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On September 16. 2018.

On September 16, 2018, Maartin Allcock died aged 61. He was a musician (violin, guitar, bass, keyboards, pipes), and record producer, best known as a member of Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull, and The Mission. As a musician, he recorded with a number of bands and musicians including Ralph McTell, Simon Nicol, Kieran Halpin, Beverley Craven, Steve Ashley, Dan Ar Braz, Robert Plant, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Les Barker, Ashley Hutchings, Billy Connolly, Judith Durhamlin, Steve Tilston, Maggie Boyle, Chris Leslie, The Simon Mayor Quintet, WAZ!, Dave Pegg, Steve Gibbons, David Hughes, Sally Barker, Emily Slade, Alistair Russell, John Wright, Swarb’s Lazarus, Mike Billington, The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican, Scott Doonican, Dave Burland, and Lisa Starnini. Allcock released four solo albums.

On June 3, 2016.

On June 3, 2016, David Cyril Eric Swarbrick died aged 75. He was singer-songwriter and musician (violin, viola, mandolin, guitar), one of the most highly regarded musicians from the second British folk revival, contributing to some of the most important groups and projects of the 1960s. He has worked with Ian Campbell Folk Group, Martin Carthy, Whippersnapper and Swarb’s Lazarus, but was best known for his work with Fairport Convention. Swarbrick recorded thirteen albums as a leader.

In December 1988.

In December 1988, “Rough Trade” label released “Red & Gold”, the 16th Fairport Convention studio album. It was recorded September to November 1988 at “Woodworm Studios” in Barford St. Michael, Oxfordshire, and was produced by Simon Nicol.

Personnel:

  • Maartin Allcock– vocals, guitars, bouzouki, mandolin, accordion, keyboards
  • Dave Mattacks– drums, percussion, keyboards, harpsichord
  • Ric Sanders– violin
  • Dave Pegg– vocals, acoustic and bass guitars
  • Simon Nicol– vocals, guitars, dobro
  • Tim Matyear – engineer
  • Rob Braviner, Mark Tucker – engineering
  • John Dent – mastering
  • Mike Dolan – mixing
  • David Gleeson, Spencer Richards – artwork
  • Malcolm Holmes – booklet design
  • Dawn Robertson, John Woodward – cover photography

Track listing:

  1. Set Me Up – Dave Whetstone
  2. The Noise Club – Maartin Allcock
  3. Red and Gold – Ralph McTell
  4. The Beggar’s Song – traditional,arranged by  Maartin Allcock
  5. The Battle – Ric Sanders
  6. Dark Eyed Molly – Archie Fisher
  7. The Rose Hip – Ric Sanders
  8. London River – Rod Shearman
  9. Summer Before the War – Huw Williams
  10. Open the Door Richard – Bob Dylan

In November 1971.

In November 1971, “island” label released “Babbacombe Lee”, the seventh Fairport Convention studio album. It was recorded August – September 1971, at “Sound Techniques” in London, and was produced by John Wood and Simon Nicol.

  • Simon Nicol– vocals, guitar, dulcimer
  • Dave Mattacks– drums, electric piano, harmonium
  • Dave Swarbrick– vocals, fiddle, mandolin
  • Dave Pegg– vocals, bass, mandolin
  • Trevor Lucas- rhythm guitar
  • Jerry Donahue- lead guitar
  • Sandy Denny– vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Simon Nicol, Dave Mattacks, Dave Swarbrick, Dave Pegg, Trevor Lucas and Jerry Donahue.

The album story is about the life of John “Babbacombe” Lee, murderer who was condemned to death but reprieved after the gallows failed on three occasions to work properly.

The tracks are listed episodically rather than as discrete tracks, reflecting the structure of the narrative.

