After the crash, Fairport got together for a meeting and decided they would carry
on. It was, at this point that Dave Swarbrick joined as a full member of the band, on fiddle and they also auditioned
for a new drummer, this turned out to be Dave Mattacks, who also, as it turned out, played piano as well. Fairport had, in
Ashley Hutchings' words, "opened a whole new can of worms with A Sailor's Life and we decided there and then to go wholeheartedly
in that folk rock direction. So that was quite an auspicious meeting". Fairport moved down into an old Queen Anne house in a
viilage named Farley Chamberlayne, near Winchester and began work on Liege and Lief
Sandy Denny, vocals
Dave Mattacks, drums
Ashley Hutchings, bass guitar
Simon Nicol, guitars
Dave Swarbrick, violin and viola
Richard Thompson, guitars.
Recorded at Sound Techniques Studio,
October 16 - November 2, 1969
Engineer: John Wood,
Sound Techniques Ltd.
Producer: Joe Boyd,
Witchseason Productions Ltd.
with special thanks to the
English Folk Dance & Song Society at
Cecil Sharp House
Crazy Man Michael
Within the fire and out upon the sea,
Crazy Man Michael was walking.
He met with
a raven with eyes black as coals,
And shortly they were a-talking
“Your future, your future, I would tell to you.
Your future, you often have asked
Your true love will die by your own right hand.
And Crazy Man Michael will cursed be.”
Michael he ranted and Michael he raved,
And beat at the four winds with his fists-o.
laughed and he cried, he shouted and he swore,
For his mad mind had trapped him with a kiss-o.
“You speak with an evil, you speak with a hate,
You speak for the devil that
For is she not the fairest in all the broad land,
Your sorcerer's words are to taunt me.”
He took out his dagger of fire and of steel,
And struck down the raven through the
The bird fluttered long and the sky it did spin,
And the cold earth did wonder and start-o.
“Oh, where is the raven that I struck down dead,
That here did lie on the ground-o?
see but my true love with a wound so red,
Where her lover's heart it did pound-o.”
Crazy Man Michael, he wanders and walks,
And talks to the night and the day-o.
his eyes they are sane and his speech it is clear
And he longs to be far away-o.
Michael he whistles the simplest of tunes,
And asks of the wild wolves their pardon.
his true love is flown into every flower grown,
And he must be keeper of the garden.
|Island ILPS 9115 (LP, UK, December 1969)
Come All Ye 4:55
Matty Groves 8:08
Farewell, Farewell 2:38.
The Deserter 4:10
*The Lark in the Morning;
*Toss the Feathers 4:00
Crazy Man Michael 4:35.
All tracks Trad. arr. Fairport
except Track 1 Sandy Denny / Ashley Hutchings
Track 4 Richard Thompson
Track 8 Richard Thompson /
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Liege and Lief lineup
and the quote from Ashley Hutchings
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