack O'Diamonds [Bob Dylan, Ben Carruthers]
  2. Morning Glory [Tim Buckley, L. Beckett]
  3. Marcie [Joni Mitchell]
  4. Night in the City [Joni Mitchell]

3-4: Ashley Hutchings: The Guv'nor Vol 3 (1995);
1, 3-4: Fairport Convention: Live at the BBC (2007)

John Peel's Top Gear, BBC Radio 1, rec. August 26, 1968, bc. September 1 and 29, 1968

Recorded at 201 Piccadilly, Studio 1,
Producer: Bernie Andrews,
Engineer: Pete Ritzema

  1. If It Feels Good, You Know It Can't Be Wrong [Richard Thompson, Ashley Hutchings]
  2. Gone, Gone, Gone [Phil & Don Everly]
  3. Suzanne [Leonard Cohen]
  4. Fotheringay [Sandy Denny]
  5. Eastern Rain [Joni Mitchell]

1-3: Fairport Convention: Heyday (1976 / 1987 / 2002);
5: Richard Thompson: Doom and Gloom from the Tomb (1985);
3: Fairport Convention: Fairport unConventioNal (2002);
1: Ashley Hutchings: Burning Bright: The Ashley Hutchings Story (2005);
1-5: Fairport Convention: Live at the BBC (2007)

How It Is, BBC Radio 1, bc. live August 29, 1968

  1. Morning Glory [Tim Buckley, L. Beckett]

Dutch Television Broadcast, mid-September 1968

  1. I Still Miss Someone [Johnny Cash & Roy Cash Jr.]
  2. Bird on a Wire [Leonard Cohen]
  3. If It Feels Good, You Know It Can't Be Wrong [Richard Thompson, Ashley Hutchings]
  4. I'll Keep It With Mine [Bob Dylan]
  5. Mr Lacey [Ashley Hutchings]

5: Fairport Convention: Fairport unConventioNal (2002)

John Peel's Night Ride, BBC Radio 1, rec. November 25, 1968, bc. December 16, 1968 and January 22, 1969

  1. Things You Gave Me [Gled D. Hardin]
  2. Morning Glory [Tim Buckley, L. Beckett]
  3. Meet on the Ledge [Richard Thompson]
  4. Bird on a Wire [Leonard Cohen]
  5. Mr Lacey [Ashley Hutchings]
  6. Autopsy [Sandy Denny]

6: Richard Thompson: Doom and Gloom Vol 2 (1991);
3: Fairport Convention: Fairport unConventioNal (2002)

The Stuart Henry Show, BBC Radio 1, rec. December 2, 1968, bc. December 8, 1968

Recorded at Studio 2, Aeolian Hall,
Producer: Aidan Day

  1. Bird on a Wire [Leonard Cohen]
  2. Mr Lacey [Ashley Hutchings]
  3. Meet on the Ledge [Richard Thompson]
  4. Reno, Nevada [Richard Fariña]

1: Fairport Convention: Heyday (1976 / 1987 / 2002);
2: Richard Thompson: (guitar, vocal) (1985);
3: Fairport Convention: From Past Archives (1992);
1: Sandy Denny: A Boxful of Treasures (2004);
1, 3: Fairport Convention: Live at the BBC (2007)

John Peel's Top Gear, BBC Radio 1, rec. December 9, 1968, bc. December 22, 1968

Recorded in Studio 1, 201 Piccadilly,
Producer: Bernie Andrews,
Engineer: Pete Ritzema

  1. Meet on the Ledge [Richard Thompson]
  2. She Moves Through the Fair [Padraic Colm / trad.]
  3. Light My Fire [Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robert Krieger, Ray Manzarek]
  4. I'll Keep It With Mine [Bob Dylan]
  5. Billy the Orphan Boy's Lonely Christmas

3: Fairport Convention: Live at the BBC (2007)

How It Is, BBC Radio 1, bc. live December 13, 1968

  1. Meet on the Ledge [Thompson]

The David Symonds Show, BBC Radio 1, rec. December 27, 1968, bc. January 6-10, 1969

Recorded in Studio 4, Maida Vale,
Producer: Ron Belcier

  1. I Still Miss Someone [Johnny Cash & Roy Cash Jr.]
  2. Tried So Hard [Gene Clark]
  3. Book Song [Ian Matthews, Richard Thompson]
  4. Reno, Nevada [Richard Fariña]
  5. Sandy (not bc.)

