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Rags, Reels & Airs

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Rags, Reels & Airs
Rags, Reels & Airs


Originally released in 1967, this album was immediately recognised as being a recording landmark revered by generations of instrumentalists. It went out of print soon after its release only becoming available again in 1999 when Topic Records released a restored and remastered CD version to great critical praise and substantial sales. The album was produced by the legendary American Joe Boyd. Swarbrick came to prominence on the folk scene as a young instrumental virtuoso in the Ian Campbell Folk Group. By 1967 Dave had already left them and had teamed up with Martin Carthy as a duo. In this all-instrumental album the focus was on Dave and it really gave him a chance to stretch out and demonstrate his remarkable instrumental prowess, The result was a new era of English instrumental folk and a new approach to folk music altogether. As Joe Boyd says in the original liner notes, reproduced in the CD booklet, "Dave Swarbrick is doing perhaps the finest job of reconciling traditional instrumental styles with modern ideas and technique." This is still true almost 40 years later.


  1. Name
  2. Spanish Ladies Medley
  3. Hens March To The Middens
  4. Bottom Of The Punchbowl; The Swallow Tail; Marquis Of Tullybardine
  5. Barley Brallaghan; The New Widow Well Married; Paddy Be Aisy
  6. Dill Pickles Rag
  7. Gurtys Frolics
  8. The Blackbird
  9. The Cuckoos Nest
  10. Lietrum Fancy Melody
  11. Porcupine Rag
  12. Villafjord
  13. Fourposter Bed
  14. Staten Island; Jimmy Allen
  15. The Salamanca Medley
  16. The Teetotallers Medley
  17. Lord Mayo
  18. The Kid On The Mountain
  19. Jolly Tinker; Rags & Tatters
  20. Father Kelly; Skopje; Sligo Maid
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