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Dave Shannon RIP: musician, mentor, teacher, composer, producer and husband, father, friend

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Photo of Dave and Fiona reproduced with permission from the Belfast Folk website*


Dave Shannon, who has died aged 67, was an exceptionally gifted musician, writer and performer who enthused many of those who encountered him and his work.

With hs great friend Sam Bracken, he played extensively in Northern Ireland and then the folk clubs of Great Britain before they recruited a fine singer, Fiona Simpson, to form Therapy, an innovative trio that included a few traditional pieces in an otherwise largely contemporary set.


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Swarb on the road, 14 years after that Daily Telegraph obituary

What you see above is some rare old Fairport Convention footage in which Dave Swarbrick sings the song he chose for Salut! Live's 'Song of the Day' series 18 months ago ...


Two early chances arise to sit back and enjoy the superb music of Dave Swarbrick, the outstanding fiddler renowned for his work with Martin Carthy, his many years as a member of Fairport Convention and his ability to survive a collision that is usually fatal, being featured on the obituaries page of The Daily Telegraph.

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