AN ALL-STAR production to commemorate a late, great musician will be performed in Maldon this week.

MacTheatre are bringing “SWARB! It Suits Him Well” to Maldon Town Hall tonight in honour of Dave Swarbrick.

The musician, a well-known British folk artist who died in June 2016, was once described as “the most influential British fiddle player” in the world.

Joining together to pay tribute to Swarb’s matchless career will be his dear pals.

These will include folk legends Martin Carthy and John Kirkpatrick, alongside the Reggae artist Jason Wilson and his band.

Also performing will be fiddling protégé and Dave Swarbrick’s nephew, Simon Swarbrick.

The evening will cover his immense catalogue from his folk traditions with Beryl Marriott to the BBC Radio ballads performed with Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger, and A.L Lloyd.

Also his work with the Ian Campbell Folk Group, the golden years of Fairport Convention plus the material he produced from his blazing “red” collaborations with the late singer/Songwriter Alister Hulett.

Maldon resident David Hughes, who has blazed a folk trail in his own right, will be opening the show with his normal congenial warmth and witty style.

Special guest for the evening will be the American saxophonist, composer and arranger Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis. Pee Wee Ellis was an important member of soul legend James Brown’s band in the Sixties, appearing on Brown’s most notable recordings and co-writing a number of his hits.

He has also worked closely with Van Morrison.

A spokesman for MacTheatre says: “As well as a friend, he was part of the two albums Wilson & Swarbrick have produced and so it is a great privilege to hear him play in Maldon.”

Tickets for the event cost £18 each, with the show taking place at the Town hall on Market Hill tonight, February 2 at 8pm. To book tickets from Maldon Tourist Information Centre call 01621 856503 or go online at