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I was in two minds as to whether I should have called this a Dave Swarbrick review or various artists, as the title is subtitled, 'Dave Swarbrick guests on tracks by The Blue Pig Orchestra, Said The Maiden, John Farndon and Kelly Oliver' I thought it was most practical to go with the former.

Dave Swarbrick is patron of the Folkstock Arts Foundation and this release comes about through an initiative of theirs, where artists were invited to submit tracks and a lucky few would have Dave Swarbrick make a fiddle contribution to them, passing the baton from his generation to the next. By coincidence, Dave Swarbrick also happens to be a Fatea Lifetime Achievement Award holder and three of the four artists that he's contributed to have appeared on the Fatea Showcase Sessions, so I was always going to be really interested in this release and I guess I should sort of declare an interest.

The things I really love about "Passing The Baton" is how diverse the songs are. There's none that you wouldn't call folk, but they are all so different and therefore Swarbs contribution is also very different, highlighting what a sympathetic musician he is and why he's considered one of the musicians of his generation.

"I usually take my tracks to be mastered to a studio where one of the country's top digital technicians works from. In my opinion the mastering that Lauren Deakin-Davies did for Folkstock Records on the EP 'Passing the Baton' is every bit as good and in future I will be asking Lauren to do my mastering" Dave Swarbrick.


released March 12, 2014

Dave Swarbrick accompanied songs written by The Blue Pig Orchestra (M.Rolland), Kelly Oliver ( K.Oliver ), John Farndon ( J. Farndon). All songs mixed and mastered by Lauren Deakin Davies for Folkstock Records.
Huge thanks to Kev Boyd for the use of his super pic of Swarb.



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Folkstock Records UK

Boutique label releasing handpicked singer songwriters from the Folkstock fold.
Most engineering, mixing and mastering by Lauren Deakin Davies.
Except Bright Season by Bright Season - released 31st May 2014
The F Spot by Friends of Folkstock - release date 17th May 2014
Passing the Baton - Swarb and Folkstock friends - 5th April 2014
Debut EP release from Kelly Oliver on 26.11.13. Far From Home
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