Tag Archives: Fairport Convention

Joe Boyd on Unhalfbricking

Joe Boyd talks about the transition of Fairport Convention from a band playing American pop to a band playing English folk music like it had never been played before: And a song from the album, A Sailor’s Life:  

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Dave Swarbrick

Dave Swarbrick shared with Mark Twain the privilege of saying that reports of his death had been greatly exaggerated.  Sadly, that is no longer true; he died on 3rd June this year, a fact not widely reported in Australia (although … Continue reading

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Various routes to and from Nottamun Town

Recently reading the words to Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall” I was struck by the similarity to the English folk song “Nottamun Town”.  Searching the Internet I found very few references to this connection (although plenty to the … Continue reading

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Boxing Day on the James Craig

The James Craig is a 19th Century square rigger, restored by the Sydney Heritage Fleet, which makes regular sailings from Sydney Harbour open to the public, including a Boxing Day trip to observe the departing Sydney-Hobart race: The crew (all volunteers) … Continue reading

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The Deserter

The Deserter is a traditional song featured on Fairport Convention’s 1968 album Liege and Lief; it is said to be the favourite track on the album of Sandy Denny, and the producer, Joe Boyd.  The song has a long history, and … Continue reading

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More moves through the fair

Following the last Bach instalment, here are three more versions of She Moves Through the Fair. The first is the “official” Fairport Convention release, with Sandy Denny on vocals.  Much more polished than the demo version posted last time, but … Continue reading

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Reynardine

Reynardine (if Wikipedia is to be believed) is an early 20th century re-interpretation of a 18th or 19th century folk song, overlaying mystic overtones on a straightforward story of a young woman being waylaid by some rake. Whatever its history, … Continue reading

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