Swarbrick - English Fiddler (CD)

Dave Swarbrick

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    Categories
    WorldMusic
    Category
    1. Performer
    2. Rock & Pop
    3. British Folk Rock
    Number of Items
    1
    Title
    English Fiddler
    Media
    CD
    BarCode
    636943704523
    Country of Origin
    USA / Canada
    Label
    Naxos
    Format
    CD
    Barcode
    636943704523
    Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] My Heart's In New South Wales
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Seven Keys, The
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Boadicea
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] The Wives / The Battler
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Mrs. Marriott
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] March Of The Last
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] The Pepperpot / Banksie
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Carthy's March / The Lemon Tree
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Crazy Man Michael / To Althea, From Prison / White Dress / Rosie
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Miss Stevenson / Turnabout
    Genre
    Classical
    Release Date
    14 March 2008
    Country
    South Africa
    Notes
    2003 must be the year of Swarb. In addition to being celebrated with a four-CD box set, there's this newly recorded selection of material from his career, and wonderful it is, too. He's a delightful fiddle player, shining brightest when surrounded by only a few people. His technique appears casual and intimate, but even a quick listen shows him to be a master (try "The Pepperpot" for a glimpse of what he can do and make sound so easy). Above all, he loves a good tune rather than any flash -- something typical of English fiddlers, really. And there are plenty of good tunes that he's written, from the lyrical "Boadicea," penned as a tribute to Sandy Denny, to "March of the Last," with its overtones of the Morris dance tune "Cuckoo's Nest." It's wonderful to hear him paired with guitarist Martin Carthy again, as he is for a couple of pieces here, including the classic "Carthy's March." And, since this is a greatest-hits collection of sorts, there's some material from his Fairport days, including "Crazy Man Michael" and "Rosie," done instrumentally, since he can no longer sing. But for a man who's had his obituary printed and had his life declared over a couple of times, this is a very lively collection indeed. Even at its richest (on "Miss Stevenson/Turnabout" with its full band), Swarb sparkles through. Marvelous stuff from a great -- possibly even legendary -- English folk figure. ~ Chris Nickson
    Distributor
    Naxos (Distributor)
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Studio
    Video Disabled
    0
    Performer
    Dave Swarbrick
    Artists
    1. Swarbrick, Dave
    Date Released
    2005-08-01

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