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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Dave Hicks, Sep 16, 2020.
No Sandy or Richard in this version of Fairport.
I have a VHS "It All Goes Round Again" which summarizes Fairport's history up to the early 90's (?) I think. Sadly it does not appear to have been reissued on DVD or streaming (!) The noive! I have never seen this clip before. I love Dave Swarbrick. Saw him only once at a local club with Martin Carthy 10 or 15 years back.
In the aftermath of RT's departure, Simon Nicol became the only remaining guitarist, and very uncomfortable at the prospect of filling RT's shoes. He looks a bit uncomfortable here. Simon's a great player in his own right, but few if any would want to be in that position. Over the years he also developed into a great lead singer, which spot he still holds alongside Chris Leslie. Chris is (I think) the only really active songwriter in FC at the moment although current violinist Ric Sanders has written a number of compelling choons.
I really like the 4 piece FC with Simon on lead guitar. Saw that line in 70 I think supporting Angel Delight. Nobody can replace RT, but I also saw FC with Jerry Donahue, Maart, and the current line up. All worthy and all make great music. Simon is one of my favorite guitar players and singers, and also wonderful front man.
Likewise. I had a chance to chat with him once when they played in Santa Cruz. I told him I'd gone to England to follow them around, blah blah woof, etc. to which he drily responded:
"I hear there's a 12 step program available".
Now I'm jealous of both of you - I have seen RT a few times, both solo and with a band (once with Danny Thompson - another life lister), but not Fairport.
Danny Thompson is the bassist I recognize most clearly when I hear him - his sound is like no other.
My friends once stalked a Moody Blues member on a trip to England.
My favorite bass guitar player by a long shot. He played with Tim Buckley on his UK tour - most notably the recording Dreamletter. And he played on Five Leaves Left by Nick Drake, which is one of my absolute favorite records. Then of course he's on the Incredible String Band records, as well as Bert Jansch and John Martyn records, and most of Richard Thompson's solo albums.
And he also shows up on Kate Bush's Hounds Of Love!
Superstar. No other way to describe him. Danny Thompson deserves a Grammy and a knighthood.
Graeme Edge? Patrick Moraz? My feelings about this depend greatly on the details.
I have seen Danny Thompson with RT and with Pentangle (69-70).
I think it was Justin Hayward
That at least makes sense. He's so dreamy!