Swarb! Forty Five Years of Folk's Finest Fiddler

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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
The third release in Free Reed's so acclaimed series of box sets, a career-spanning document of fiddler Dave Swarbrick, could claim to be the greatest so far. Best known, of course, for his hell-and-high-water helming of the Fairport Convention soap opera, Swarbrick arguably ranks second only to Martin Carthy when it comes to popularizing and, more importantly, prolonging the life of British folk music. From his earliest work with the Beryl Marriott Ceilidh Group in the late '50s through to collaborations with Alistair Hulett and Kevin Dempsey during 2002-2003, Swarbrick's ability to take the most hackneyed themes and breathe fresh life into them has seen him perform and ...
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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
The third release in Free Reed's so acclaimed series of box sets, a career-spanning document of fiddler Dave Swarbrick, could claim to be the greatest so far. Best known, of course, for his hell-and-high-water helming of the Fairport Convention soap opera, Swarbrick arguably ranks second only to Martin Carthy when it comes to popularizing and, more importantly, prolonging the life of British folk music. From his earliest work with the Beryl Marriott Ceilidh Group in the late '50s through to collaborations with Alistair Hulett and Kevin Dempsey during 2002-2003, Swarbrick's ability to take the most hackneyed themes and breathe fresh life into them has seen him perform and record with almost every major name in the folk field -- and a handful from beyond as well. This collection, although one could quickly whittle its contents down to a mere handful of those partnerships, is nevertheless a breathtaking survey of that canon, highlighted by both the best and the rarest of the myriad tapes at the label's disposal. As with the earlier Carthy and Fairport boxes, Swarb! divides its contents into four thematic discs, self-explanatorily titled "C Is for Collaborations," "D Is for Duos," "E Is for Extras," and "S Is for Swarb." Such delineations, however, are unimportant -- no less than 17 Fairport tracks are spread across all but the duos disc, collaborations with Carthy can be found contrarily enough on all but the collaborations disc, and duets turn up all over. Rarities, too, abound. Previously unheard live performances, long-archived TV and radio broadcasts, and distant deletions from the early days of the folk boom have all been harvested and, though one might shed a quiet tear over the absence of Swarbrick's earliest partnership, with Beryl Marriott, the pair's reunion in the early '80s fills that breach just fine. From there, the discs surrender the most complete portrait yet of Swarbrick's pre-Fairport work alongside Ian Campbell, Bert Lloyd, Ewan MacColl, the Young Tradition, and, of course, Carthy, a total of 13 tracks that would themselves build into an unbeatable anthology. The Fairport years are sensibly covered by material that, for the most part, has never previously seen official release -- major standouts include a 1981 performance with Richard & Linda Thompson and a handful of 1970 live recordings. The strength of that band's repertoire is then reinforced by a clutch of further reprises dating from later years -- a marvelous "Bonnie Black Hare" recorded live with Carthy in 1993, an epic "Sloth" performed with Simon Nicol in 1983, and Whippersnapper's rambunctious "Hen's March" from a 1987 festival in Denmark. To dwell on either the 1960s or Fairport, however, is to utterly defeat the purpose of this