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
Swarbrick 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
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more
Neil Peart RIP – One of rock music's defining drummers has died at the age of 67. Neil Peart's work with Rush provided one of the templates for percussion in rock, and he certainly ranks in the top ten most influential drummers of the 20th Century. Peart retired from playing in 2015 due to health issues, and succumbed to brain cancer on January 7, 2020. » Read more
Under the Sun - Schematism - On Stage with Under the Sun – Under the Sun has been AWOL since the band debuted in 2000 with mixing work done by long time Rush associate Terry Brown on Magna Carta. The band also had some name confusion with the Nova Scotia act... (2006) » Read more