  1. John’s reflection on his boyhood, his introduction to Miss Keyes and The Glen, his restlessness, and his struggles with his family, finally successful, to join the navy
  2. This was the happiest period in his life. All locked set fair for a career until he was stricken with sickness and invalided out of his chosen niche in life. Reluctantly and unhappily he turned to a number of menial occupations and finally returned to the services of Miss Keyes
  3. Tragedy now strikes hard. The world’s imagination is caught by the brutal senseless[ness] of the apparent criminal who slays his kind old mistress
  4. John was hardly more than a bewildered observer at his own trial, not being allowed to say more than a few words. The tides of fate wash him to the condemned cell where he waits three sad weeks for his last night on earth
  5. When it comes, he cannot sleep, but when he does, a strange, prophetic dream comes to him, and helps him to bear the strain of his next day’s ordeal as scaffold and its crew try in vain three times to take his life

 

 

In October 1973.

In October 1973, “A&M” label released “Nine”, the ninth Fairport Convention album. It was recorded July – August 1973, at “Sound Techniques” in London, and was produced by Trevor Lucas, John Wood, Dave Swarbrick, Jerry Donahue, Dave Pegg and Dave Mattacks.

Personnel:

  • Trevor Lucas – acoustic guitar, lead, chorus and backing vocals
  • Dave Swarbrick – violin, lead verse and backing vocals, viola, mandolin
  • Jerry Donahue – acoustic and electric guitars
  • Dave Pegg – bass, backing vocals, mandolin
  • Dave Mattacks – drums, percussion, bass, harmonium , clavinet

Track listing:

  1. The Hexhamshire Lass – traditional; arranged by Trevor Lucas, Dave Swarbrick, Jerry Donahue, Dave Pegg and Dave Mattacks
  2. Polly on the Shore – music by Dave Pegg, words traditional; arranged by Dave Swarbrick, Trevor Lucas
  3. The Brilliancy Medley/Cherokee Shuffle – traditional
  4. To Althea From Prison – words by Richard Lovelace; music Dave Swarbrick
  5. Tokyo – Jerry Donahue
  6. Bring ‘Em Down – Trevor Lucas
  7. Big William – Trevor Lucas, Dave Swarbrick
  8. Pleasure and Pain – Trevor Lucas, Dave Swarbrick
  9. Possibly Parsons Green – Trevor Lucas, Roche

In July 1970.

In July 1970, “Island” label released “Full House” the fifth Fairport Convention album. It was recorded February – April 1970, at “Sound Techniques Studio” in London,”Vanguard Studios” in New York City,  and was produced by Joe Boyd.

Personnel:

  • Dave Swarbrick– vocals, fiddle, viola, mandolin
  • Richard Thompson– vocals, electric guitar, sleeve not
  • Dave Pegg– vocals, bass guitar, mandolin
  • Dave Mattacks– drums, percussion, harmonium, bodhran
  • Simon Nicol– vocals, electric & acoustic guitars, bass guitar, electric dulcimer
  • Engineeredby John Wood

Track listing:

  1. Walk Awhile – Richard Thompson, Dave Swarbrick
  2. Dirty Linen – traditional, arr. by Dave Swarbrick
  3. Sloth – Richard Thompson, Dave Swarbrick
  4. Sir Patrick Spens – traditional, arr. by Dave Awarbrick, Richard Thompson, Dave Pegg, Dave Mattacks, Simon Nicol
  5. Flatback Caper – Ronald Cooper, Turlough O’Carolan
  6. Doctor of Physick – Richard Thompson, Dave Swarbrick
  7. Flowers of the Forest – traditional, arr. by Dave Awarbrick, Richard Thompson, Dave Pegg, Dave Mattacks, Simon Nicol

 

On July 3, 1969.

On July 3, 1969, “Island” label released “Unhalfbricking”, the third Fairport Convention  album. It was recorded January – April 1969, at “Sound Techniques” and “Olympic Studios” in London, and was produced by Joe Boyd, Simon Nico, Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson, Ashley Hutchings, Simon Nicol and Martin Lamble. The cover photo was by Eric Hayes, sleeve design by Diogenic Attempts Ltd.

