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SWARB! IT SUITS HIM WELL

Jill Swarbrick-Banks and Dr. Jason Wilson are very excited to announce:

 

SWARB! It Suits Him Well - The Official UK Tribute Tour 2018 celebrating the music of England’s finest folk fiddler Dave Swarbrick.

 

Starring the sensational  Jason Wilson Band (Toronto, Canada), Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick & Simon Swarbrick. (plus very special surprise guests at various ports of call)

 

Swarb didn’t want a funeral and his wishes were honoured, but… he didn’t say anything about a great big wake! So here it is, played by his dearest pals and uniquely his fiddling maestro, protégé nephew.

This is an opportunity for all his friends and fans at last to raise a glass and party in his memory. We will be covering his whole extensive and matchless career; the music will take you through the decades remembering the fun and the brilliance that was Swarb.

Bring a tissue...

 

January 2018

 

Thursday 18th:  The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge.West Yorks

Friday 19th:       Ulverston Live Music, Ulverston Sports Club. Cumbria

Saturday 20th:  TBA

Sunday 21st:     Newcastle upon Tyne ( Venue tbc shortly)

Monday 22nd:   The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh ( Sc )

Thursday 25th: St. Paul's Church, Cambridge.

Friday 26th:      The Goose Is Out! London

Saturday 27th:  Nailsea Folk Club. Avon

Sunday 28th:    Liverpool ( Venue tbc shortly)

Monday 29th:   Nettlebed Folk Club, Oxon

Wednesday 31st: Red Lion Folk Club, Birmingham

 

February 

 

Thursday 1st: Norwich Arts Centre, Norfolk

Friday 2nd:     MACtheatre, Maldon, Essex

Saturday 3rd: The Pavilion, Hailsham. East Sussex.

 

Tickets will be on sale later this year. We will provide details, here and in the media, of Box Offices etc when they open .

 

See you there!

FLEDG'LING RECORDS RE-ISSUE CLASSIC VINYL EP

Fledg'ling Records re-issued Swarb and Martin Carthy’s 'No Songs' EP as a limited edition for Record Store Day and have some stock now available for online sale. Click this link to purchase.
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SHREWSBURY FESTIVAL TRIBUTE

At Shrewsbury Festival Sam Sweeney led a lovely tribute to Swarb with a fiddle Swarb gave him as the centrepiece. Sam played the Dirty Linen set from Full House. Thanks to Ian Jackson for permission to use the video.



CROPREDY TRIBUTE


There was a splendid celebration of Swarb's life at Fairport's Cropredy Convention this year. The band played Rosie and followed it with this montage on the big screen. Finally, Fairport played Sir Patrick Spens, the last number that Swarb played on the Cropredy stage.


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


Jill Swarbrick-Banks

July 2016

 

RADIO OBITUARY


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

 

Gordon 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.


CD ORDERS


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.

However, 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.



 

Fiddle Tunes Book

The Dave Swarbrick Fiddle Tunes book, transcribed by Maartin Allcock,  is available from Maart  via his website at www.maartinallcock.com 



 

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

Sloth

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

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL THE REVIEWS IN FULL

 

                                                             

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.