David Cyril Eric Swarbrick, 5 April 1941, New Malden, Surrey, England. Violinist and vocalist Swarbrick has played with many well-known groups and performers both in the folk genre and other areas of music. He is usually best remembered for his time with Fairport Convention, whom he first joined in 1969. In his earlier days, Swarbrick played guitar in a ceilidh band before taking up the violin. He played fiddle and mandola for the Ian Campbell Folk Group, and toured with Simon Nicol and Martin Carthy. Swarbrick first teamed up with the latter in 1966 and, when he played on Carthys debut album for Fontana Records in 1967, was fined by his own record company Transatlantic for performing without their permission. During the 70s Swarbrick balanced his ongoing membership of Fairport Convention with a solo career, and also played more traditional folk music in the band the Three Desperate Mortgages. Swarbrick left Fairport Convention in 1984, and shortly after...
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