Festival Bell

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Festival Bell
Studio album by Fairport Convention
Released January 2011
Recorded The Bowman's Retreat, Oxfordshire; 2010
Genre Folk-rock
Length 59:04
Label Matty Grooves
Producer John Gale with Fairport Convention
Fairport Convention chronology
Sense of Occasion
(2007)Sense of Occasion2007
Festival Bell
By Popular Request
(2012)By Popular Request2012

Festival Bell is the 25th studio album by British folk rock band Fairport Convention, released in January 2011.


The name of the album (as well as the cover and the title track) is a reference to the bell of the same name that currently rings in St Mary's Church in Cropredy, Oxfordshire.[1] The track Ukulele Central features guest appearances from comedian Frank Skinner and singer Joe Brown.[2]

Release and critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Record Collector 4/5 stars[3]
musicOMH 4/5 stars[4]
BBC (favorable) [5]
The Guardian (favorable) [6]

The album was released four years after the band's previous studio work, Sense of Occasion. It consists of 14 tracks, mixing original compositions with four cover versions including a reworking of the title track from the band's 1975 album Rising for the Moon.[3] Record Collector magazine's 4 star review of the album stated: "Festival Bell is a work of maturity and depth, yet delivered with a lightness of touch that will delight fans old and new".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Mercy Bay" (Chris Leslie)
  2. "Rui's Guitar" (Chris Leslie)
  3. "Danny Jack's Chase" (Ric Sanders)
  4. "Reunion Hill" (Richard Shindell)
  5. "Wouldn't Say No" (Chris Leslie)
  6. "Around the Wild Cape Horn" (Ralph McTell)
  7. "Celtic Moon" (Mark Evans, Carolyn Evans)
  8. "Ukulele Central" (Chris Leslie, Ric Sanders)
  9. "Albert and Ted" (Ric Sanders, Dave Pegg)
  10. "Darkside Wood" (Chris While)
  11. "London Apprentice" / "Johnny Ginears" (Ralph McTell / Ric Sanders)
  12. "Rising for the Moon" (Sandy Denny)
  13. "Danny Jack's Reward" (Ric Sanders)
  14. "The Festival Bell" (Chris Leslie)


Guest musicians


  1. ^ "Cropredy Church Bells". Cropredy Village info. Archived from the original on 2012-09-02. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  2. ^ "Festival Bell information from Expletive Delighted". Ian Rennie. Archived from the original on 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  3. ^ a b c Abbott, Kingsley (April 2011). Lewis, Alan; Draper, Jason, eds. "Fairport Convention – Festival Bell – Album Review". Record Collector. No. 387. London: Diamond Publishing Ltd. p. 86. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Chapple, Jon (April 2011). "Fairport Convention – Festival Bell". musicOMH. OMH. Archived from the original on 2011-04-25. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Smith, Sid (30 March 2011). "BBC - Music - Review of Fairport Convention - Festival Bell". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Denselow, Robin (7 April 2011). "Fairport Convention: Festival Bell – review | Music | The Guardian". The Guardian. London: GMG. ISSN 0261-3077. OCLC 60623878. Retrieved 3 January 2012.