Folkal Point on the late Dave Swarbrick

Folkal Point on the late Dave Swarbrick

Dave Swarbrick ‘Swarb’ the fiddle player with Fairport Convention for a decade and legendary musician and songwriter for half a century, died on Friday 3 June of emphysema. He was 75.  Colin MacDonald on his Folkal Point programme on Friday 10 June at 9.00pm on 100.8 Revival FM will reflect on the life and times of Dave Swarbrick.

Swarb as he was sometimes called, was a folk musician, singer and songwriter who first made his mark with the influential folk group led by the Scottish singer Ian Campbell but went onto become a member of Fairport Convention, one of the bands that led the folk rock movement of the 1970s.

Swarbrick began his career playing fiddle on the Radio Ballads, the ground-breaking BBC documentaries produced by Ewan MacColl and Charles Parker in the late 1950s that weaved the testimonies of working people with songs inspired by them. The recordings led to a meeting with Campbell and he was soon performing with the group at concerts and on several albums.

However, it was his work with Fairport Convention that made Swarbrick into one of the most influential folk performers of the 1970s and 1980s. He was initially booked to play on a single track with the band, but was invited to join the band full-time and played on one of their most successful and popular album, 1969’s Liege and Lief.

Folkal Point with Colin MacDonald, Friday 10 June 9.00-11.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

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