Bright Phoebus Revisited

Eliza Carthy, Richard Hawley, Marry Waterson, Martin Carthy, Norma Waterson, Oliver Knight and others celebrate the life and work of Lal and Mike Waterson. Hear songs from Bright Phoebus, their great ‘lost’ album that was released in 1972, performed live for the first time alongside previously unreleased work by the Watersons. The concert is directed by composer and multi-instrumentalist Kate St John.

This is the story of a great ‘lost’ classic album. Written by the late Lal and Mike Waterson, two folk luminaries and members of the legendary Waterson family, Bright Phoebus was released in 1972 and featured contributions by Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson and Maddy Prior.

A magical collection of very English song writing, Bright Phoebus is the only album of Lal and Mike’s to feature original rather than traditional songs. It mixes poetic ballads of life, death, love and longing with a humorous and surreal world view, at times evoking 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.

Bright Phoebus Revisited draws 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. Songs from the album will be performed live for the very first time along with previously unheard and unreleased songs by Lal & Mike. Guests include Brit award-winning singer/songwriter, Richard Hawley, up and coming steel-string guitarist and singer, John Smith and Kami Thompson, daughter of renowned musicians, Richard and Linda and brother to Teddy.

The concert will be directed by Kate St John, a composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with everyone from Lou Reed to Philip Glass and collaborated extensively on concert tributes with New York producer, Hal Wilner (‘Came So Far For Beauty’ – Leonard Cohen and ‘Rogue’s Gallery’ – Johnny Depp) as well as Damon Albarn’s opera, ‘Monkey’. Kate is also a member of Marianne Faithfull’s band.

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