Dave Swarbrick is dead

by Harry on June 3, 2016

Gdnrad obit here.

This is fantastic. Glastonbury 1971:

And (not great quality, but I had a hard time finding a version of this with Swarbrick playing) obviously:



David 06.03.16 at 3:22 pm

Oh God, not another one. The musicians of my youth are going down like flies. I first heard Swarb on the radio in, I think, 1966, playing with Martin Carthy, and for us purists, that was the highpoint of his career, even if he was good with Fairport as well.
Congratulations on finding the recording of “Meet on the Ledge”, Richard Thompson’s first great song – who’s singing the lead vocals (not very well, I might add)?


Jeff Ryan 06.03.16 at 3:29 pm

Christ, Richard Thompson is a musical Energizer bunny. When he goes, all is indeed lost.


Phil 06.03.16 at 4:10 pm

I am not listening to Meet on the Ledge and you can’t make me. Cut it out, 2016. (Keep well, Martin!)


Chris Bertram 06.03.16 at 9:47 pm

My all time fave of Swarbrick and Thompson together is Sloth from Full House.


sherparick 06.06.16 at 7:45 pm

A lung transplant in 2004 gave him 12 years of life and us music. I hate cigarettes.


PKO 06.07.16 at 1:53 pm

For those who don’t know and might get there, Fairport’s Annual festival is still going strong;


I had the pleasure of seeing Swarbrick several times with and without Fairport in the days before techno stole my soul. I haven’t been to ‘Cropredy’ since 1993 but never say never – I had a lot of fun there.


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