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It Suits Me Well - The Transatlantic Recordings 1976-1983

Cherry Tree


Released: 18th Nov 2016


Having played with The Ian Campbell Folk Group across the early 1960s, and collaborated with Martin Carthy on several duo albums, Swarb – to use his nickname – joined Fairport Convention at the vanguard of the late 60s electric folk rock scene.

In 1976, Dave struck out on his own with the first of a string of six solo albums indulging his love of traditional music – a style of music his day-job band Fairport Convention had been moving away from at that point – helped by many respected guest musicians. Four of these largely instrumental albums are assembled on this new 2-CD, representing the totality of his solo work for the legendary folk imprint Transatlantic. His first two albums were simply entitled Swarbrick and Swarbrick 2: four tracks appear here for the first time ever on CD. After two further LPs for a Scandinavian label, Swarb returned to the Transatlantic fold for Smiddyburn, issued in 1981 on the company’s more contemporary Logo imprint. The fourth album to be included here is Flittin’, funded by Transatlantic but licensed out to a third party label, Spindrift, in 1983. Both albums are notable for featuring between them a clutch of performances by a one-off reunion of the legendary 1970 Full House Fairport line-up: Swarbrick, Richard Thompson, Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, Dave Mattacks.

It Suits Me Well - The Transatlantic Recordings 1976-1983


  1. The Heilanman/Drowsey Maggie
  2. Carthy's March
  3. The White Cockade/Doc Boyds Jig/ Durham Rangers
  4. My Singing Bird
  5. The Nightingale
  6. Once I Loved A Maiden Fair
  7. The Killarney Boys Of Pleasure
  8. Lady In The Boat/Rosin The Bow/ Timor The Tartar
  9. Byker Hill
  10. The Ace And Deuce Of Pipering
  11. Hole In The Wall
  12. Ben Dorian
  13. Hullichans/Chorus Jig
  14. The 79th's Farewell To Gibralter
  15. Arthur Mcbride/Snug In The Blanket
  16. The Athole Highlanders
  17. Shannon Bells/Fairy Dance/ Miss Mcleod's Reel
  18. The King Of The Fairies
  19. Chief O'neill's Favourite/ Newcastle Hornpipe
  20. Sheebeg And Sheemore
  21. The Rocky Road To Dublin/ Sir Phillip Mchugh
  22. Planxty Morgan Mawgan
  23. The Swallows Tail/Rakes Of Kildare/Blackthorn Stick
  24. Sheagh Of Rye/The Friar's Breeches
  25. Derwentwater's Farewell/ The Noble Squire Dacre
  26. Teribus/Farewell To Aberdeen
  27. Bonaparte's Retreat
  28. Shepherd's Hey
  29. Lord Inchiquin
  30. The Coulin
  31. Wat Ye Wha I Met The Streen/The Ribbons Of The Redhead Girl/ Ril Gan Ainm
  32. Sir Charles Coote/Smiths
  33. I Have A Wife Of My Own/Lady Mary Haye's Scotch Measure
  34. Wishing/The Victors Return/ The Gravel Walk
  35. When The Battle Is Over
  36. Sword Dance/The Young Black Cow
  37. Sean O'dwyer Of The Glen/The Hag With The Money/Sleepy Maggie
  38. It Suits Me Well
  39. The Brides March/The Keelmans Pertition/Shew Me The Way To Wallingford/Sword Dance
  40. Parthenia/Pittengardeners' Rant
  41. Grey Daylight/The Hawk/ The Ten Pound Fiddle
  42. Jamaica/With All My Heart
  43. Nathaniel Gow's Lament On The Occasion Of The Death Of His Brother/Rory Of The Hills
  44. The Rakes Of Sollohad
  45. Dr. Issacs Maggot/Cupids Garden
  46. Boadicea