Lal Waterson

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Lal Waterson wrote some beautiful, insightful songs, and sang them with a straightforward, forceful voice. She was first heard with her siblings as a member of The Watersons, an important influence in the revival of English folk music in the early '60s. Lal went on to create songs that occupy a unique territory between folk tradition, personal perspective, and adventurous musicality. Host David Garland presents songs from Lal Waterson's albums Bright Phoebus, A Bed of Roses, and Once In a Blue Moon, as well as the recent tribute album, Migrating Bird. Migrating Bird

Comments [7]

David Garland from the WNYC studio

I'm so glad to see a strong response to Lal Waterson's strong music!

Jane Coby: Yes, Lal's given name was Elaine, and I guess she used that name early in her career.

May. 17 2009 08:23 PM
Jane Coby from Corona (Queens) NY

I'd heard of the Watersons and also saw Martin Carthy & Norma Waterson as well as their daughter Eliza perform together a few years back at Satalla (W. 26th St.)in downtown Manhattan. Very enriching repertoire of folk songs. However is Lal's name actually Elaine? For I have a British Folk album- called Troubadours of Folk(Rhino)-that mention an Elaine Waterson of the group in the accompanying booklet. Same? Was that another sister or a sister-in-law? Anyone know?

Regardless Lal as singer had quite a voice and songwriting affinity. Yes, I thought of Marianne Faithfull too. Perhaps they did know of each other. Certainly worth looking into finding her albums! Such good taste to choose to play this kind of work. I think she needs more exposure in this country! Thanks.

May. 17 2009 08:16 PM
Trudi from Bronx. NY

Thank you for this imaginative and haunting music that has so much substance to it. Keep it coming. T.

May. 17 2009 08:11 PM
Evan from Lower East Side

Excellent show tonight. Thanks for introducing me to Lal Waterson. Great songwriter, amazing voice. Hearing it made this evening all the more pleasant.

May. 17 2009 08:02 PM
Dottie Hiebing from Cedar Grove, NJ

What an unusual voice! I am enjoying this program very much. I'll buy one of her albums. Thanks, Dottie

May. 17 2009 07:49 PM
Daniel from Morris County NJ

I've never heard of Lal Waterson, but I'll be darned if I didn't just purchase two of her albums on Amazon. Such a beautiful, distinctive voice.

May. 17 2009 07:30 PM
Madeleine from East Village, NY

I'd never heard of Lal Waterson or The Watersons but she's got an amazing voice, the kind of voice you feel lucky to have heard. She sounds a bit like Marianne Faithful but she's too distinctive to compare to anyone, really.

May. 17 2009 07:17 PM

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