Gigs rarely start out with such emotive charge, but that is precisely what this mother-and-daughter combo achieve on their opening number "Dreaming". The elder Norma Waterson imbues the wistful, strikingly simple lyric with her resonant, worldly-wise delivery, though there is an added poignancy to lines such as “living is just too hard to do.”
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Sunday 21 October 2012
An Island debut for Rusby's comely take on English folk.
Saturday 20 October 2012
A celebration of her two decades as a singer, 20 contains that many tracks culled from all corners of her career, performed as duets with esteemed friends and peers.
Thursday 01 March 2012
Brooking insists Fabio's replacement may be 'parachuted in' on eve of tournament
Friday 10 February 2012
Wednesday 08 February 2012
A South African man who claims to be a famous Zulu folk singer returned from the dead after being held captive by zombies for the past two years has been detained on suspicion of fraud.
Sunday 08 January 2012
The better half of a poet's life
Rufus Wainwright and Loudon Wainwright III, Royal Opera House, London<br/>John Grant, 100 Club, London
Sunday 24 July 2011
The best of families fall out, but they don't all get a chance to iron out their differences in front of an audience paying hundreds to see the reconciliation
Friday 08 April 2011
The first Union Station album since 2004 is, as usual, something to treasure.
Sunday 23 January 2011
Friday 21 January 2011
Striding onstage in his trademark Wolfie Smith black beret, jeans and shirt, Richard Thompson grins sheepishly at the applause, hefts his powder-blue Stratocaster and makes a few self-deprecating noises about being here at the Festival Hall yet again. It's now almost a second home for Tommo, who curated last year's Meltdown Festival here – and if the place ever needed a house band, they could do far worse than Thompson's current unit, whose members seem able to turn their hands to just about any style, in any metre required.
Friday 07 January 2011
Mario Pacheco was not a musician, but as a record producer and entrepreneur he was one of the most influential figures within the world of flamenco music in the last 30 years.
Saturday 13 November 2010
Friday 03 September 2010
The Grade I-listed One Mayfair was built in the early 19th century as St Mark's Church, to service the needs of an aristocratic clientele away from their country seats. Restored following its deconsecration in the Seventies, it makes the perfect venue for a secret gig by one of today's rock aristocracy, Robert Plant CBE, up in London from his Worcestershire home to launch his first album with his new group Band of Joy.
Sunday 29 August 2010
Thirteen new songs recorded with full band and great energy at assorted American venues, in all the favoured Ricardian registers, from sardonic (you can imagine what he has to say about bankers, and how he says it) to harshly elegaic to bleakly whimsical (Sidney Wells is a serial killer, you know!).
Friday 27 August 2010
Next weekend, the village green comes to London's brutalist Southbank with a three-day celebration of Morris dancing. At least, the village green would be the preconception most people hold of the widely denigrated folk custom, and one that 5,000 Morris dancers aims to dismiss.
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