This lavishly packaged long-box set is the first in-depth anthology of the 45-year career of Dave Swarbrick, one of Britain's best loved and most influential folk fiddle players. The 73 tracks (over five hours of music) stretch from Swarb's earliest recordings to his latest, including selections from every duo, band and session line-up he has been involved in, legendary 'lost' recordings, and out-takes and alternate takes from all of his key albums. Features Ewan MacColl, the Ian Campbell Folk Group, Martin Carthy, Fairport Convention, Beryl Marriott, Richard & Linda Thompson, Whippersnapper, Eureka and Band Of Hope, and others.
Essential: A masterpiece of celtic-folk music.
When I first heard this album, on its release, 25 years ago, I knew immediately that it would doubtless stand the test of time. Andy Irvine and Paul Brady were (and still are) some of the finest musicians/singers that Ireland has produced, and to have multi-instrumentalist/genius Donal Lunny and fiddle great Kevin Burke along for the session is simply icing on the cake.