Artist Blog | Gerry Conway of Fairport Convention blogs Week Three of their UK Tour

Gerry Conway of Fairport Convention

The Fairport Convention Tour Blog continues to explore uncharted territory for For Folk’s Sake. Our meanderings in the wonderful world of the Fairport tour bus are taken up by Gerry Conway this week, who treats us to his insights on grown men playing hide and seek, and a rainbow of socks. Obviously. 

Er where am I? Who am I? What day is it? Ah yes it’s Monday and that’s a day off! We have played twelve shows so far and all is well. The recent BBC 4 films and radio programmes have helped attract many first timers and it’s great to see them enjoying it so much. We are usually on stage for the best part of two hours but many more are spent in the tour bus.

In order to make this period productive I have on most tours given myself a project so that there is something to show for the time spent at the end.

On one tour I gave up smoking and on another I stopped drinking before shows, all very productive.

However on this tour I’ve yet to be visited by the muse so there is nothing to do except get up to mischief. Looking around the bus I can see that everyone is engrossed in various pastimes like reading, phoning, messing around with iPhones and laptops etc.

We did try playing games but they were not very successful, especially hide and seek. This involved covering ourselves with our coats whilst seated and then someone would count to twenty and try to find us. After a few glasses of wine they could never find us so we gave up in the end. So in the interest of going boldly where no man has gone before, I bring you:


Fairport Convention Blue Socks


Fairport Convention Pink Socks

Tuesday & Wednesday

Red socks and fetching carpet

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Fairport Convention Socks Day Off

Monday – socks’ day off

To win a free packet of Dr Scholl’s corn pads, identify these two locations!*

A terrifying photo of a dog, taken by Gerry from Fairport Convention

No, I didn’t put my hand in there, honest.

Barclays with guards in a mystery location, taken by Gerry from Fairport Convention

A new look for Barclays Bank

It’s a long drive to Berwick-upon-Tweed tomorrow so I’m going to get my head down and hope to see some of you along the way.

Love Gerry x

If you want to see this man in real life on a stage, there are still tickets for some Fairport Convention dates, details of which are below:

21 Feb, Burnley, The Mechanics, 01282 664400
22 Feb, Milton Keynes, The Stables, 01908 280800 
23 Feb, St Albans, The Alban Arena, 01727 844488 
26 Feb, The Sage, Gateshead, 0191 443 4661 
27 Feb, Chesterfield, The WInding Wheel, 01246 345334 
28 Feb, Kendal, Brewery Arts Centre, 01539 725133 
1 Mar, Bury St Edmunds, The Apex Theatre, 01284 758000 
2 Mar, Clacton, West Cliff Theatre, 01255 474000 
3.Mar, Cardiff, St David’s Hall, 02920 878444
6 Mar, Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn, 01743 281281 
7 Mar, Bridport, The Electric Palace, 01308 424901 
8 Mar, Exeter, The Corn Exchange, 01392 665938 
9 Mar, London, The Union Chapel, 0207 226 1686

Read Chris Leslie’s blog of week one here.

Read Simon Nicol’s blog of week two here.

Read Ric Sanders’ blog of week four here.

 *We think there mightn’t really be any Dr Scholl’s corn pads on offer. Be warned. 

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