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once in a blue moon: a tribute to lal waterson

Cecil Sharp House

Thursday 25 October

Lal Waterson was one of Britain's most revered folk singers. For the BBC Electric Proms the whole Waterson family (including Norma Waterson, Mike Waterson, Eliza Carthy, Martin Carthy, Marry Gilhooley and Oliver Knight) will gathered together to celebrate her songs. They were joined by special guests including James Yorkston, Alasdair Roberts, Lisa Knapp, Tim Van Eyken and Kathryn Williams.


Sorry we were only able to keep performance videos online for a week after the festival.

on the bbc

Radio 2
  • Radio 2
  • A tribute to Lal Waterson was hosted by Radio 2's Mike Harding show.

set list

  • Some Old Salty
  • Flight Of The Pelican
  • Foolish One/li>
  • The Altisidora
  • So Strange Is Man
  • Migrating Bird
  • Pheobe
  • Cornfield
  • Memories
  • Fine Horse Man
  • Winifer Odd
  • Never The Same
  • At First She Starts
  • Midnight Feast
  • Her White Gown
  • Evona Darling
  • The Bird
  • Wilsons Arms
  • One Of Those Days
  • Scarecrow
  • Red Wine Promises
  • Song For Thersa
  • Once In A Blue Moon
  • Stumbling On

what happened

Minute by minute report, via text message, by the BBC's Clare Hudson and Daniela Armstrong.

  1. 19.36 - Radio 2's Mike Harding takes the stage to introduce the event with a story of when he first met Mike and Lal Waterson.
  2. 19.38 - There are twelve people on the stage. It's hard to describe how powerful the sound is.
  3. 19.39 - Eliza is centre stage in a fabulous red dress.
  4. 19.42 - She's introducing the house band. She's warned up she might blub. She won't be alone if she does!
  5. 19.44 - 'Flight of the Pelican' starts with a guitar solo followed by the haunting lyrics sung by Eliza about

audience reviews

Robert Power
oh my god, I`m sorry to say I didn`t know of Lal Waterson. This woundrous tribute to this stunning songwriter opened my ears to magical lyrics and music. I will now spend ridiculous amounts of cash to get this artist into my record collection.

george dean
Super, dialed in to watch mac but heard the songs. Listening to whole set now like goodnite,goodnite ,goodnite. ps. Never heard this group before, nice one

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