Jewel in the Crown (album)

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Jewel In The Crown
Studio album by Fairport Convention
Released January 9, 1995
Recorded October 4 - November 1, 1994 at Woodworm Studios, Oxfordshire
Genre Rock
Length 40:33
Label Woodworm Records
Producer Fairport Convention/Mark Tucker/Gus Dudgeon
Fairport Convention chronology
The Five Seasons
Jewel in the Crown
Old New Borrowed Blue
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Jewel In The Crown is a 1995 folk-rock album by Fairport Convention which is viewed by many as the best record produced by the line up which had been formed in 1985 for the one off project, Gladys' Leap. While few of the tracks were self-penned, it featured tracks from many of the band's favourite writers including Huw Williams, Ralph McTell and Julie Matthews.


An album that had been recorded in two stages. Initially a few tracks had been partially recorded with recording engineer Tim Matyear. Tim's departure from Dave Pegg's Woodworm Studio led to producer-engineer Mark Tucker being hired to continue with recording the remaining material. At a very late stage in the production legendary producer Gus Dudgeon made a contribution to the album's production with Tucker and he completed some edits and final mixing. Overall it's generally considered one of the most satisfying of Fairport's releases, post-Nine. It was also the last studio album recorded by the Nicol, Pegg, Mattacks, Allcock and Sanders line-up.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Jewel in the Crown" (Julie Matthews) – 3:32
  2. "Slip Jigs and Reels" (Steve Tilston) – 4:52
  3. "A Surfeit of Lampreys" (Maartin Allcock) – 3;19
  4. "Kind Fortune" (Traditional, arranged by Fairport Convention) – 2:37
  5. "Diamonds and Gold" (Ben Bennion/Maartin Allcock) – 4:14
  6. "The Naked Highwayman" (Steve Tilston) – 4:32
  7. "The Islands" (Ralph McTell/Maartin Allcock) – 4:33
  8. "The Youngest Daughter" (Traditional, arranged by Maartin Allcock) – 2:06
  9. "London Danny" (Jez Lowe) – 3:50
  10. "Travelling by Steam" (Huw Williams) – 4:57
  11. "Travel by Steam" (Traditional, arranged by Ric Sanders) – 3:47
  12. "She's Like the Swallow" (Traditional, arranged by Maartin Allcock) – 3:14
  13. "Red Tide" (Rob Beattie) – 4:36
  14. "Home Is Where the Heart Is" (Clive Gregson) – 4:41
  15. "Closing Time" (Leonard Cohen) – 5:40


  • Produced by Fairport Convention at the band's Woodworm Studios
  • Mixed & engineered by Mark Tucker and Fairport, with contributions from Gus Dudgeon.
  • Jewel In The Crown, Diamonds And Gold, The Naked Highwayman, The Islands, Red Tide, and Closing Time mixed by Gus Dudgeon and Mark Tucker


  • Simon Nicol - lead vocal, acoustic and 12-string guitars
  • Maartin Allcock - electric and acoustic guitar, keys, bouzar, bodhran, accordion, triangle, backing vocals
  • Ric Sanders - violins
  • Dave Pegg - bass guitar, acoustic bass, electric guitar, mandolin, backing vocals
  • Dave Mattacks - drums, percussion


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Jewel in the Crown (album) at AllMusic