Swarb's News




HEALTH UPDATE - A Message from Jill

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 or you can send cards and Get Well messages to:

Ward 516, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, West Midlands, B15 2TH.


Wednesday 4th May

Dave is still in the Queen Elizabeth in Birmingham, but he continues to make really good progress with building up his strength. We're hoping that he will be able to transfer back to Wales soon. He will still need some extra help while gaining strength through the summer, so there’ll probably be a short stay in a hospital close to home first, while I get things organised at home. Thank you all for your continued best wishes and messages. He reads them all and enjoys a laugh!  Jill


Monday 18th April

There's not been a lot to report over the last week or so. Dave is making steady progress on the ward and all is still moving in the right direction. Next post when there's some definite news.


Friday 8th April

This has been quite a hectic week. Dave was moved to a ward on Tuesday evening and then on to a specialist respiratory ward on Wednesday. They've got specialist nurses there who can look after his trachy. It's going to be a while before he gets back to Wales but he's heading in the right direction. He had a great birthday and received loads of cards. Many thanks to you all who sent them; it took ages to open them all! Lots of love, Jill xx


Tuesday 5th April

75 today!! Dave continues to bash on. He's still in the ICU and receiving intensive physiotherapy to build him up. He's off the ventilator completely and he'll be moved to a ward soon. Big thanks to all who have sent birthday cards and messages. Keep 'em coming. Love, Jill xx


Thursday 31st March

Dave's had a really good day today. He's been unplugged from the ventilator and has managed, with assistance, a much longer walk. He's chirpy and wishes everyone to know that he's ready to do a quickstep and move on to the tango! Jill xx


Wednesday 30th March

Dave is making decent progress. He’s off the ventilator during the day now and is taking a few steps with help. Despite the long haul he’s keeping his sense of humour throughout it all. It's his 75th birthday on 5th April. What about a deluge of birthday cards next week? Let's do it! Jill xx


Saturday 26th March

Dave continues to tick along. He's still in the ICU but is slowly improving. He's knocked out by all the messages and cards. They are the best medicine. Keep them coming please. Address is Critical Care A, Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre, Birmingham B15 2TH. Lots of love, Jill XX


Monday 21st March

Dave continues to make progress and was moved to another ICU in the hospital yesterday. The unit specialises in weaning patients off ventilation. More news soon. XX, Jill.


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.