box set. Fully half the tracks hail from other pastures, including some of the best material in sight. Such aggregations as Whippersnapper, Three Desperate Mortgages, and the Band of Hope may be mere footnotes in the overall Swarbrick story, but the music they made was no less exhilarating than any of his "big-name" ventures, while the ongoing saga of his work with Carthy includes material recorded up to 2001, at the guitarist's 60th birthday bash. Of course, the four discs are only part of the boxed experience. Also included is "Swarbrick's Collection of Merrie Melodies for the Violin," a 48-page collection of, indeed, sheet music, while the box set itself is annotated in almost microscopic detail by a mammoth 136-page volume that not only provides a biography of Swarbrick himself, but also documents every track and every performer in the box and emerges as lavish a production as the music itself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2005
  • Label: Free Reed Us Release
  • UPC: 020286009924
  • Catalog Number: 45
  • Sales rank: 193,757

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jack Orion (4:04)
  2. 2 Finale Medley: Bottom o' the Punchbowl/Swallowtail/The Mason's Apron (9:28)
  3. 3 Our Captain Cried "All Hands!" (2:06)
  4. 4 Street of Forbes - Trevor Lucas (3:46)
  5. 5 The Heilanman/Drowsy Maggie - Beryl Marriott (2:47)
  6. 6 The Lark in the Clear Air - Savourna Stevenson (3:37)
  7. 7 Around Cape Horn (2:33)
  8. 8 79th Farewell to Gibraltar/The Atholl Highlanders/The Devil Among the - Simon Nicol (4:56)
  9. 9 Pittengardner's Rant/The Floggin' - Simon Nicol (4:43)
  10. 10 White Dress - Ralph McTell (3:16)
  11. 11 The Pepperpot/Sailing into Walpole's Marsh/Bunker Hill (5:44)
  12. 12 Mrs Bermingham/No. 178/Blind Mary (7:36)
  13. 13 Days of 49 - Alistair Hulett (3:23)
  14. 14 Nathaniel Gow's Lament/Rory of the Hills (9:01)
  15. 15 I Know My Love - Kevin Dempsey (4:23)
  16. 16 Byker Hill (5:29)
  17. 17 Banksie - Kevin Dempsey (1:57)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Bride's March from Unst: The Bride's March/The Keel Man's Petition - Beryl Marriott (5:29)
  2. 2 The Blind Man He Could See - Ian Campbell Folk Group (3:24)
  3. 3 Tail Taddle - Ian Campbell Folk Group (1:24)
  4. 4 Tunes My Mother Taught Me - Fairport Convention (4:24)
  5. 5 Dirty Linen - Fairport Convention (3:57)
  6. 6 Me With You - Fairport Convention (3:31)
  7. 7 Hexhamshire Lass - Fairport Convention (2:29)
  8. 8 Rising for the Moon - Fairport Convention (4:09)
  9. 9 Country Pie - Fairport Convention (3:06)
  10. 10 Sword Dance/Young Black Cow - Linda Thompson (4:16)
  11. 11 Brilliancy Medley/Cherokee Shuffle - Fairport Convention (3:26)
  12. 12 Boadicea - Fairport Convention (2:12)
  13. 13 Carolanning: Mrs. Bermingham/Mrs Maxwell/John Jameson (4:56)
  14. 14 Farewell Lovely Nancy (4:34)
  15. 15 Hen's March (3:23)
  16. 16 Waltzing's for Dreamers (4:51)
  17. 17 Nonesuch Medley - Band of Hope (3:57)
  18. 18 Mad About You/Siege of Sydney Streets (5:27)
  19. 19 Fiddlestix - Fairport Convention (3:05)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Royal Seleccion No. 13 - Simon Nicol (3:58)
  2. 2 The Bark Gay Head (2:39)
  3. 3 Interlude (1:11)
  4. 4 Tam Lin - Fairport Convention (6:06)
  5. 5 General Taylor/Mason's Apron - Fairport Convention (8:01)
  6. 6 Pleasure and Pain - Brian Maxine (3:50)
  7. 7 Frog Up the Pump (3:29)
  8. 8 When First into This Country - Fairport Convention (2:35)
  9. 9 Now Be Thankful (3:05)
  10. 10 Rosie/Pachelbel's Canon (6:03)
  11. 11 My Little Fiddle (4:22)
  12. 12 Foolish (5:16)
  13. 13 Ship in Distress (4:54)
  14. 14 Bonny Black Hare (5:46)