1-2, 4: Fairport Convention: Heyday (1976 / 1987 / 2002);
3: Richard Thompson: Doom and Gloom from the Tomb (1985);
1-4: Fairport Convention: Live at the BBC (2007)

Radio One Club, BBC Radio 1, rec. January 6, 1969, bc. January 20, 1969

  1. I Still Miss Someone [Johnny Cash & Roy Cash Jr.]
  2. Jack O'Diamonds [B.Dylan/B.Carruthers]
  3. Bird on a Wire [Leonard Cohen]
  4. You're Gonna Need My Help [McKinley Morganfield (Muddy Waters)]
  5. Meet on the Ledge [Richard Thompson]

4: Fairport Convention: From Past Archives (1992)

Symonds on Sunday, BBC Radio 1, rec. February 4, 1969, bc. February 9, 1969

Recorded at Studio 1, 201 Piccadilly,
Producer: John Walters,
Engineer: Tony Wilson

  1. Shattering Live Experience [Simon Nicol]
  2. Who Knows Where the Time Goes? [Sandy Denny]
  3. You're Gonna Need My Help [McKinley Morganfield (Muddy Waters)]
  4. Fotheringay [Sandy Denny]

1, 3: Fairport Convention: Heyday (cassette, 1976);
1: Fairport Convention: Heyday (CD, 1987);
1, 4: Fairport Convention: Heyday (CD, 2002);
2: Richard Thompson: Doom and Gloom from the Tomb (1985);
3: Ashley Hutchings: The Guv'nor Vol 1 (1994);
4: Ashley Hutchings: The Guv'nor Vol 4 (1996);
2: Ashley Hutchings: 5 (2002);
1-2, 4: Fairport Convention: Fairport unConventioNal (2002);
1-4: Fairport Convention: Live at the BBC (2007)

John Peel's Top Gear, BBC Radio 1, rec. March 18, 1969, bc. April 6, 1969

Recorded in the Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue,
Producer: Bernie Andrews,
Engineers: Allen Harris, Bob Conduct

  1. Percy's Song [Bob Dylan]
  2. Si Tu Dois Partir [Bob Dylan]
  3. Autopsy [Sandy Denny]
  4. Cajun Woman [Richard Thompson]

1: Fairport Convention: Heyday (CD, 1987);
1-4: Fairport Convention: Heyday (CD, 2002);
3: Richard Thompson: Doom and Gloom Vol 2 (1991);
1-2: Fairport Convention: Fairport unConventioNal (2002);
1-4: Fairport Convention: Live at the BBC (2007)

Top of the Pops, BBC 1 TV, August 14, 1969

  1. Si Tu Dois Partir [Bob Dylan]

John Peel's Top Gear, BBC Radio 1, rec. September 23, 1969, bc. September 27, 1969 and December 13, 1969

Recorded in Studio 4, Maida Vale,
Producer: John Walters,
Engineer: Tony Wilson

  1. Sir Patrick Spens [trad. arr. Fairport Convention]
  2. Medley: The Lark in the Morning / Rakish Paddy / Foxhunter's Jig / Toss the Feathers [trad. arr. Fairport Convention]
  3. Tam Lin [trad. arr. Dave Swarbrick]
  4. The Lady Is a Tramp [Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart]
  5. Reynardine [trad. arr. Fairport Convention]

