The next notes are by Jerry Donahue, and kick off like this:
“Wow, what a find! Where has this little gem been hiding all these years? When one hears mention of “Fairport rarities” this particular entry should really be at the top of the list – it truly was the lost line-up! And there was certainly a special energy from all ’round that night!
This concert and the surrounding tour dates were part of a brief moment in Fairport’s history that many followers are unaware of. Just before Christmas of 1974, during a scheduled break in the recording of “Rising For the Moon” LP, we suffered a mighty blow when our friend and fellow member, Dave Mattacks decided to withdraw from the band.”
These words are priceless; savour them if you will. More next time.