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As Richard Thompson wrote so many years ago, “It’s time to ring some changes.” And Fairport Convention has done just that with its current “acoustic” lineup. Yes, the band who first brought electricity and rock ‘n’ roll energy to British folk music has finally gone voltless, ironically producing its best album in years, Old-New-Borrowed-Blue. So while drummer Dave Mattacks is off laying down those steady beats in Richard Thompson’s touring band, the rest of the lads have decided to travel unplugged. This format allows featured instrumentalists Ric Sanders and Maartin Allcock to shine and the band as a whole to present fascinating versions of classics like “Matty Groves” and “Genesis Hall.” Angie Aparo opens at 8 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3901 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $15. (703) 549-5919. (Ken Roseman)