Personnel:

  • Sandy Denny– vocals, harpsichord
  • Richard Thompson– electric and acoustic guitars, electric dulcimer, piano accordion, organ, backing vocals
  • Ashley Hutchings– bass, backing vocals
  • Simon Nicol– electric and acoustic guitars, electric dulcimer, backing vocals
  • Martin Lamble– drums, stacked chair backs
  • Iain Matthews– backing vocals
  • Dave Swarbrick – fiddle
  • Trevor Lucas– triangle
  • Marc Ellington– vocals
  • Dave Mattacks– drums
  • Engineer: John Wood

Track listing:

  1. Genesis Hall – Richard Thompson
  2. Si tu dois partir – Bob Dylan
  3. Autopsy – Sandy Denny
  4. A Sailor’s Life – traditional, arranged by Denny, Thompson, Simon Nicol, Ashley Hutchings, Martin Lamble
  5. Cajun Woman – Richard Thompson
  6. Who Knows Where the Time Goes? – Sandy Denny
  7. Percy’s Song – Bob Dylan
  8. Million Dollar Bash – Bob Dylan

In June 1975.

In June 1975, “Island” label released “Rising for the Moon”, the tenth Fairport Convention studio album. It was recorded September 1974 – March 1975, at “Olympic Sound Studios” in London, and was produced by Glyn Johns. “Rising for the Moon” was band’s last album to feature the vocalist Sandy Denny.

Personnel:

  • Sandy Denny- vocals, piano, electric piano
  • Trevor Lucas- vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Dave Swarbrick- vocals, violin, viola, mandolin (3), dulcimer, autoharp, acoustic guitar
  • Jerry Donahue- lead guitar
  • Dave Pegg- bass, electric guitar, backing vocals
  • Dave Mattacks- drums
  • Bruce Rowland- drums

Track listing:

  1. Rising For The Moon – Sandy Denny
  2. Restless – Trevor Lucas, Pete Roche
  3. White Dress – Dave Swarbrick
  4. Let It Go – Sandy Denny, Dave Pegg, Dave Swarbrick
  5. Stranger To Himself – Sandy Denny
  6. What Is True – Sandy Denny
  7. Iron Lion – Trevor Lucas
  8. Dawn – Sandy Denny, Jerry Donahue
  9. After Halloween – Sandy Denny
  10. Night-Time Girl – Dave Pegg, Dave Swarbrick
  11. One More Chance – Sandy Denny

 

In June 1971.

In June 1971, “Island” label released “Angel Delight”, the sixth Fairport Convention album.  It was recorded February – March 1971, at “Sound Techniques Ltd.” in London, and was produced by John Wood, Richard Thompson, Dave Swarbrick, Dave Pegg, Dave Mattacks and Simon Nicol.

Personnel:

  • Richard Thompson– vocals, electric guitar
  • Dave Swarbrick– lead vocals, mandolin, vocals, fiddle, viola, cuckoo
  • Dave Pegg– bass guitar, vocals, lead guitar, viola, violin
  • Dave Mattacks– drums, percussion, vocals, harmonium , tambourine, bass guitar, piano
  • Simon Nicol– lead vocals, vocals, guitar, bass guitar, electric dulcimer, violin

Track listing:

  1. Lord Marlborough – traditional
  2. Sir William Gower – traditional
  3. Bridge over the River Ash – traditional
  4. Wizard of the Worldly Game – Simon Nicol, Dave Swarbrick
  5. The Journeyman’s Grace – Dave Swarbrick, Richard Thompson
  6. Angel Delight – Dave Mattacks, Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, Dave Swarbrick
  7. Banks of the Sweet Primroses – traditional
  8. Instrumental Medley: The Cuckoo’s Nest/Hardiman the Fiddler/Papa Stoor” traditional
  9. The Bonny Black Hare – traditional
  10. Sickness & Diseases – Dave Swarbrick, Richard Thompson