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Fairport Convention is often credited with being one of the first English bands. Formed in 1967, Fairport rapidly developed from playing cover versions of American 'west coast' music to an individual style which melded music with traditional tunes and songs.

Like their peers The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and Jefferson Airplane they were blessed with several considerable individual talents and produced music that -at least initially- was eclectic, as well as exploratory. This side of the… read more

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  • Avatar for xx02x
    RIP Dave, what a fiddler
  • Avatar for Flight123
    RIP Swarb - happy memories of Fairport gigs in late 70s!
  • Avatar for BJBooth
    RIP 'Swarb, thanks for Liege and Lief and for all the years of beautiful music.
  • Avatar for KeithJones
    RIP Dave Swarbrick
  • Avatar for MisterJunior
    @activewaste Well said. Richard Thompson, Sandy Denny and Ashley Hutchings were all vital members of the group and brought a lot to the table, but they're like Yes or King Crimson or The Fall in that despite all the lineup changes they've endured they've maintained a pretty consistently high level of quality throughout their lifespan. Babbacombe Lee and Tipplers Tales are two of their best, IMO, and don't feature any of the three. Well, Sandy Denny sings on one song on the former, but that's it. But yeah, you're missing out on tons and tons of good/great albums if you give up on 'em after Full House.
  • Avatar for KeithJones
    RIP Bruce Rowland, drummer for Fairport Convention from 1975 through 1979
  • Avatar for tsintskaro
    If you stopped at Full House you are really missing out, Angel Delight is stunning.
  • Avatar for activewaste
    May I just say, that most here are missing out, I only have one Sandy Denny album among my top 10 albums. The first 5 albums are great, but there are many later greats as well, Expletive Delighted, Angel Delight, Tippler's Tales, Jewel in the Crown, they are amazing albums, give thm a try. And I suspect all those loving Sandy Denny in Fairport, haven't even heard of Rising for the Moon, which she also appeared on, and which contains the greatest songs she ever wrote, like "One more Chance". Oh well, keep shouting for the only albums you have tried - it's your loss, those amazing albums that came later ♥
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    i stopped at full house, but i do like that album

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