Bright Phoebus Revisited
Submitted by Michael on 12 October 2013 - 8:49am
Bright Phoebus is a great lost album by the folk singers Lal and Mike Waterson and it's being celebrated by the whole Waterson family with a large cast of players and special guests. The concert revisits Lal and Mike's extraordinary songs - about the sun, nature and the passing seasons that touch upon darker subjects like alcoholism and sickness. Stylistically there are singalongs, ballads, a country song and a rockabilly tinged track, Danny Rose that's played tonight by Richard Hawley. Jarvis Cocker steps up to sing a gloomy, deep-voiced version of The Scarecrow that captures the song's dark, Wicker Man feel. Another highlight of the evening was the lovely, John Martyn inflected voice and playing of John Smith. Martin Carthy does a fair version of the beautiful and unnerving Never the Same and the whole ensemble joins to raise the roof with a couple of singalongs - the title track, Bright Phoebus and Shady Lady.
Seated, folky and respectful.
It made me think:
Due to record company problems the album has been out of print for years - hopefully it will now get a release.