Old New Borrowed Blue

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Old New Borrowed Blue
Studio album by Fairport Convention
Released May 1996
Recorded September & October 1995 at Woodworm Studios, Barford St. Michael and The Mill Theatre, Banbury, Oxfordshire, 30 December 1995.
Genre Folk rock
Length 70:40
Label Woodworm
Producer Fairport Convention
Fairport Convention chronology
Jewel in the Crown
Old New Borrowed Blue
Who Knows Where the Time Goes?
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Old New Borrowed Blue is the 19th studio album by folk rock band Fairport Convention, although for this release, they were billed as "Fairport Acoustic Convention" as it was the band's first all-acoustic album in 29 years.[2] Part studio, part live, it was recorded to publicise a tour of the United States and consisted of cover versions, new songs and classic tracks dating back to the band's early career.[2] Dave Mattacks, who had provided drums and electronic instrumentation for previous albums, was absent.

Allmusic praised the album, saying "The playing is exquisite and the vocalizing by Simon Nicol and Dave Pegg is extraordinary".[2]

Track listing

Studio tracks
  1. "Woodworm Swing" (Ric Sanders) - 3:08
  2. "Men" (Loudon Wainwright III) - 3:45
  3. "Aunt Sally Shuffle" (Dave Pegg) - 1:22
  4. "There Once Was Love" (Paul Metsers) / Innstück (Maartin Allcock) - 4:45
  5. "Frozen Man" (James Taylor) - 4:20
  6. "Mr Sands Is in the Building" (Maartin Allcock) - 2:06
  7. "Lalla Rookh" (Words: Chris Leslie; Music: Maartin Allcock) - 4:27
Live tracks
  1. "Foolish You" (Wade Hemsworth) - 3:34
  2. "Crazy Man Michael" (RichardThompson, Dave Swarbrick) - 5:09
  3. "The Widow of Westmorland's Daughter" (Traditional; arrangement by Fairport Convention) - 4:05
  4. "Genesis Hall" (Richard Thompson) - 4:13
  5. "The Deserter" (John Richards) - 5:43
  6. "The Swimming Song" (Loudon Wainwright III) - 3:24
  7. "Struck It Right" (Huw Williams) - 4:26
  8. "The Hiring Fair" (Ralph McTell, Dave Mattacks) - 6:07
  9. "Matty Groves"/"Dirty Linen" (Traditional; arranged by Fairport Convention) - 10:06


Additional personnel Mark Tucker - recording engineer (live) and CD mix. Mat Davies - recording engineer (studio)

Release history

  • 1996, May : Woodworm Records WRCD 024, UK & Australia LP
  • 1996, June : Green Linnet 3114, US CD
  • 1999, August : SSE Communications SSE-7301, Japan CD
  • 2007 : Talking Elephant 110, US CD


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b c "allmusic ((( Old-New-Borrowed-Blue > Overview )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-11-25.

External links

  • "Fairport Convention Fansite " Expletive-Delighted!" - Discography Fairport " Acoustic" Convention OLD NEW BORROWED BLUE". Ian & Stephanie Rennie. Archived from the original on December 28, 2004. Retrieved 2009-11-25.
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