SWARB RADIO TRIBUTE
A fine tribute from Dan Ogus on Scattering the Roots. Listen here
Monday 11th July 2016 - A MESSAGE FROM JILL
Swarb 1941 - 2016
Dave passed away peacefully on June 3rd 2016 at Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth. He had been ill for most of this year but with truly phenomenal strength of mind and body, he recovered from pneumonia, returning home to me in May, weakened but full of joie de vivre! We had the most wonderful three weeks together here in our cottage in Wales. It was so lovely to be together again and to hear his fiddle in the house was just brilliant! Ruby, our terrier was overjoyed as well. Dave and Ruby loved each other very much.
However, very, very sadly, unbeknown to anyone, his body had
actually just worn out.
When we first met in 1998, we knew that emphysema, the result of years of heavy smoking, had so damaged his lungs that his philosophy was now that with fun, happiness and music, we'd live life to the full!
Dave gigged with oxygen bottles and a huge supply of various medications, until he received the gift of donated lungs in 2004 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham (UK).
After the transplant he had a tricky start but, after many months and his characteristic determination, he came home and gradually recovered back to full vital health.
Marvellously, via the wonderful donor and NHS in Britain, Dave lived on, playing gigs as a fit man again. Almost twelve years of playing, touring, writing, and recording all over the world followed. We had lots of fun !
He has left me a beautiful note...
" Don't mourn..paint!" ( A reference to me as a Painter )
I miss him more than words can convey...but he would want everyone to be happy and not mourn. So please play and listen to his music, remember his wonderful use of expletives, those rascal eyes and all of that sheer fun!
Love and thanks
RADIO FOUR WILL BE BROADCASTING AN OBITUARY FOR SWARB ON THE LAST WORDS PROGRAMME ON FRIDAY 17TH JUNE AT 4PM, REPEATED ON SUNDAY 19TH JUNE AT 8.30PM.
Celtic Music Radio Tribute
Hotchkiss broadcast a tribute on Celtic Music Radio last week.
You can hear it again on the Celtic
Music Radio archive site
The playlist is:
Dave Swarbrick - 79th Farewell to Gibraltar.
Ian Campbell Folk Group - Johnny Lad.
Martin Carthy / Dave Swarbrick - Byker Hill.
Dave Swarbrick - Barney Ballaghan Selection.
Fairport Convention - Crazy Man Michael.
Fairport Convention - Lark in the Morning medley
Fairport Convention - Tam Linn.
Whippersnapper - Farewell my Lovely Nancy.
Alistair Hulett / Dave Swarbrick - Red Clydesiders.
Swarb’s Lazarus – Tune Selection.
Jason Wilson / Dave Swarbrick - Sail On.
Dave Swarbrick - The Hens March to the Midden / The Four Poster Bed.
Dave Swarbrick - Sheebeg Sheemore.
IF YOU HAVE ORDERED A CD THROUGH SWARB'S SHOP PAGE SINCE HIS DEATH. PLEASE BE PATIENT. JILL IS ATTEMPTING TO DEAL WITH THE ORDERS, BUT DOES NOT YET HAVE ACCESS TO THE PAYPAL ACCOUNT. IN THE MEANTIME, IF YOU WISH TO ORDER AN ITEM FROM THE SHOP PAGE, PLEASE SEND A NOTE DETAILING YOUR ORDER AND A CHEQUE MADE PAYABLE TO "JILL SWARBRICK" TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS: JILL SWARBRICK, c/o WEBEDITOR, THE QUARTER HOUSE, CARPERBY, LEYBURN, NORTH YORKSHIRE, DL8 4DJ. THANK YOU.
Wednesday 8th June 2016 - A MESSAGE FROM JILL
Hello everyone. First of all I would like to thank all of you who sent cards and messages to me over the last few, difficult days. They have been sustaining and very much appreciated. Dave left very specific, written instructions regarding his death. It may seem strange, but Dave was essentially a very private person and he did not want any fuss or ceremony. I have complied fully with these wishes, which means there will be no funeral service.
during the last few days of his life he did talk about
one final concert that would be a big occasion to bow
out on. Planning for this has already begun and, in
order to give us maximum time for organisation, we are
looking at a date in autumn/winter of 2017. This will
be Swarb's official send off. Details will be posted
on this site when they have been clarified. In the
meantime, take care everyone and keep Swarb's memory
close. Lots of love.
PLEASE AVOID CONTACTING FAMILY MEMBERS DIRECTLY, OR ASKING FOR ADDRESSES OR PHONE NUMBERS. Messages can be sent from the link above.
Fiddle Tunes Book
Dave Swarbrick Fiddle Tunes book,
transcribed by Maartin Allcock,
Maart via his website at
New Album with Jason Wilson - Exclusive Signed Copy from Swarb's Shop
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
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.
Royal Seleccion No.13
The Eynsham Poacher
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
Sir B. Mackenzie’s
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
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’Ítre” on Shirty Records - REVIEWS
'raison d'Ítre' 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
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.