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Fri 11th Oct at 7:30pm
Bright Phoebus Revisited
@ Barbican Centre, London
Featuring: Eliza Carthy, Martin Carthy, Jarvis Cocker, Richard Hawley, Marry Waterson & Oliver Knight, Norma Waterson, John Smith, Kami Thompson, Kate St John, Neill MacColl, Rory MacFarlane, Martyn Baker
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Bright Phoebus Revisited: Eliza Carthy + Martin Carthy + Jarvis Cocker + Richard Hawley + Marry Waterson & Oliver Knight + Norma Waterson + John Smith + Kami Thompson + Kate St John + Neill MacColl + Rory MacFarlane + Martyn Baker
Written by the late Lal and Mike Waterson, two folk luminaries and members of the legendary Waterson family, Bright Phoebus was released in 1972 on the Trailer label. It also featured contributions by Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson and Maddy Prior, as well as a host of other friends and relations.
This magical collection of very English song writing is the only album of Lal and Mike's to feature original rather than traditional songs. Bright Phoebus mixes poetic ballads of life, death, love and longing with a surreal world view and humour, with a Sgt Pepper and Bonzo Dog pop-sensibility. It has long been acknowledged as one of the finest achievements of the British folk revival, despite the fact that it has been out of print for many years.
In October 2013, Bright Phoebus Revisited will draw together the remaining members of the Waterson family plus very special guests, in a unique celebration of the life and work of Lal and Mike through their music. The album will be performed live for the very first time along with previously unheard and unreleased songs.
The daughter of Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson - and the new star of British folk - playing traditional English folk music at its best. Eliza breathes new life into England's traditional folk music with her witty and energetic repertoire. Eliza's band are: Eliza (fiddle, guitar, accordion, voice), Willy Molleson (drums), Emma Smith (double dass), Phil Alexander ( piano, accordion) and Bethany Porter (cello).
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Former member of Steeleye Span, The Albion Band and folk super group Band Of Hope, Martin Carthy was awarded the MBE in 1998 for services to folk music. Further credits include nurturing Bob Dylan, and giving his arrangement of 'Scarborough Fair' to Paul Simon. He's a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife Norma Waterson and daughter Eliza Carthy has resulted in more than 40 albums.
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Jarvis Cocker was at the heart of the 90s Britpop scene as frontman of Pulp, who released four albums during the decade, most notably 'His 'n' Hers' and 'Different Classes'. One of the 'common people', Jarvis' wry observations on sex, drugs and love and the famous stage invasion during Michael Jackson's performance at the 1996 Brit Awards has safely assured his place in pop's hall of fame. Beyond Pulp, he has directed music videos for Aphex Twin and Nightmares On Wax, and performed under the name Darren Spooner. After several collaborative efforts with other artists, 2006 saw him returning as a solo performer, releasing two albums for the Rough Trade label. He has since gone on to be a 6Music DJ and reformed Pulp for some occasional shows.
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A guitarist's guitarist who has played with the likes of Pulp, Longpigs and Robbie Williams, now out on his own with a repertoire of original songs melding classic Americana with true grit Northern Britain.
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Marry Waterson and Oliver Knight are brother and sister who have grown up immersed in traditional song. Waterson's rich, striking vocals and Knight's talents as guitarist,composer and arranger have created a highly original and distinctive style. Knight is also known for his work with his mother, Lal Waterson, on landmark albums 'Once In A Blue Moon' & 'A Bed Of Roses'.
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One of the strongest voices in folk music and the first traditional musician to be nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. One half of Waterson:Carthy with her husband Martin.
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Venue: Barbican Centre
Phone: 0207 638 8891
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