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“A lovely album from Winter Wilson and an honour to be a part of it. Thanks — the Fairports.”
“Everything that defines folk music and what makes it great .... Deserve to be as widely known as classics by Woody Guthrie.” Barrie Hammond, Penguin Eggs
"Well-balanced, strong songs delivered with care, and by people that are passionate about their craft. Lovely." Grem Devlin, The Living Tradition Magazine
Some opportunities in life are just too good to miss. When
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.
Having played part time on the
UK folk circuit for many years,
Kip Winter and partner Dave
Wilson became full-time
musicians by accident, when the
consequences of the global
banking crisis left them both
facing redundancy in 2012.
They decided to take a gap
year, and see where their music
might take them.
Seven years on that decision looks like a good one.
The pair have played the length and breadth of the UK, in folk clubs, theatres, arts centres and on festival mainstages. They have completed numerous tours of Germany and the Netherlands and have twice toured Australia and New Zealand.
Their albums have been rapturously received by both press and public alike. The redundancy-inspired ‘Cutting Free’ was listed in the Daily Telegraph’s ‘Top Ten Folk Albums for Summer 2014’, whilst ‘Ashes & Dust’ and ‘Far Off on the Horizon’ both received rave reviews in the music press.
Winter Wilson have also been finalists in the “best duo” category of the Folking.com Awards two years running.
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.
Released in August 2019, Live & Unconventional,
Winter Wilson’s ninth album, was recorded live on
the road during the Fairport Winter Tour. The
album, though, is very much Winter Wilson doing
what they do best - playing live and interacting with
The pair are joined on three tracks by members of Fairport Convention, but for the most part the listener is treated to the clear and undeniable vocal and instrumental talents of Kip & Dave, performing songs from their huge repertoire of original material. There are some old favourites (Storm Around Tumbledown, I wish I Could Turn Back Time), there’s some blues (including I’m Gonna Find
Myself a Lover featuring the unmistakable fiddle of
As gap years go, there’s been worse.
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Ric Sanders). Unusually for Winter Wilson,
there’s also a cover but then, if you were invited to sing Sandy Denny’s It’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.
For tour dates and any other background, visit www.winterwilson.com