Fairport Convention played its first concert in a church hall in May 1967. Based in suburban north London, the group had coalesced around bass guitarist Ashley 'Tyger' Hutchings.
The youngsters 'convened' for rehearsals at a house named Fairport, the family home of rhythm guitarist Simon Nicol. Thus was born the name of a band that has endured for nearly four decades.
As well as Hutchings and Nicol, there was lead guitarist Richard Thompson and Shaun Frater on drums.
However, that initial line-up only played the one gig. A young...