Some opportunities in life are just too good to miss. When UK-based Winter Wilson were invited to appear as special guests on Fairport Convention’s Winter Tour 2018, the couple immediately recorded Far Off on the Horizon, which soon became their best-selling album to date. Welcomed into the heart of the Fairport family, both by the band and their die-hard fans, the tour was a huge success for Winter Wilson, culminating in their playing with Fairport on the stage at Cropredy Convention, in a tribute to the late Sandy Denny.
But what really sets this pair apart (and convinces so many venues to book them time and time again) is their live performance. “We’re very aware that we’re in the business of entertainment,” says Kip. “When people pay their hard-earned money for a concert, they want to hear good music, obviously, but it’s more than that. Some of our songs can be pretty hard hitting, so it’s important that the bits in between lift people up again.”
Dave adds, “It has been suggested that we go into stand-up comedy. I’m not sure whether the chap thought we were really funny, or he just didn’t like the songs. Either way, it’s just what we do. We both like a laugh, often at each other’s expense, and it tends to come out on stage. It’s not rehearsed; it just happens.”
With all this in mind, a live album seemed a no brainer, especially when that live album could feature the talents of Fairport Convention.
Myself a Lover featuring the unmistakable fiddle of Ric Sanders). Unusually for Winter Wilson, there’s also a cover but then, if you were invited to sing Sandy Denny’sIt’ll Take a Long Time in front of almost 20,000 people, you’d probably want to shout about it too. The album will officially be launched at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention in August 2019.Winter Wilson continue to tour throughout the year, including their first trip to Canada in September. As gap years go, there’s been worse.