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Dave Swarbrick RIP

Starting with the early days of Fairport Convention, Dave Swarbrick was one of the pioneers of folk-styled fiddle incorporated in settings influenced by rock music. Sad word reaches us that he has died aged 75 after long illness.

by Jon Davis, Published 2016-06-03

Dave SwarbrickSwarbrick was born in London in 1941, and his recording career began during the British folk boom of the 60s. He was already a well-respected player before appearing as a guest on Fairport Convention's Unhalfbricking (1969). He later became a full-time member of the band, contributing many original tunes until the band's 1979 split, as well as reunions afterward.

He had suffered a number of serious health problems, starting notably in 1999 when his death was mistakenly reported by the Daily Telegraph. For a number of years, he performed with an oxygen tank on stage, and had undergone a double lung transplant in 2004.

Swarbrick appeared on well over a hundred recordings, having worked with virtually every major figure in English folk and folk-rock: Sandy Denny, Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson, Bert Jansch, Ewan MacColl, John Renbourn, and many more.


Filed under: Obituaries

Related artist(s): Fairport Convention, Dave Swarbrick

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