Nine (Fairport Convention album)

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Studio album by Fairport Convention
Released October 1973
Recorded July - August, 1973 at Sound Techniques, London
Genre folk rock
Label A&M
Producer Trevor Lucas, John Wood and Fairport Convention
Fairport Convention chronology
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Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Nine is the ninth album by the British folk rock group Fairport Convention and, according to Allmusic, is their most uneven. It is their second album to feature Trevor Lucas and Jerry Donahue, and features no original members of Fairport Convention.

Polly on the Shore was re-recorded by the 21st century lineup of Fairport Convention (featuring only Dave Pegg from the Nine-era lineup) for their album Sense of Occasion in 2007, with Simon Nicol on lead vocals. The same lineup later re-recorded The Hexhamshire Lass in a new arrangement for 2012's By Popular Request. This version featured Chris Leslie on lead vocals.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "The Hexhamshire Lass" (Traditional; arranged by Fairport Convention) – 2:31
  2. "Polly on the Shore" (Music: Pegg, Words: Traditional; arranged by Swarbrick, Lucas) – 4:56
  3. "The Brilliancy Medley/Cherokee Shuffle" (Traditional) – 3:56
  4. "To Althea From Prison" (Words: Lovelace; Music: Dave Swarbrick) – 5:10
  5. "Tokyo" (Donahue) – 2:52

Side two[edit]

  1. "Bring 'Em Down" (Lucas) – 5:59
  2. "Big William" (Lucas, Swarbrick) – 3:25
  3. "Pleasure and Pain" (Lucas, Swarbrick) – 5:03
  4. "Possibly Parsons Green" (Lucas, Roche) – 4:42

Bonus tracks on CD reissue[edit]

  1. "The Devil in the Kitchen" (Fiddlestix) – 2:49
  2. "George Jackson" (Live) – 2:49
  3. "Pleasure and Pain" (Live) – 4:59
  4. "Six Days on the Road" (Live) – 3:44

Bonus tracks recorded live at The Howff (London) on April 23, 1973.


  • Trevor Lucas: acoustic guitar, lead (2, 6, 9), chorus (8), and backing vocals
  • Dave Swarbrick: violin, lead (1, 4, 7), verse (8) and backing vocals, viola, mandolin (7)
  • Jerry Donahue: acoustic and electric guitars
  • Dave Pegg: bass, backing vocals, mandolin (3)
  • Dave Mattacks: drums, percussion, bass (3), harmonium (4), clavinet (5)


  1. ^ Eder, B. (2011). "Nine - Fairport Convention | AllMusic". Retrieved 28 July 2011.