RIP DAVE SWARBRICK

The English folk musician, singer-songwriter and mult-instrumentalist Dave Swarbrick has died — 3 June 2016.

Swarbrick is most famous for his work with Fairport Convention [1969-1984] and, in particular, the innovative Liege and Lief album (1969) which featured the vocal talents of Sandy Denny and kick-started the electric folk movement.

Born in New Malden, Surrey, the family moved to North Yorkshire, where Swarbrick learned to play the violin. Later his family moved to Birmignham where Dave became a printer’s apprentice, aged 15.

During his career, Swarbs released 10 solo studio albums and worked productively with Ian Campbell, Ewan MacColl, A. L. Lloyd, Peggy Seeger, Julie Felix, Martin Carthy and many others.

In 2014, Swarbrick released a full-length album with Jason Wilson entitled Lion Rampant, described by critics as “a coherent musical banquet...”

Swarbrick lived in Coventry and in  Mid-Wales with painter painter Jill Swarbrick-Banks until his death last week aged 75.

 

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