Continuing now with John Tobler’s 1991 notes which adorned the CD insert inside:
“Hutchings, who had contributed “Mr Lacey”, a tribute to an eccentric English humourist, to “Holidays”, became interested in traditional folk music rather than the covers of American songs by the likes of Bob Dylan which had formed much of Fairport’s previous repetoire. The group had experimented with traditional songs to some extent before at Sandy Denny’s behest, but now they began to adapt songs from the British folk tradition, arranging them for use with the mainly electric instruments which they now favoured. However, they did invite Dave Swarbrick, Britain’s best known folk violin player, to join the group after he had played on their first traditional folk album, “Liege And Lief” [sic], which was released in the final moth of the Swinging Sixties, and is regarded by many as the first great British folk/rock album. “Matty Groves”, a typical folk epic, was included on the album, and Fairport would find it difficult to omit the song from their live repetoire from then on.”
As before, far above in this blog you can find much more detail of all this, and without the inaccuracies shown here. All credit to Mr Tobler none the less, and more of his notes next time.