01 : White Cockade
02 : Apple Tree Wassailing Song
03 : Wealthy Squire
04 : Oranges on the Dock
05 : Shepherds are the Cleverest Lads
06 : Bold General Wolf
07 : The Maid on the Shore
08 : Shallow Brown
09 : Some Old Salty
10 : Bright Phoebus
11 : Fine Horseman
12 : Revoiced
13 : I Found A Bird’s Nest
14 : Tea’s Made
15 : The Cold Coast of Iceland
16 : Bye Bye Skipper / Three Day Millionaire
17 : Black Muddy River
18 : Don’t Go In Them Lion’s Cage, Tonight
19 : Earsdon Sword Dance Song
20 : The Good Old Way
21 : Sleep On Beloved
22 : A Bunch Of Thyme
First released in the UK on DVD 13 June 2011 by Beautiful North BNDVD 002
Oliver Knight; Ann Waterson; Rachel Straw; Martin Carthy; Norma Waterson; Mike Waterson; Marry Waterson, Eliza Carthy & Eleanor Waterson: vocals
Martin Carthy & Oliver Knight: guitars
Eliza Carthy: violin
The Waterson Family celebrate 50 years as Britain’s First Family of Folk with a homecoming concert at Hull Truck Theatre
The Waterson Family celebrate a half century at the forefront of English folk music with a special performance of their best-known songs in a live homecoming concert in Hull. Acknowledged as a major influence on the folk revival of the early 1960s and the inspiration for the folk-rock sound which was to follow, the Watersons have since earned countless awards and accolades across the decades for their uniquely distinctive acapella vocal sound. In the Sixties their cult status earned them the title of “The Folk Beatles”. Later they were lauded as the “First Family of Folk”. Fifty years on, Norma and Mike Waterson from the original quartet are joined on stage by Norma’s husband, Martin Carthy, their daughter Eliza, Mike’s wife Ann and their daughters, Rachel and Eleanor, and Lal’s son and daughter, Oliver Knight and Marry Waterson. Their performance at Hull Truck Theatre has already been described by Radio 2 folk presenter Mike Harding as: “The folk event of the decade.” This unique DVD features the entire two-hour concert, plus exclusive interviews with Norma, Mike, Martin and Eliza.
The Watersons have since earned countless awards and accolades across the decades for their uniquely distinctive acapella vocal sound. In the Sixties their cult status earned them the title of “The Folk Beatles”. Later they were lauded as the “First Family of Folk”. Fifty years on, Norma and Mike Waterson from the original quartet are joined on stage by Norma’s husband, Martin Carthy, their daughter Eliza, Mike’s wife Ann and their daughters, Rachel and Eleanor, and Lal’s son and daughter, Oliver Knight and Marry Waterson.
Hull Truck Theatre Press Release for the original concert:
***PRESS RELEASE*** February 22 2010
First family of folk to stage exclusive homecoming gig at Truck
Hull Truck Theatre will play host to one of the biggest events in the folk music calendar this year with a homecoming gig by Hull’s very own Waterson Family. The event on August 15 offers a rare opportunity to see no less than nine of the famous family on stage together. It is also the first time in 25 years that the Watersons have performed in their home city. It is just one of the top class events that make up Hull Truck’s new folk, roots and acoustic season.
Concert promoter Geoff Sargieson said: “The highlight of the new folk, roots and acoustic season at Hull Truck is undoubtedly the appearance by the Waterson Family. Great folk music is concerned with history, tradition and change, and this event should prove an emotional reminder of the continuing story of one of England’s most adventurous musical families. Without doubt the Waterson Family at Hull Truck on August 15, Norma’s 70th birthday incidentally, will be a significant event for folk music – and for Hull.”
The original Watersons were siblings Norma, Mike and Lal Waterson, with their second cousin John Harrison, all from Hull, who started out as the Mariners in the early 1960s singing unaccompanied traditional songs. In 1961 they launched one of the country’s first folk clubs, Folk Union One, in Hull’s Old Blue Bell, and changed their name to the Folksons. Not long afterwards they reverted to their family name as the Watersons and their early recordings and live performances are now acknowledged as having played a significant role in the revival of British folk music in the sixties.
In the seventies, following the departure of John Harrison, they were joined by Martin Carthy, then, and arguably now, the country’s leading traditional singer, who cemented the relationship by marrying Norma. Today, with their 50th anniversary approaching, the Watersons remain Britain’s first family of folk, appearing not only under that name, but also as Waterson/Carthy, with the addition of Norma and Martin’s daughter Eliza. For their ‘homecoming’ concert at Hull Truck, they will be making a rare appearance as the Waterson Family, with nine Watersons on stage: two of the original quartet surrounded by their relatives. The line-up will comprise Norma, Martin and their equally celebrated daughter Eliza; Norma’s brother Mike, his wife Ann, and their daughters Eleanor and Rachel; plus Oliver and Maria, son and daughter of Lal, who died in 1998.
The new folk season kicks off on March 21 with Aly Bain, acclaimed as Scotland’s finest fiddle player, and Phil Cunningham, who has earned a similar reputation for his virtuoso accordion playing. Aly was a founder member of the legendary Boys of the Lough and, as well as his many solo albums, he has played on recordings by Hue and Cry, Eddi Reader, Richard Thompson and Fish. Phil was the powerhouse behind Scottish bands Silly Wizard and Relativity and has collaborated with such performers as Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Rosanne Cash and Midge Ure. He recently accompanied Mark Knopfler on his latest album. Aly and Phil formed their musical partnership more than 20 years ago and have recorded and toured together tirelessly since then, mainly in Scotland but also in Europe and the US.
The Coal Porters, a dynamic bluegrass combo who have been described as one of the best live bands in the UK, will appear in the Studio Theatre on April 25. Formed a decade ago in Los Angeles by ex-Long Ryder and Dylan historian Sid Griffin, the Coal Porters’ repertoire ranges from their own original material to an exploration of the music of the Byrds, the Burritos and, unsurprisingly, Bob Dylan. Acknowledged as a fine songwriter, Sid Griffin’s songs have been covered by artists including Billy Bragg.
Pre-show music in the foyer bar has been a welcome feature of folk events at Hull Truck in recent months and now the idea is to be extended with an innovative preview of the Beverley Folk Festival. The preview will be held at Hull Truck on June 13 – a week before the launch of the three-day event in Beverley. Among those taking part are singer/songwriter Edwina Hayes whose credits include opening shows for Nanci Griffiths, Van Morrison and Jules Holland, with Nanci Griffiths so impressed by her songwriting that she has recorded a cover version of the title track from Edwina’s latest album, Pour Me a Drink. Also appearing as part of the Beverley Festival Preview is poet, comedian, singer and songwriter Rory Motion, veteran of no less than 18 appearances at the Glastonbury Festival.
To book tickets, call the box office on 01482 323638 or visit http://www.hulltruck.co.uk
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All folk, roots and acoustic shows are on Sundays and start at 7.30pm.
Tickets for Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham cost £16 / £14 concs. Tickets for The Coal Porters cost £14 / £12. Tickets for the Beverley Folk Festival Preview cost £7 / £5 concs. Tickets for The Waterson Family cost £18.50 / £17 concs.