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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

 

Solo Tour and Dates with Martin

 

Check out the gig page for new dates in the Spring with Said The Maiden supporting Dave on an extensive tour. These gigs offer a chance to hear Swarb's mesmerizing fiddle as well as anecdotes and insights from his extraordinary life and ask any questions that are on the tip of your tongue. There is also an exciting  opportunity for local musicians close to

many of the gigs. In keeping with his role as Patron of the Folkstock Arts Foundation, who are rapidly establishing themselves as champions of emerging acoustic and folk talent, and are also the community interest company organising the 17 date tour, Swarb is inviting a local solo act or duo to perform three songs at the start of the evening. The act can be of any age or any experience and Dave Swarbrick will personally choose which act is selected. Please note that there is not a fee for the performance and the act should live within 50 miles of the venue. If you would like to be in with a chance of this unprecedented opportunity to impress a new audience with your acoustic/ folk talents, please send a private message or make a public post to the Folkstock Arts Foundation facebook page, with links to you performing your music.

New dates with Martin Carthy are also being added for Spring, Summer and Autumn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New - 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

 

 

 

 

 

New Tune's Album

Scottish fiddle and mandolin player Duncan Wood has recorded an album of 37 specially written tunes by Swarb. Check the shop page for details. Click below to hear a couple of extracts

 

Dip o' the Wizzer / The Powder Monkeys                The Clearances / The New World March                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Fairport Live CD - NOW RELEASED Click here to buy

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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.