  15. 15 Isle of Man Set - Beryl Marriott (9:10)
  16. 16 Sloth - Simon Nicol (8:26)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Bonaparte's Retreat (0:54)
  2. 2 Rocky Road to Dublin/Drops of Brandy - Ian Campbell Folk Group (1:29)
  3. 3 Widow of Westmorland's Daughter - A.L. Lloyd (2:16)
  4. 4 Earl of Moray - Ian Campbell Folk Group (3:31)
  5. 5 Hen's March Medley: The Hen's March Through the Midden/Four-Poster Bed (6:33)
  6. 6 Father Kelly/Skopje/Sligo Maid - Diz Disley (3:43)
  7. 7 Praties They Grow Small - Lorna Campbell (2:49)
  8. 8 The Liege & Lief Medley: The Lark in the Morning/Rakish ... - Fairport Convention (3:53)
  9. 9 The Hangman's Reel - Fairport Convention (3:24)
  10. 10 Hanging Song - Fairport Convention (5:43)
  11. 11 Rosie - Fairport Convention (3:20)
  12. 12 Sheebeg and Sheemore - Simon Nicol (5:51)
  13. 13 The Gravel Path/Leighton Buzzard Shuffle (3:33)
  14. 14 Loving Hannah (6:06)
  15. 15 Carthy's March/The Lemon Tree (4:38)
  16. 16 The Trip We Took Over the Mountain - Savourna Stevenson (3:17)
  17. 17 Bonny Black Hare (3:11)
  18. 18 The Wives - Kevin Dempsey (3:21)
  19. 19 Two Magicians (4:21)
  20. 20 Lassies of Neilston - Alistair Hulett (1:33)
  21. 21 My Heart's in New South Wales - Kevin Dempsey (5:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Swarbrick Primary Artist, Mandolin, Violin, Vocals, Group Member
Martin Carthy Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Sandy Denny Piano, Vocals, Group Member
Richard Thompson Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Ashley Hutchings Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Simon Nicol Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Dave Pegg Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Kevin Dempsey Group Member
Judy Dyble Group Member
Kate Graham Fiddle
Martin Jenkins Group Member
Martin Lamble Group Member
Chris Leslie Group Member
Beryl Marriott Accordion, Orator
Dave Mattacks Drums, Group Member
Ian Matthews Group Member
George Warts Group Member
Brian Clark Bass, Guitar
Ian Campbell Folk Group Vocals
Lorna Campbell Vocals
John Dunkerley Banjo
Technical Credits
Ian Campbell Composer
Martin Carthy Composer, Liner Notes, Author
Dick Gaughan Author
Dave Swarbrick Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes, Author
Sandy Denny Composer
Ralph McTell Composer
Jerry Goodman Contributor
Bob Dylan Composer
Fairport Convention Arranger
Richard Thompson Composer
Jean-Luc Ponty Contributor
Stomu Yamashta Contributor
Tony Conrad Contributor
Papa John Creach Contributor
David LaFlamme Contributor
Trevor Lucas Contributor
Simon Nicol Author
Dave Pegg Composer, Liner Notes
Martin Allcock Annotation, Notation
Niel Gow Contributor
Dave Arbus Contributor
Vassar Clements Contributor
Bob Davenport Composer
Diz Disley Drawing
Jack Fallon Contributor
Don "Sugarcane" Harris Contributor
Michael Hunter Liner Notes
Chris Leslie Liner Notes
Michael Marra Author
Beryl Marriott Author
Roger Marriott Author
Don Walker Mastering
A.L. Lloyd Contributor
James Scott Skinner Contributor
Colin Irwin Author
Eck Robertson Contributor
Ric Sanders Liner Notes
Turlough O'Carolan Composer, Contributor
Charles Porter Contributor
Neil Wayne Producer, Liner Notes
Ronnie Cooper Composer
Mick Toole CD Package Design
Ian Campbell Folk Group Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
Sue Auger Contributor
Jill Banks Paintings
Rick Gretch Contributor
Koen Hottentot Contributor
Alistair Hulett Contributor
John "Babbacombe" Lee Contributor
Agnes Lyon Author
Earl Of Lytton Author
James Matthew Liner Notes
Nigel Schofield Writer, Liner Notes, Project Concept
Whippersnapper Contributor
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