Swarb's News




HEALTH UPDATE - A Message from Jill

Saturday 6th February

Dave loved Maart's visit yesterday and was very envious of his magnificent Akubra!! He’s sitting up in bed now, hoping to be able to sit out in a chair soon. A few close pals are lining up to visit, which will be lovely, but we’re keeping it to one visitor a day, just to prevent him getting too tired and keep the infection risk down. We’re drawing up a rota.
I will be taking his fiddle in tomorrow, so taking requests from nursing staff. The cards and well wishes are smashing; thank you from us both. 
We never ever celebrate but...realised we have been married 17 years today. If nothing else...that's a record!!


Friday 5th February

Dave says "Thanks for all your support and cards and messages". They are filling his room but keep them coming.

Days tend to blend in to each other in hospital, so any interesting news snippets to stave off boredom are welcome. Just given Dave a haircut (no. 3 on clippers)!


Thursday 4th February

Having a CT scan. Steady ship as usual. Thanks to Mark Radcliffe for best wishes last night!


Wednesday 3rd February
Dave has a speaking valve now so communication has moved up from paper and pen!



Tuesday 2nd February

Dave managed an hour breathing for himself this morning. Back with some help now and a spot of dialysis/filtering later on. All going okay. Slow baby-steps and all to plan.


Monday 1st February

Dave needs to build up chest muscles so that he can come off the breathing support and his kidneys need to pick up a bit too. We’re trying not to tire him out too much, so it’s just me visiting for now. Hope everyone understands. I will definitely let folk know when visiting is permitted.


Thursday 28th January

Yesterday was a difficult day for Dave. It is a rollercoaster ride at the moment. He dipped a bit and needed to go back on machines for a rest. Today he’s a lot brighter, awake again and making some progress. 


25th January

Dave is still going steadily. He is having some dialysis today to help his tired kidneys for a bit. He had this after the transplant in 2004. He is snoozing at the moment and all is in hand. Good to see Maart and Jan Allcock yesterday xx shame he didn't bring a guitar : )

Later : A much better day. On dialysis to help his tired kidneys and spells of breathing without help from the ventilator. He took drugs orally for first time rather than intravenously. Very, very tired, of course. He slept through most of the afternoon and then listened, smiling, to "Lion Rampant" on my iphone.


24th January

First of all, huge thanks to everyone who has shown their love and concern. Dave really appreciates all the messages of support. Not surprisingly, he was tired out yesterday and needed a lot of sleep. He is making slow progress, but I expect them to try to reduce the breathing assistance some more tomorrow. If you would like to send get well cards you can use either of the two addresses below:

ITU Department, Bronglais General Hospital, Caradoc Road, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1ER


Penrhos, Mallwyd, Powys. SY20 9HJ


More info. soon. Lots of love, Jill x


22nd January

As many of you probably know, Swarb was taken into hospital on Tuesday 19th January with a serious chest infection. He is receiving excellent care and his condition is stable. He is awake and communicating with those around him. Jill has been very reassured by the outstanding staff looking after him but, as you can imagine, it is a very concerning time for the family. Please refer to this page or Dave's Facebook site for news.  PLEASE AVOID CONTACTING FAMILY MEMBERS DIRECTLY, OR ASKING FOR ADDRESSES OR PHONE NUMBERS. Messages of support can be sent from here or added to the Facebook page. Thanks folks. Keep sending healing love.


Fiddle Tunes Book

The Dave Swarbrick Fiddle Tunes book, transcribed by Maartin Allcock,

is being printed at the moment. Maart is taking orders for it via his website

at www.maartinallcock.com Swarb and Maart will be signing the first

100 copies ordered.


