Duo Project from Fairport Convention Members
Dave Swarbrick and Simon Nicol are hugely important figures in the history of British folk rock and folk music since the 1960's. They were both key figures in British folk rock super group Fairport Convention and appeared on their seminal album Liege and Lief (1969) which initiated the electric folk movement. In fact BBC radio 2 listeners have voted Liege And Lief the 'most influential folk album of all time'.
Swarbrick has been described as the most influential British fiddle player bar none. After 1970 he emerged as Fairport Convention's leading figure and guided the band through a series of important albums until its disbandment in 1979. Nicol was a founding member of Fairport Convention and is the only founding member still in the band. In 1973 he played on what is often considered one of the important folk/jazz albums of all time, John Martyn's Solid Air.
After Fairport Convention called it a day in 1979, Swarbrick and Nicol joined forces and spent the early-80s playing folk clubs throughout the UK as an acoustic duo. Their repertoire was drawn from various sources - including Fairport Convention material, Swarbrick's late-70s/early-80s solo albums and also several tracks that were individual to the duo.
The pair proved popular and recorded three albums. Two of those, the 1981 live album Live At The White Bear and the 1984 studio effort Close To The Wind, were re-issued a few years back on Fairport Convention's own Woodworm Records label. In The Club is the folk legends' rare and radiant 1982 debut.