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What Became of Swordedge and Sue Fenwick

GUEST,John Scovill 03 Mar 13 - 06:26 PM
GUEST,999 03 Mar 13 - 07:52 PM
GUEST,John Scovill 03 Mar 13 - 09:42 PM
GUEST,Sue Fenwick 04 Jun 13 - 05:37 PM
GUEST 15 Nov 13 - 04:41 PM
GUEST,dave arminas 19 Dec 13 - 05:51 AM
GUEST,Terry O'Farrell 01 Mar 18 - 09:10 AM
Dave Sutherland 01 Mar 18 - 11:36 AM
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Subject: What Became of Swordedge and Sue Fenwick
From: GUEST,John Scovill
Date: 03 Mar 13 - 06:26 PM

Swordedge evidently dated from the early '80's. The band was comprised of Sue Fenwick (bowed psaltry and vocals), Dave Smith (guitar( and John Davies (guitar, flute, and vocals). They did an especially evocative performance of Rosemary Lane.


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Subject: RE: What Became of Swordedge and Sue Fenwick
From: GUEST,999
Date: 03 Mar 13 - 07:52 PM

Indeed they did. Why do you ask?


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Subject: RE: What Became of Swordedge and Sue Fenwick
From: GUEST,John Scovill
Date: 03 Mar 13 - 09:42 PM

Great first effort and then they disappeared? Where are they now?


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Subject: RE: What Became of Swordedge and Sue Fenwick
From: GUEST,Sue Fenwick
Date: 04 Jun 13 - 05:37 PM

I'm here! It's nice to know that someone still remembers the band. We only ever made the one album as shortly after that I moved to Scotland and John Davies moved to London so it just wasn't practical to continue.

I've continued to sing although under different names and recorded two albums with The Hudson Swan Band (as Sue Swan) and more recently a nice little CD with a group called Pennyroyal (as Sue Dixon). Sadly, the latter band is also now defunct due to the ill health of one of the members.

Oddly, after losing touch for many years I moved to the Midlands and found I was living in the same street as John Davies. He also still playing with various bands and is as good as ever.

John also told me that the Swordedge album has become a collectors item and mint copies sell for around £600. Guess that's my claim to fame then!

Thanks for asking.


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Subject: RE: What Became of Swordedge and Sue Fenwick
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Nov 13 - 04:41 PM

Hi Sue,
I am happy to hear that you are still performing. When I heard your performance of Rosemary Lane I though here is an English woman with a voice to match Maddy Prior or Sandy Denny.

Kindest regards and thanks for your reply.


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Subject: RE: What Became of Swordedge and Sue Fenwick
From: GUEST,dave arminas
Date: 19 Dec 13 - 05:51 AM

That Swordedge album just gets better... and better.... and better....


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Subject: RE: What Became of Swordedge and Sue Fenwick
From: GUEST,Terry O'Farrell
Date: 01 Mar 18 - 09:10 AM

I saw Swordedge at either or both of the South Tyne Folk and Blues Club and the Marsden Inn Folk Club. Just picked up this thread as I was curious as to what happened to Swordedge. Guess what, I have the album.


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Subject: RE: What Became of Swordedge and Sue Fenwick
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 01 Mar 18 - 11:36 AM

Swordedge would certainly have played as a band at STF&B as Dave Smith was a long time resident prior to the group's formation. Dave did ask me to do some publicity or similar for the band around summer 1978 but it was just as I was moving to Nottingham and sadly had to decline. I re-connected with Dave around 1995 when he was agent for quite a prestigious collection of artists including June Tabor, Rory McLeod, the late Issac Guillory, Aly Bain and Johnny Dickinson. I agree that they were a band of huge potential and Sue was a fine singer.


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