1, 3, 5: Fairport Convention: From Past Archives (1992);
3, 5: Ashley Hutchings: 5 (2002);
3-4: Fairport Convention: Fairport unConventioNal (2002);
3, 5: Fairport Convention: Heyday (CD, 2002);
1: Sandy Denny: A Boxful of Treasures (2004);
1-5: Fairport Convention: Live at the BBC (2007)

Danish Television, Copenhagen, November 1969

  1. The Deserter [trad. arr. Fairport Convention]
  2. Matty Groves [trad. arr. Fairport Convention]
  3. Crazy Man Michael [Richard Thompson, Dace Swarbrick]

Disco Two, BBC Radio 2, April 4, 1970

  1. Sir Patrick Spens [trad. arr. Fairport Convention]

John Peel's Top Gear, BBC Radio 1, rec. April 20, 1970, bc. May 2, 1970

Producer: John Walters,
Engineer: Tony Wilson

  1. The Deserter [trad. arr. Fairport Convention]
  2. Walk Awhile [Dave Swarbrick, Richard Thompson]
  3. Flatback Caper [trad. arr. Dave Swarbrick, Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, Dave Mattacks, Richard Thompson]
  4. Poor Will and the Jolly Hangman [Richard Thompson, Dave Swarbrick]
  5. Doctor of Physick [Dave Swarbrick, Richard Thompson]

1: Fairport Convention: Fairport unConventioNal (2002);
2, 4: Fairport Convention: Live at the BBC (2007)

Sound of the Seventies, host David Symonds, BBC Radio 1, rec. April 21, 1970, bc. April 27, 1970

Producer: Bernie Andrews,
Engineer: Nick Gomm

  1. Open the Door Richard [Bob Dylan]
  2. Flatback Caper [trad. arr. Dave Swarbrick, Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, Dave Mattacks, Richard Thompson]
  3. Sir Patrick Spens [trad. arr. Fairport Convention]
  4. The Bonny Black Hare [trad. arr. A.L. Lloyd]

1-3: Fairport Convention: Live at the BBC (2007)

Folk on One, BBC Radio 1, rec. July 7, 1970, bc. July 26, 1970

Producer: Frances Line

  1. Sir Patrick Spens [trad. arr. Fairport Convention]
  2. Sir B. McKenzie [Dave Swarbrick, Richard Thompson, Simon Nicol, Dave Mattacks]
  3. The Deserter [trad. arr. Fairport Convention]
  4. The Hangman's Reel [trad. arr. Dave Swarbrick]
  5. The Bonny Bunch of Roses [trad. arr. Dave Swarbrick, Dave Mattacks, Simon Nicol, Richard Thompson]

3?, 4-6: Fairport Convention: Live at the BBC (2007)

Folk on One, BBC Radio 1, rec. July 9, 1970, bc. August 2, 1970

Producer: Frances Line

  1. Dirty Linen [trad. arr. Dave Swarbrick]
  2. Flowers of the Forest
  3. Now Be Thankful [Richard Thompson, Dave Swarbrick]
  4. The Deserter [trad. arr. Fairport Convention]
  5. Sir B. McKenzie [Dave Swarbrick, Richard Thompson, Simon Nicol, Dave Mattacks]
  6. Tam Lin [trad. arr. Dave Swarbrick]

1, 3, 4?, 6: Fairport Convention: Live at the BBC (2007)

John Peel's Top Gear, BBC Radio 1, bc. August 1, 1970

Producer: Tony Wilson,
Engineer: Bob Conduct

  1. Doctor of Physick [Dave Swarbrick, Richard Thompson]

1: Fairport Convention: Live at the BBC (2007)

The Sunday Show, John Peel, BBC Radio 1, rec. October 15, 1970, bc. October 25, 1970

