Fiddle Maestroes Dave Swarbrick and Gina Le Faux

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From Lynne at AmandaLynne Music and Liz of In Any Event!

Many thanks to all of you that came to Vin Barretts' concert at the Players Theatre in December.

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The long range weather forecast indicates that it will be less cold by mid January so get ready for another winter warming concert.

Fiddle Maestroes Dave Swarbrick and Gina Le Faux are to play at Middlewich British Legion in Lewin Street CW10 9AS on January 30th.

Tickets are £12 from Liz Rosenfield on 01606 834969 or online at

Manchester songwriter Pete Butler will open the night.

During his indentured years Dave Swarbrick toured and recorded extensively. Amongst the huge back catalogue from that time are three Radio Ballads with EWAN MacCOLL, PEGGY SEEGER and CHARLES PARKER. Dave's lifelong passion for folk music was born in those busy years. His printing apprenticeship was mainly spent "on the road" or in the Manager's office.

Amongst the many performers Dave met, worked and recorded with during those years were BERYL and ROGER MARRIOTT, A .L. LLOYD, ALF EDWARDS and, of course, IAN CAMPBELL.

Dave joined the IAN CAMPBELL FOLK GROUP in the early 60's and left printing shortly afterwards. In 1966 he teamed up with MARTIN CARTHY and this remarkable pairing played an important part in the tremendous shake up given to British folk music in the middle to late 60's. When they parted in 1969 Dave joined FAIRPORT CONVENTION and his contribution to folk and folk/rock music is legendary and well documented.

In 1984 Dave left Fairport and, along with KEVIN DEMPSEY, CHRIS LESLIE and MARTIN JENKINS, formed WHIPPERSNAPPER, a group renowned for its drive and acoustic prowess. In 1989 Dave decided to leave to concentrate on solo work and revive his partnership with Martin Carthy.

In the early 90s Dave and Martin were members of the folk "supergroup" BAND OF HOPE along with such luminaries as ROY BAILEY, STEAFAN HANNIGAN, JOHN KIRKPATRICK and CHRIS PARKINSON. The band toured twice and produced one CD, "RHYTHM and REDS".

In 1993 Dave moved to Australia where he met and began working with ALISTAIR HULETT. So far their partnership has produced three highly acclaimed CDs. Dave returned to England in 1996. He and Kevin Dempsey started making music together shortly afterwards.  

While touring Europe with Kevin in 1999, Dave became seriously ill and for the next six years battled against emphysema. Famously killed off by the Daily Telegraph in 1999, Swarb continues to confound the press and the medical profession. His double lung transplant operation in October 2004 has meant a return to form and a renewed zest to be out there playing music again. Since then he has travelled Britain, Europe and Australia playing with his band, Swarbs Lazarus, and has been re-united with both Martin Carthy and Alistair Hulett for outstanding duo tours. He has recently returned to solo performances for the first time in a decade with a show that is another memorable and triumphant chapter in his long career.

Swarb received the highest award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society, the Gold Badge, in 2002 and the Gold Badge of Merit from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, again their highest accolade, in 2003. In 2004 Swarb received a Lifetime Achievement Award in the annual BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and in 2006 Fairport Convention received an award for "Liege And Life", the most influential album of all time, as voted for by the listeners. In 2007 Swarb received another award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, this time for Best Duo (with Martin Carthy) as well as being nominated in the best instrumentalist category. In 2008 he won the Hancock Award for Musician of the Year in which over 3000 people took part, claiming over 40% of the vote.

 Gina Le Faux has played with (to name a few) Dick Gaughan, Tom Napper, The Tannahill Weavers, and Pete Coes' Red Shift. Her latest CD includes accompaniment from folk icons Martin Simpson Andy Cutting Hugh Bradley and Keith Angel.

Pete Butlers' repertoire ranges from ragtime to classical, from traditional to modern. An evening with Peter Butler consists of some outstanding songs, interspersed with the occasional finger-breaking instrumental linked with a relaxed but dry sense of humour.

Please support Liz and buy tickets. It will be a great night..the Legion is one of my favourite local venues, with comfortable and roomy cabaret style seating .
See you there !

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