Dave Swarbrick has been described the most influential British fiddle player bar none. After 1970 he emerged as Fairport Convention’s leading figure and guided the band through a series of important albums until its disbandment in 1979. Simon Nicol was a founder member of Fairport Convention and is the only founding member still in the band… In 1973 he played on what is often considered one of the important folk/jazz albums of all time, John Martyn’s Solid Air.
After Fairport Convention called it a day in 1979, Dave Swarbrick and Simon Nicol joined forces and spent the early eighties playing folk clubs throughout the UK as an acoustic duo. Their repertoire was drawn from various sources – including Fairport Convention material, Dave Swarbrick’s late seventies/early eighties solo albums and also several tracks that were individual to the duo. The acoustic duo proved popular and recorded three albums. Two of those, the 1981 live album ‘Live at the White Bear’, and the 1984 studio effort ‘Close to the Wind’, were re-issued a few years back on Fairport Convention’s own Woodworm Records label.
2 Three Drunken Maidens
3 Young Black Cow/Lord Inchiquin
4 The Widow of Westmoreland’s Daughter
2 Humours of Cappa/Swallowtail Reel
3 After the Thrill
4 Friar Britches/Lark in the Morning/Gravel Path/Leighton Buzzard Shuffle
2 Planxty Morgan/Long Odds
3 Lord Haddo’s Favourite/ Lady Mary Hayes’ Scotch Measure
4 Flitter Dance/Peter O’Tavy/Mona’s Delight/Hunt the Wren
5 The Hen’s March/The Four Poster Bed
2 Merry Boys of Greenland/Olifiord Jack/Willafiord
3 O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music