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• From the dawn of the 1960s up until his death earlier this year, Dave Swarbrick was, according to Ashley Hutchings, “the most influential British fiddle player bar none”, whose presence loomed over the English folk scene for many years. His style has been copied or developed by many folk fiddlers both in the UK and around the world.

• Having played with The Ian Campbell Folk Group across the early 1960s, and collaborated with Martin Carthy on several duo albums, Swarb – to use his nickname – joined Fairport Convention and became an integral part of their classic albums such as Liege & Lief, at the vanguard of the late 60s electric folk rock scene. He remained with the Fairports until their dissolution in 1979 while also playing very selectively as a session musician.

• In 1976, Dave struck out on his own with the first of a string of six solo albums indulging his love of traditional music – a style of music his day-job band Fairport Convention had been moving away from at that point – helped by many respected guest musicians. Four of these largely instrumental albums are assembled on this new 2-CD, representing the totality of his solo work for the legendary folk imprint Transatlantic. His first two albums were simply entitled Swarbrick and Swarbrick 2: four tracks appear here for the first time ever on CD.

• After two further LPs for a Scandinavian label, Swarb returned to the Transatlantic fold for Smiddyburn, issued in 1981 on the company’s more contemporary Logo imprint. The fourth album to be included here is Flittin’, funded by Transatlantic but licensed out to a third party label, Spindrift, in 1983. Both albums were recorded in one set of sessions and are notable for featuring between them a clutch of performances by a one-off reunion of the legendary 1970 Full House Fairport line-up: Swarbrick, Richard Thompson, Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, Dave Mattacks.

• It Suits Me Well assembles all four albums across two CDs, remastered, with new sleeve-notes by noted folk historian Colin Harper, drawing from contemporaneous Swarbrick interviews.

DISC ONE:

SWARBRICK

1. THE HEILANMAN/DROWSEY MAGGIE

2. CARTHY'S MARCH

3. THE WHITE COCKADE/DOC BOYDS JIG/DURHAM RANGERS

4. MY SINGING BIRD

5. THE NIGHTINGALE

6. ONCE I LOVED A MAIDEN FAIR

7. THE KILLARNEY BOYS OF PLEASURE

8. LADY IN THE BOAT/ROSIN THE BOW/TIMOR THE TARTAR

9. BYKER HILL

10. THE ACE AND DEUCE OF PIPERING

11. HOLE IN THE WALL

12. BEN DORIAN

13. HULLICHANS/CHORUS JIG

14. THE 79TH'S FAREWELL TO GIBRALTER

15. ARTHUR MCBRIDE/SNUG IN THE BLANKET

SWARBRICK 2

16. THE ATHOLE HIGHLANDERS

17. SHANNON BELLS/FAIRY DANCE/MISS MCLEOD'S REEL

18. THE KING OF THE FAIRIES

19. CHIEF O'NEILL'S FAVOURITE/NEWCASTLE HORNPIPE

20. SHEEBEG AND SHEEMORE

21. THE ROCKY ROAD TO DUBLIN/SIR PHILLIP MCHUGH

22. PLANXTY MORGAN MAWGAN

23. THE SWALLOWS TAIL/RAKES OF KILDARE/BLACKTHORN STICK

24. SHEAGH OF RYE/THE FRIAR'S BREECHES

25. DERWENTWATER'S FAREWELL/THE NOBLE SQUIRE DACRE

26. TERIBUS/FAREWELL TO ABERDEEN



DISC TWO:

SWARBRICK 2 (continued)

1. BONAPARTE'S RETREAT

2. SHEPHERD'S HEY

3. LORD INCHIQUIN

4. THE COULIN

SMIDDYBURN

5. WAT YE WHA I MET THE STREEN/THE RIBBONS OF THE REDHEAD GIRL/RIL GAN AINM

6. SIR CHARLES COOTE/SMITHS

7. I HAVE A WIFE OF MY OWN/LADY MARY HAYE'S SCOTCH MEASURE

8. WISHING/THE VICTORS RETURN/THE GRAVEL WALK

9. WHEN THE BATTLE IS OVER

10. SWORD DANCE/THE YOUNG BLACK COW

11. SEAN O'DWYER OF THE GLEN/THE HAG WITH THE MONEY/SLEEPY MAGGIE

12. IT SUITS ME WELL

FLITTIN’

13. THE BRIDES MARCH/THE KEELMANS PERTITION/SHEW ME THE WAY TO WALLINGFORD/SWORD DANCE

14. PARTHENIA/PITTENGARDENERS' RANT

15. GREY DAYLIGHT/THE HAWK/THE TEN POUND FIDDLE

16. JAMAICA/WITH ALL MY HEART

17. NATHANIEL GOW'S LAMENT ON THE OCCASION OF THE DEATH OF HIS BROTHER/RORY OF THE HILLS

18. THE RAKES OF SOLLOHAD

19. DR. ISSACS MAGGOT/CUPIDS GARDEN

20. BOADICEA

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