Rosie (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1973
RecordedJuly–August 1972
StudioSound Techniques, London (except tracks 3 and 5: 1971)
GenreFolk rock
ProducerTrevor Lucas
Fairport Convention chronology
"Babbacombe" Lee
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 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[edit]

Side one[edit]

  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[edit]

  1. "Hungarian Rhapsody" (Dave Pegg)
  2. "My Girl" (Dave Swarbrick)
  3. "Me with You" (Dave Swarbrick)
  4. "The Hens March Through the Midden & The Four Poster Bed" (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[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • 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.