Dave Swarbrick: English Fiddler (2003)
Mr. Swarbrick is considered the major exponent of British folk fiddling. The 62-year-old Yorkshire transplant from London learned to play fiddle from a local talent before becoming a letterpress printing apprentice. During the time of his indenture, Swarbrick toured and recorded widely. After living abroad in the early 1990s, Swarbrick moved home and has continued to tour and record. On this release, Mr. Swarbrick presents a series of ten of his compositions. These pieces range from the lilting "My Heart’s In New South Wales" to the dance "The Seven Keys" and the jazz-intricate "The Wives/The Battlers." Swarbrick excels on the slower pieces. "Boadicea" is a beautiful ballad as is the medley "Crazy Man Michael/To Althea From Prison/White Dress/Rosie."
Swarbrick’s music is immediately engaging, drawing the listener into a dimension apart form that heard here in America. Behind Swarbrick’s fiddle is a thousand years of beautiful English melody.
Track Listing: My Heart
Personnel: Dave Swarbrick