Folkstock Arts Foundation patron named

PUBLISHED: 17:07 23 June 2013 | UPDATED: 17:11 23 June 2013




ONE of the driving forces behind folk legends Fairport Convention has been named as patron of the newly-created Folkstock Arts Foundation in Hertfordshire.

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Producer and world renowned fiddle virtuoso Dave Swarbrick has been confirmed as patron of the Hertfordshire-based community interest company specifically set up to aid folk, acoustic and roots musicians.

Swarbrick, or Swarb as he is affectionately known, has been credited with the heralding of the ‘second folk revival’ in 1968 when he started playing with Fairport Convention.

His fiddle playing is regarded as being largely responsible for the then new sound and direction of Fairport Convention and he has been described by former bandmate Ashley Hutchings as “the most influential [British] fiddle player bar none”.

His style has been copied or developed by almost every British, and many world, folk violin players that have followed him.

The family-friendly Folkstock Festival, organised by the foundation, is due to be held at Aldenham Country Park, near Elstree, on Saturday, September 21.

Unfortunately, Swarbrick is unable to attend Folkstock’s flagship event this year due to prior commitments, but there are some exciting plans being drawn up which involve Dave and Folkstock Arts Foundation musicians next year.

Folkstock Arts Foundation director Helen Meissner feels Swarb is the perfect role model for its musicians’ collective.

Swarbrick said: “When Helen Meissner approached me to be patron, I was struck by the energy and commitment she was freely offering to musicians in the genres which are dear to my heart.

“As the hands of time march on, I am increasingly aware of the new blood coming into folk, roots and acoustic music and am very keen to support, in some small way, the activities which are planned for musicians involved with Folkstock Arts Foundation.

“It seems very organised and well thought through and I am excited to encourage the current resurgence of interest in all aspects of folk music.

“There is a raft of younger musicians coming forward, for which the Foundation is providing much-needed support; providing the tools to help them market themselves more effectively and gain a greater audience.

“This is what most independent musicians need and the range of good gig opportunities, festivals, master classes and mentoring which the foundation provides are as vital as they are enjoyable.”

For more information on the Folkstock Arts Foundation, visit and the festival on

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