Dave Swarbrick, violinist
Fairport Convention
birth name: David Cyril Eric Swarbrick

Dave Swarbrick

April 5, 1947, New Malden, England ~ June 3, 2016, England

A virtuosic violin player and one of the most highly regarded musicians of the 1960s folk revival. He also wrote, arranged and sang, and performed on the viola, mandolin and mandola, and guitar. Swarbrick - known as “Swarb” - began his musical career as a guitarist in a ceilidh band in the late 1950s, before joining the Birmingham-based Ian Campbell Folk Group as a fiddle player. He first worked with Fairport Convention in 1969 as a session musician, subsequently becoming a member of the group, and was the first fiddler on the UK folk scene to electrify the violin. His writing and playing was a key ingredient in the group’s Liege & Lief album, a record that rewrote the folk landscape with its electrified versions of traditional English folksongs. ~ The Guardian: Dave Swarbrick Obituary ~ June 3, 2016 © The Guardian

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Martin Ellis ventures to the Tyneside Irish Centre to check out English folk music superstars Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick. These are elder statesmen of English folk music and they have been elder statesmen for many years. ~ The Journal: Dave Swarbrick ~ September 25, 2013 ©The Journal

He emerged as Fairport Convention's leading figure and guided the band through a series of important albums until its disbandment in 1979. He also played in a series of smaller, acoustic units and engaged in solo projects which have maintained a massive output of recordings, a significant profile and have made a major contribution to the interpretation of traditional British music. ~ Wikipedia: Dave Swarbrick ~ retrieved June 4, 2016 © Wikipedia

Fairport Convention

Folk-rock legends who became the first British ensemble to successfully meld authentic folk stylings with competent (and even virtuosic) rock playing. ~ Allmusic: Fairport Convention ~ retrieved June 4, 2016 © Allmusic

Fairport Convention ~ Ranked #41 Q Magazine 50 Bands You Must See Before You Die in 2002.

In 2008 two Fairport Convention albums made it to the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die ~ Liege & Lief (1969) ~ Unhalfbricking (1969)

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