The audience was a very friendly crowd but there didn't look to be many who were under fifty. Apparently Fairport has played at the Mechanics every year for the past twenty years so I suspect there were more than a few 'regulars.'
The support act was a great northern-Irish singer/songwriter who I hadn't encountered before called Anthony John Clarke. He came across as an amiable chap and entertained the audience between songs with numerous anecdotes. I'd be happy to go and see him do a full gig.