  1. The Journeyman's Grace [Dave Swarbrick, Richard Thompson]
  2. Dirty Linen [trad. arr. Dave Swarbrick]
  3. Now Be Thankful [Richard Thompson, Dave Swarbrick]
  4. Bridge over the River Danube [trad. arr. Dave Swarbrick, Dave Mattacks, Dave Pegg, Simon Nicol] [trad. arr. Fairport Convention]
  5. Staines Morris [trad. arr. Fairport Convention]
  6. Sir Patrick Spens [trad. arr. Fairport Convention]

Sound of the Seventies, Stuart Henry, BBC Radio 1, rec. November 12, 1970, bc. November 19, 1970

Producer: Malcolm Brown,
Engineers: Mike Harding, Mike Franks

  1. Tunes My Mother Taught Me [Dave Swarbrick, Richard Thompson, Simon Nicol, Dave Mattacks]
  2. Sickness and Diseases [Dave Swarbrick, Richard Thompson]
  3. The Journeyman's Grace [Dave Swarbrick, Richard Thompson]
  4. Now Be Thankful [Richard Thompson, Dave Swarbrick]

4: Fairport Convention: Fairport unConventioNal (2002);
3: Fairport Convention: Angel Delight (CD bonus track, 2004);
3-4: Fairport Convention: Live at the BBC (2007)

BBC World Service, 1970

  1. The Journeyman's Grace [Dave Swarbrick, Richard Thompson]

1: Fairport Convention: Fairport unConventioNal (2002);

Folk on One, BBC Radio 1, bc. March 27, 1971

Producer: Frances Line

  1. Sir William Gower [trad. arr. Fairport Convention]
  2. Banks of the Sweet Primroses [trad. arr. Fairport Convention]
  3. Sickness and Diseases [Dave Swarbrick, Richard Thompson]
  4. Bridge over the River Ash [trad. arr. Dave Swarbrick, Dave Mattacks, Dave Pegg, Simon Nicol]
  5. Lord Marlborough [trad. arr. Fairport Convention]
  6. Angel Delight [Dave Mattacks, Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, Dave Swarbrick]

1-6: Fairport Convention: Live at the BBC (2007)

John Peel, BBC Radio 1, rec. February 5, 1973, bc. February 20, 1973

Recorded in Studio T1, Transcription Service, Kensington House, Shepherd's Bush,
Producer: Pete Dauncey,
Engineer: Adrian Revill

  1. Tokyo [Jerry Donahue]
  2. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John [Dave Mattacks, Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, Dave Swarbrick, Richard Thompson]
  3. Possibly Parsons Green [Trevor Lucas, Pete Roche]
  4. Rosie [Dave Swarbrick]

1-4: Fairport Convention: Live at the BBC (2007)

John Peel's Top Gear, BBC Radio 1, rec. July 16, 1974, bc. August 6, 1974

Recorded in Langham, Studio 1,
Producer: Tony Wilson,
Engineer: Bob Conduct

  1. John the Gun [Sandy Denny]
  2. Fiddlestix [trad. arr. Dave Swarbrick, Dave Mattacks, Dave Pegg, Jerry Donahue, Trevor Lucas]
  3. Rising for the Moon [Sandy Denny]
  4. Down in the Flood [Bob Dylan]

3-4: Fairport Convention: From Past Archives (1992);
3: Fairport Convention: Fairport unConventioNal (2002);
1-4: Fairport Convention: Live at the BBC (2007)

The Man They Could Not Hang, Soundtrack Recordings, September 24, 1974, bc. 1975

  1. The Cell Song [Dave Swarbrick]
  2. Farewell to a Poor Man's Son [Dave Swarbrick]
  3. Breakfast in Mayfair [Simon Nicol]

2-3: Fairport Convention: Fairport unConventioNal (2002)

Anne Lorge Gilles TV show, 1976

  1. Adieu, Adieu [trad. arr. Fairport Convention]

1: Fairport Convention: Fairport unConventioNal (2002)

TV performance, 1987

  1. Reynard the Fox [trad. arr. Fairport Convention]

1: Fairport Convention: Fairport unConventioNal (2002)