Hastings Folk Fest – 2nd to 7th May 2017



Paul Dengate… Don’t forget the Hastings Folk Fest starts on the 2nd May, the day after the Jack In The Green procession. There is a major concert by Fairport Convention in St Mary In The Castle on the 6th May (promoted by Spyboy), plus free gigs and sessions in our favourite Old Town venues.  www.hastingsfolkfest.org for more info.

programme details… http://hastingsfolkfest.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/A3-folded-programme_poster_final.pdf

Fairport Convention’s Dave Swarbrick dies


Dave Swarbrick (Fairport Convention) in AVRO’s TopPop (Dutch television show) in 1972

Photo source: Beeld En Geluid Wiki – Gallerie: Toppop 1972


Jim Breeds… I’m devastated by this news. He’s been ill for many months but his recent Facebook messages had given me optimism. A musical genius and a true wit, this is so upsetting. I value the few short conversations I’ve had with him at various gigs over the years. Thinking of Jill, Issy and and the rest of the family. ‘Farewell, Farewell.’ I’ve seen him so many times since Fairport. Mainly with Martin Carthy. A great loss.

Patrick Lewis… This is really sad news. A superb musician. Fairport were at there best when he was with them – Babbacombe Lee, Full House etc

Chris Giles… Very very sad …a brilliant musician … And will sadly be a great loss

Alan Esdaile… another Great. R.I.P. Dave Swarbrick.

Fairport Convention – White Rock Theatre 1997


supplied by Iain Cobby

Alan Esdaile… Don’t forget they are at St Mary In The Castle on Sat 30th May 2015. Always loved this track…

Colin Norton… This always was one of my favourite Fairport tracks!

Tony Davis… Mine too. I remember hearing it on the Island Sampler You Can All Join In. That’s also where I first heard John Martyn’s Dusty. Those70’s samplers were a great way of hearing new music.

Alan Esdaile… I got the great Island Sampler You Can All Join In but I heard this track first when groups that played Battle Memorial Hall used to cover it.

Yvonne Cleland… Aaarghhh! You keep doing this, Alan! I’d forgotten all about those dances in battle Memorial Hall! 🙂