Dave Swarbrick

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Dave Swarbrick first came to prominence on the folk scene as as young instrumental virtuoso in the Ian Campbell Folk Group. By 1967 Dave had left them and had teamed up with Martin Carthy as a duo. While they featured hot instrumental tracks in their live sets and recordings, Dave’s forte in the duo was sensitive accompaniment to Martin’s voice and guitar. In 1969 Dave Swarbrick joined Fairport Convention and helped invent English folk-rock.

Dave Swarbrick – Rags, Reels & Airs

2019-10-28T10:34:49+00:00

A lost classic, first released in 1967 and immediately recognised as a recording landmark. Rags, Reels & Airs focuses solely on Dave Swarbrick and it finally gave him a chance to really stretch out and demonstrate his leading instrumental prowess. The result [...]

Dave Swarbrick – Rags, Reels & Airs2019-10-28T10:34:49+00:00

Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick – Straws in the Wind

2019-11-08T09:32:24+00:00

The legendary, ground-breaking duo in a startlingly intense reunion on this 2006 album. All the old skills are demonstrated with a new collection of traditional songs and instrumentals. Their experienced approach to their art lacks none of the fervour of their early [...]

Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick – Straws in the Wind2019-11-08T09:32:24+00:00

Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick – Both Ear and the Tail

2019-11-08T09:35:50+00:00

One of the great duos of all time, Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick joined up in early spring 1966 as a performing unit. They were an immediate hit, becoming overnight the most popular group in the burgeoning folk club scene in Britain. [...]

Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick – Both Ear and the Tail2019-11-08T09:35:50+00:00

Martin Carthy – Martin Carthy

2019-10-28T17:00:14+00:00

First released in 1965 Martin Carthy is the debut album from the most creative folksong interpreter of his generation. His singing and guitar-playing have been imitated wherever the revival has reached, across North America and Europe no less than in Britain. Martin [...]

Martin Carthy – Martin Carthy2019-10-28T17:00:14+00:00

Martin Carthy with Dave Swarbrick – Second Album

2019-11-07T16:40:43+00:00

Dave Swarbrick's increased contribution on this 1966 album was a signal that he and Carthy were rapidly forming folk music's most potent collaboration, creating a clean, sharp sound that would be honed over the next three albums. Martin Carthy vocals, guitar Dave [...]

Martin Carthy with Dave Swarbrick – Second Album2019-11-07T16:40:43+00:00

Martin Carthy with Dave Swarbrick – Byker Hill

2019-11-08T09:47:13+00:00

As he grew in confidence and dexterity Martin Carthy tested himself with tricky rhythms and challenging songs, and the title track of Byker Hill (1967) electrified the folk scene with its audacious syncopation. His most carefully planned and executed album up to [...]

Martin Carthy with Dave Swarbrick – Byker Hill2019-11-08T09:47:13+00:00

Martin Carthy with Dave Swarbrick – But Two Came By

2019-11-08T09:53:32+00:00

Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick continue their bold and virtuosic transformation of traditional songs and melodies on this 1968 set, adding a memorable treatment of Sidney Carter's Lord of the Dance. Martin Carthy vocals, guitar Dave Swarbrick fiddle, mandolin 1  Ship in [...]

Martin Carthy with Dave Swarbrick – But Two Came By2019-11-08T09:53:32+00:00

Martin Carthy with Dave Swarbrick – Prince Heathen

2019-11-08T10:00:35+00:00

In this 1969 album Martin Carthy focuses on traditional songs, producing powerful readings such as the title track and his lengthy retelling of the ballad Little Musgrave & Lady Barnard. "One of the best albums anyone's ever done" Folk Roots Martin Carthy [...]

Martin Carthy with Dave Swarbrick – Prince Heathen2019-11-08T10:00:35+00:00

Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick – Life and Limb

2019-11-08T10:15:49+00:00

Carthy and Swarbrick celebrated their 1990 reunion by adding many new songs and tunes to their repertoire as well as taking a fresh look at old favourites like Sovay and Byker Hill. Martin Carthy vocals, guitar Dave Swarbrick fiddle 1  Sovay 2  [...]

Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick – Life and Limb2019-11-08T10:15:49+00:00

Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick – Skin & Bone

2019-11-08T10:17:15+00:00

This lively collaboration from two master musicians, recorded 1992, features a poignant reading of the ballad Lucy Wan and a long medley of tunes by the Irish harpist O'Carolan. 1  The Sheepstealer 2  The Poacher 3  I Courted a Damsel 4  Lucy [...]

Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick – Skin & Bone2019-11-08T10:17:15+00:00