This live album opens with “Bridge Over The River Ash,” a song that was included on the 1971 release Angel Delight. The fiddle leads off the tune. I also really like the bass part to this song. The track ends strangely with some vocals (but no real lyrics). The band then goes into “The Journeyman’s Grace” (which they introduce as “Journeyman”), the CD’s only original composition, written by Dave Swarbrick and Richard Thompson. This song was also from Angel Delight, and it’s a seriously cool tune. “Oh please, journeyman, help me on my way/Oh please, help me please, I won't be afraid.” It becomes a great jam. This track is a highlight, sure, but the CD is really just getting started.
“Mason’s Apron” is an instrumental tune played at a frantic pace, with the urgency of someone with very little time left. You’ll want to dance to it, but your feet may not be able to keep up. Mine couldn’t, not even after I fed them amphetamine and set them on fire. Let me know how you do with it. There is even a brief drum solo near the end. Ooo-weee! That’s followed by “Sir Patrick Spens,” a song that the band included on the 1970 record Full House. They then do a wild rendition of “Matty Groves,” a song that’s been covered by a lot of artists over the years. It was included on the band’s 1969 record Liege & Lief. Fairport Convention just goes nuts in the instrumental section; it must really have been something to have attended this concert. They keep up the energy with “Sir B. McKenzie’s Daughter’s Lament,” a great medley that is mostly instrumental, but then has a strange acappella section. Things then wrap up with “Sir William Gower,” a song from Angel Delight.
CD Track List
- Bridge Over The River Ash
- The Journeyman’s Grace
- Mason’s Apron
- Sir Patrick Spens
- Matty Groves
- Sir B. McKenzie’s Daughter’s Lament
- Sir William Gower
Live In Finland 1971 was released on June 3, 2016 through Real Gone Music.