New Album with Jason Wilson - Exclusive Signed Copy from Swarb's Shop

Special signed copies of Swarb's new album with Jason Wilson entitled "Lion Rampant" are now available from Swarb's Shop Page priced at £10.  Check it out HERE       Listen to a medley of tracks here


Swarb's Corrections

As promised, Swarb has published a set of corrections to the Fairport by Fairport book. It runs to several pages and can be found in pdf format here


Fairport Live CD - NOW RELEASED Click here to buy

Click the image to see a larger picture of the cover

Swarb has assembled a live double album celebrating the late 1970’s line-up of this classic band. Entitled 4 Play, this brand new double CD features Fairport Convention Live from 1976 -79. Release is scheduled for July 16th 2012. Order the album  from Swarb's Shop - £10.00 inc. p&p (Mainland UK) / £11.00 inc.p&p (Europe) / £12.00 inc. p&p (USA & Rest of the World). Tracklist below.

Disc 1

Disc 2

Walk Awhile

Royal Seleccion No.13

Journeyman’s Grace

The Eynsham Poacher

Dirty Linen

Sir Patrick Spens

The Poor Ditching Boy


Bonny Bunch of Roses

The Hens’ March / Four Poster Bed

Run Johnny Run

When I Get To The Border

James O'Donnells Jig

Flowers of the Forest

General Taylor

Limey’s Lament

Sir B. Mackenzie’s

Matty Groves



Swarb Film and Article at "Salut"


Swarb appears on Colin Randall's "Salut" website in footage from the old Fairport Maidstone film with an accompanying article. Click here.


Swarb on Film - New Documentary

The Gonzo Media Group have released a new film and live album about Dave. The film "Accompanying Dave Swarbrick" is a documentary portrait of Swarb and of a tour that Dave made with Danish author and musician Lars Kjaedegaard. The package will contain both the documentary film and also a live album featuring both Dave and Lars. The Gonzo website can be found here.  NOW AVAILABLE IN SWARB'S SHOP

Lars Kjaedegaard has conducted an interview where he talks about the making of the film and his reasons for wanting to make it. You can find the interview here.


Swarb CD  “raison d’être” on Shirty Records - REVIEWS


'raison d'être' has received rave reviews in over 20 magazines and publications. Here are just a few selections:


His fiddle flits and swoops like a swallow in full flight ...both his sense of humour and cavalier instinct are intact.  FROOTS


We Brought the Summer With Us features Dave Swarbrick' s playing at its best. A truly stunning end to a brilliant CD. Raison d'Etre shows just why he is one of the select few.  LIVING TRADITION


… he treats us here to his full range of enduring skills, through hearty baroque to classical, Irish and ceilidh music. MOJO (4stars)


...listen to his masterclasses in bowing on Sweet Alban and A Jigg Called Long Time/Running Footman's Jig/The Brown Joak' and laugh and weep.  R2 (ROCK’N’REEL)


Lifetime Achiever Swarb, fiddle player by appointment to the universe.  NETRHYTHMS


Raison d'etre brings to the listener a selection of great tunes played in Swarb's inimitable style and is the work of a fine fiddler who simply refuses to lie down and rest on his not inconsiderable laurels.  EFDSS MAGAZINE





Swarb's Biography


At long last, Swarb has decided to commission his long awaited Biography. He has given the substantial, but very exciting task, to his partner and confidante Jill Swarbrick-Banks. Jill has already written the near complete history of her decade so far with Swarb, which records first hand his Daily Telegraph obituary episode, emphysemic years and bi-lateral lung transplant, their life together and the very many anecdotes of course. And so, it was Swarb's natural inclination to ask Jill to write his life story, warts and all!

Jill obviously has a massive task ahead of her, accumulating information of every type concerning Swarb. So a request! If anyone has any information, memories, anecdotes, photographs, films, rare facts...scandals, nice stuff, in fact anything at all on Dave Swarbrick, Jill would be immensely grateful to receive it! Please don't forget to add your name, a contact address and / or telephone number, possible date of event, text or photograph...and any background info. to back it up please. Everything will be totally confidential. Jill & Swarb would be extremely grateful! Please make contact here in the first instance.