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Shining Bright : The Songs of Lal & Mike Waterson

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Bright Phoebus
Artist: John Pashley's Phoenix New Orleans Parade Band
1:52
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Evona Darling
Artist: Linda and Teddy Thompson
3:19
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Scarecrow
Artist: Dick Gaughan
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Never the Same
Artist: Martin Carthy with Dave Swarbrick
3:36
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Song for Thirza
Artist: Norma Waterson
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The Piper's Path
Artist: Christy Moore
2:33
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Child Amongst the Weeds
Artist: Eliza Carthy
4:27
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Shine
Artist: Helen Watson
4:11
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Danny Rose
Artist: Billy Bragg and The Blokes
2:30
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Winnifer Odd
Artist: Maddy Prior
3:35
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The Marvelous Companion
Artist: Christine Collister and Oliver Knight
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One Of Those Days
Artist: Kate Brislin and Jody Strecher
2:31
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Fine Horseman
Artist: Dayteller
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Red Wine Promises
Artist: Richard Thompson
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Bright Phoebus
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 15   Total Length: 53:41

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Christy Moore from the republic might not take kindly to being described as one of Englands finest singers, but otherwise the music is fab.

They Say All Music Guide

In the 1960s, the Watersons carved out a reputation as England’s premiere traditional folk family. It was somewhat of a shock, then, when brother and sister Mike and Lal Waterson recorded Bright Phoebus in 1972. The album departed from strict traditionalism by using all original material and by incorporating folk-rock musicians like Richard Thompson and Martin Carthy. In 2002, 30 years later, a number of England’s finest singers have gathered to pay tribute to the songs that Mike and Lal Waterson wrote during this period. An incredibly eclectic disc, Shining Bright has been assembled from 15 different sessions. Many of the results are stunning. Maddy Prior’s vocals on “Winifer Odd” are bolstered by a bouncy acoustic guitar, an atmospheric bass, and multi-tracked harmony, while Helen Watson and Heather Greenbank’s version of “Shine” receives an equally attractive arrangement. The standout track among many fine tracks is Linda and Teddy Thompson’s take on “Evona Darling.” Teddy Thompson’s vocal is achingly beautiful and melds flawlessly with his mother’s. There’s also an interesting bit of accordion and B-3 organ added to the track courtesy of Van Dyke Parks. Another nicely done piece is Norma Waterson’s (Mike and Lal’s sister) rendition of “Song for Thirza.” Waterson’s voice seems to just keep getting better and better, and her reading of this emotionally bare lyric is stately. Shining Bright finally serves two purposes: first, to remind younger listeners of the talented pair who made Bright Phoebus, and next, to showcase a number of Britain’s best and brightest folksingers. A lovely collection. – Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

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