It’s 50 not out for the irrepressible Swarb

He’s one of the great names of the folk scene, forever part of the Fairport Convention story and will be celebrating 50 years not out at The Mill on Sunday.

Dave Swarbrick’s back catalogue thus dates back to the early sixties.

Among his huge back catalogue from that time is work with the likes of Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger and Charles Parker.

In the early 60s he joined the Ian Campbell Folk Group and in 1966 teamed up with Martin Carthy in a groundbreaking partnership at the heart of the revolution going on in the folk scene of the time.

It was when they parted he began his enduring connection to Fairport Convention, the first album he appeared on being possibly the band’s and folk rock’s finest, Liege and Lief.

Since leaving Fairport in 1984 he has been part of bands such as Whippersnapper and Band of Joy, been reunited with Martin Carthy, produced solo work and, famously, woke up one day in 1999 to find his own obituary in the Daily Telegraph.

But though battling health problems, rumours of his demise were clearly wrong and since a double lung transplant in 2004 he’s been on fine form, playing widely and producing more groundbreaking work.

Sunday’s apppearance, Swarb 50 years on the Road, starts at 8pm and tickets are £15, from 01295 279002.

The support act is Floot Street born in a pub garden session in Warwick at the 2013 folk festival.