CaptureFolk-rock legends Fairport Convention are gearing up for a Gala gig as their 32nd consecutive winter tour heads for Durham.

The critically acclaimed group will perform in the city on Tuesday 9 February, with the band’s only remaining founder member Simon Nicol eagerly anticipating the show.

“We’re looking forward to visiting Durham,” the lead vocalist and guitarist said.

“Live shows are what keep us going – the band has been on the road for nearly fifty years and we still love every minute of it.

“And we hope the Winter Tour brings a dash of brightness and warmth to the dark cold evenings of the new year – for us as much as our audiences.”

Fairport Convention’s history is a long and illustrious one, including a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, BBC Radio Two listeners voting the band’s Liege & Lief as “The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time”, and a major documentary on BBC Four.

Yet the group frequently performs new material, and the Gala show will feature a mix of long-established Fairport favourites alongside tracks from their recent studio album Myths And Heroes.

Former Jethro Tull bass player Dave Pegg, who joined the group’s line-up in 1970, said: “Obviously, Fairport – like music itself – has seen a lot of changes over the last four decades, but I can honestly say it’s always been a joy to be out on tour with the band.”

Each year, Fairport invite a special guest to open their Winter Tour shows, and the concert at Gala will feature Brighouse-based singer-songwriter Roger Davies.

Tickets for the concert, at 7.30pm on Tuesday 9 February, are priced from £18 to £21.

To book call the Gala Box Office on 03000 266 600, visit the venue in person or visit the theatre’s website at www.galadurham.co.uk