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  • Dave Swarbrick RIP

    Gutted to open the paper and see this sad news. A fan since the mid '70s, I saw some wonderful performances of the pixie faced virtuoso, always with a fag (sometimes a more exotic version) hanging from his lip, both with Fairport & Simon Nicol and Martin Carthy. He was hilarious too, always lit up a room/ field. A great, sympathetic player and an absolute joy to witness.
    Unfortunately, this time it's true. Dammit!

    Everyone tear down your own little wall
    That keeps you from being a part of it all
    Because you've got to be one with the one and all
    You've just got to be close to it all

  • #2
    Blimey, more sad news - looks like I've got a few tributes to work into tonight's DJ set
    you can hear colours when they rhyme...


    • #3
      his playing really makes those early Martin Carthy albums something special


      • #4
        He plays in the Schlesinger classic Far From The Madding Crowd too. All the folk fiddle parts are him.
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        • #5

          My favourite version of this.


          • #6
            He crops up on everything. Little part on the 'Al Stewart - Past Present & Future' album I played last night. I forget now who gifted it me but it was a real solid listen, had a couple of plays already. RIP, got a feeling I'm going to be saying that more this year than last which was bad enough.
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