Rosie (album)

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Studio album by
Released February 1973
Recorded July‚ÄďAugust 1972
Studio Sound Techniques, London (except tracks 3 and 5: 1971)
Genre Folk rock
Label Island
Producer Trevor Lucas
Fairport Convention chronology
Babbacombe Lee
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Rosie is the eighth studio album by folk-rock outfit Fairport Convention, released in 1973.

The album was the first to feature Australian singer-songwriter-guitarist Trevor Lucas and American lead guitarist Jerry Donahue. Both had previously played with ex-Fairport Sandy Denny, to whom Lucas was married, in the short-lived Fotheringay. Here they had effectively replaced Simon Nicol who had quit Fairport to join another ex-member Ashley Hutchings in The Albion Band, thus leaving the band with no founding members until he rejoined in 1976.

Drummer Dave Mattacks also joined the Albion Band for a while but rejoined during the making of Rosie. He only plays on four of the ten tracks; on others, drums are handled alternately by Tim Donald and Gerry Conway. Like Donahue and Lucas, Conway was also ex-Fotheringay, and would himself join Fairport in 1998; he remains with them to this day.

Track listing

Side one

  1. "Rosie" (Dave Swarbrick)
  2. "Matthew, Mark, Luke & John" (Dave Pegg, Dave Swarbrick)
  3. "Knights of the Road" (Trevor Lucas, Peter Roche)
  4. "Peggy's Pub" (Dave Pegg)
  5. "The Plainsman" (words: Peter Roche/music: Traditional, arranged by Trevor Lucas)

Side two

  1. "Hungarian Rhapsody" (Dave Pegg)
  2. "My Girl" (Dave Swarbrick)
  3. "Me With You" (Dave Swarbrick)
  4. "The Hen's March Through the Midden" (Traditional, arranged by Fairport Convention)
  5. "Furs and Feathers" (Dave Swarbrick)

A 2004 Island issue, in addition to the previous tracks, featured also the following bonus tracks recorded live on 23 April 1973 at The Howff in London:

  1. "Matthew, Mark, Luke & John" (Dave Pegg, Dave Swarbrick)
  2. "The Hens March Through the Midden & the Four Poster Bed" (Traditional, arranged by Fairport Convention)
  3. "Rosie" (remix)
  4. "The Claw" (Jerry Reed)
  5. "Furs and Feathers" (Dave Swarbrick)


Fairport Convention

Additional personnel

  • Richard Thompson: electric and 12-string guitars ("Rosie")
  • Sandy Denny: backing vocals ("Rosie")
  • Linda Peters: backing vocals ("Rosie")
  • Gerry Conway: drums ("Rosie", "Knights of the Road", "The Plainsman")
  • Tim Donald: drums ("Matthew, Mark, Luke & John", "Hungarian Rhapsody", "My Girl") (born Timothy Donald, 29 September 1946, Bristol, Somerset)
  • Ralph McTell: acoustic guitar ("Me With You")


  1. ^ Eder, Bruce (2011). "Rosie - Fairport Convention | AllMusic". Retrieved 28 July 2011.
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