Whilst I’m working on some new stuff, which isn’t yet ready to post – yes, I do have standards! – I thought I’d share again this post from a year ago today. Newer readers won’t have seen it before, and if I can bring the music of Dave Swarbrick and Fairport Convention to a wider audience it’s worth it! And as I said at the end of the piece, the featured song offers good advice on how we could improve our lives and the world as whole. This has been brought very much into my focus by the recent terrorist murders in the UK. We really do need to walk together.
By any standards, 2016 has so far been a terrible year for celebrity deaths. Some have been global superstars and have been widely mourned, and shamelessly used as an excuse for those Z-listers who hang onto the coat tails of the rich and famous – I wrote about this in Starman. Others have been more localised, but none the less tragic for that. I suspect that most of you reading this will never have heard of the person I am writing about, particularly as he died on the same day as Muhammad Ali, although The Times did a rather nice (almost) full page obituary of him yesterday. He wouldn’t have been expecting a 16 page tribute though, so no harm done!
Does the name Dave Swarbrick mean anything to you? No? I thought not. Swarb, as he was universally known, was a fiddle player, singer and…
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