Musician Dave Swarbrick, best known for his work with influential folk group Fairport Convention, has died at the age of 75.
Known as “Swarb”, the musician performed mainly on the violin and wrote many of the group’s songs.
The band posted a tribute on their website which said Swarbrick “had been seriously ill for some time”.
He had struggled with health problems after being diagnosed with emphysema in the 1990s.
Blur guitarist Graham Coxon was one of a number of musicians to pay tribute to Swarbrick, tweeting early footage of him playing mandolin with Martin Carthy with the message: “Very sad… Bye, Dave and thanks!”
Poets Michael Rosen and Ian McMillan also both shared their thoughts about Swarbrick, with Rosen calling him a “fiddler supreme” and McMillan recalling how “his playing on Fairport Convention’s Sloth broke my heart every time”.
Born in London in 1941, Swarbrick played on recordings with folk pioneers Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger before coming to prominence as a guest on Fairport Convention’s classic 1969 album Unhalfbricking.
He went on to become a permanent member of the band, writing and arranging songs for their albums – including on the influential electric folk album Liege & Lief – and performing with them up until they disbanded in 1979.
He also recorded his own solo albums, as well as working with the likes of Martin Carthy, Bert Jansch and fellow Fairport alumni Sandy Denny and Richard Thompson.
In 1999, the Daily Telegraph wrongly reported Swarbrick’s passing and published an obituary after he was spotted going into hospital. He would later print off copies, sign them and take them to gigs to sell to fans.
He spoke to BBC Radio 4 about the mistake in February, saying he was “happy” about what was written about him, “because far from damaging my career, it had …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment