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Fergus Laing (and a rolling stone)

A song by Richard Thompson. Any resemblance to any living person is, I’m sure, entirely coincidental. Fergus Laing is a beast of a man He stitches up and fleeces He wants to manicure the world And sell it off in … Continue reading

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Dave Swarbrick

Dave Swarbrick shared with Mark Twain the privilege of saying that reports of his death had been greatly exaggerated.  Sadly, that is no longer true; he died on 3rd June this year, a fact not widely reported in Australia (although … Continue reading

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More moves through the fair

Following the last Bach instalment, here are three more versions of She Moves Through the Fair. The first is the “official” Fairport Convention release, with Sandy Denny on vocals.  Much more polished than the demo version posted last time, but … Continue reading

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Fine as a Bee’s wing

Beeswing is song by Richard Thompson, said to be about, or at least inspired by Anne Briggs.  Here is what the man himself says about it: “RICHARD THOMPSON: I wrote the song Beeswing kind of about her. There was a … Continue reading

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A Sailor’s Life

A Sailor’s Life was recorded by Fairport Convention in 1968 and marks the transition of the group from a pale copy of the American West Coast sound to an original and innovative re-interpreter of British folk songs.  At the time of … Continue reading

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