Dave Swarbrick

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David Cyril Eric Swarbrick (5 April 1941 – 3 June 2016) was an English folk musician and singer-songwriter. He has been described by Ashley Hutchings as 'the most influential [British] fiddle player bar none' and his style has been copied or developed by almost every British and many world folk violin players who have followed him. He was one of the most highly regarded musicians produced by the second British folk revival, contributing to some of the most important groups and projects of the 1960s, and he became a much sought-after session musician, which led him throughout his career to work with many of the major figures in folk and folk rock music.

His work for the group Fairport Convention from 1969 has been credited with leading them to produce their seminal album Liege & Lief (1969) which initiated the electric folk movement. This, and his subsequent career, helped create greater interest in British traditional music and was highly influential within mainstream rock. After 1970 he emerged as Fairport Convention's leading figure and guided the band through a series of important albums until its disbandment in 1979.

He also played in a series of smaller, acoustic units and engaged in solo projects. He maintained a massive output of recordings and a significant profile and made a major contribution to the interpretation of traditional British music.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 Ian Campbell Folk Group Ian Campbell & The Ian Campbell Folk Group with Dave Swarbrick 1
2002 Red Clydeside Alistair Hulett & Dave Swarbrick 1
2003 English Fiddler: Swarbrick Plays Swarbrick Dave Swarbrick 1
Lift the Lid and Listen Dave Swarbrick 1
Rags, Reels & Airs Dave Swarbrick 1
Smiddyburn / Flittin' Dave Swarbrick 1
The Ceilidh Album Dave Swarbrick 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Swarbrick / Swarbrick II Dave Swarbrick 1
2003 Swarb!! D is for Duo Dave Swarbrick 1
2005 Swarb!! C is for Collaboration Dave Swarbrick 1
2005 Swarb!! E is for Extras Dave Swarbrick 1
2005 Swarb!! S is for Swarb Dave Swarbrick 1
2011 Swarbrick / Swarbrick 2 / Smiddyburn Dave Swarbrick 1
Close to the White Bear Dave Swarbrick and Simon Nicol 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Live at Jacksons Lane Dave Swarbrick 1

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