The parade of musicians onto the Barbican stage has Norma Waterson at its centre, and there's a chair centre-stage for her, set between daughter Eliza and niece Marry, and spread either side stand musical friends and family – Martin Carthy, Olly Knight and Neill MacColl on guitars, multi-instrumentalist Kate St John, brilliant husky-voiced young singer John Smith duetting with an assured Kami Thompson, and committed turns from Richard Hawley and Jarvis Cocker, stick-thin enough to really do "The Scarecrow", one of many strange and wonderful works to trip from the mind of Lal Waterson.
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Sunday 14 October 2012
A man of no little importance
Saturday 13 October 2012
Senior Labour backbencher Sir Stuart Bell died this morning after a short battle with pancreatic cancer, his family said.
Friday 18 May 2012
More than £1 million has been confiscated from four skippers involved in landing undeclared fish in a scam described as an "episode of shame" for the industry.
Sunday 08 January 2012
Football cries out for inspirational leaders as players and managers alike combine to set a poor example
Saturday 29 October 2011
The foundations of formality are shifting.
Tuesday 16 August 2011
Virgin Media has sold off its stake in UKTV, whose channels include Watch, Gold and Dave, following more than a year of speculation. The move marks the end of almost 15 years of the company owning television content.
Monday 15 August 2011
Telecoms giant Virgin Media has sold its stake in UKTV - home of channels including Dave, Gold and Yesterday - to a US broadcaster for £339 million.
Friday 22 April 2011
When I was taught history we were told by our headmaster, no less, not to waste time on what he called "the what ifs of history". He reckoned that it was no good asking what would have happened if Anne Boleyn had agreed to sleep with Henry VIII out of wedlock, or if the plot to kill Hitler had succeeded, because no one knows and it is all idle speculation.
Tuesday 19 April 2011
John Reid, the former cabinet minister, came under fire from Labour colleagues after sharing a platform with David Cameron to call for a No vote in next month's referendum on the voting system.
Saturday 09 April 2011
Paul Nicholls has been wondering where he might find a horse to tackle Long Run, now that the new champion has deposed his stalwarts, Kauto Star and Denman.
Wednesday 23 March 2011
An intriguing contender with a superb Aintree record was confirmed in the mix yesterday for next month's Grand National, though his tilt at the John Smith's-sponsored prize could hardly be termed no-nonsense. Five days ago Tidal Bay finished sixth in the Gold Cup, albeit 23 lengths behind the winner Long Run. As is his style, he was almost tailed off early but once he had condescended to put his racing head on, nothing stayed on up the finishing hill more strongly.
Saturday 25 September 2010
Gordon Brown today promised his "full, unequivocal and tireless support" to his successor as Labour leader.
Saturday 11 September 2010
A teenager tearfully admitted causing the death of a 10-year-old boy in a hit-and-run accident when he appeared at York Crown Court yesterday
Friday 10 September 2010
A teenager fought back tears in a courtroom today as he admitted causing the death of a 10-year-old boy in a hit-and-run.
Saturday 04 September 2010
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
- 2 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness – including don’t try to convert other people
- 4 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire