Waterson:Carthy Fishes & Fine Yellow Sand
- Released: June 7, 2004
- Label: Topic Records
Mojo (Publisher) - p.933 stars out of 5 - "Packed with dark characters and dirty deeds, WC have a real spring in their step."
- 1.Goodbye Fare You Well
- 2.The Oxford Girl
- 3.The Galopede / Walter Bulwer's No.2 / Walter Bulwer's No.1
- 4.Newry Town
- 5.Farewell Lovely Nancy
- 6.Black Muddy River
- 7.The Quadrille / The Tempest / The Portland Fancy
- 8.Napoleon's Death
- 9.Green Broom
- 10.George Tills' No.2 / George Tills No.1
- 11.Captain Kidd
- 12.Twenty One Years on Dartmoor
Waterson:Carthy: Martin Carthy (vocals, guitar, banjo); Eliza Carthy (vocals, fiddle); Tim van Eyken (vocals, melodeon); Norma Waterson (vocals, triangle).
Additional personnel: Ben Ivitsky (viola).
Audio Mixer: Oliver Knight.
Liner Note Authors: Martin Carthy; Norma Waterson.
Recording information: Blackheath Concert Hall.
Photographer: John Haxby.
Arrangers: Ben Ivitsky; Eliza Carthy; Martin Carthy; Norma Waterson; Tim van Eyken.
The participants in Waterson: Carthy -- Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy, and Tim Van Eyken -- are formidable folkies fully capable of holding their own as solo artists, so it's extra special when they pull their talent together for an album like Fishes & Fine Yellow Sand. The group occupies the same musical turf that Waterson and Martin Carthy helped to carve out during the British folk revival in the early '60s, a turf based on traditional songs and acoustic instruments. Even fiddler/vocalist Eliza Carthy, also known for her contemporary songwriting and progressive folk style, buries these tendencies here for lovely renditions of "Newry Town" and "Captain Kidd." Even within a traditional vein, however, the joy of Fishes & Fine Yellow Sand is the variety highlighted by several talented -- and quite different -- vocalists. Waterson's weathered, deep rendering of a worn classic like "The Oxford Girl" gives the song a new sheen. Most revealing, though, is Waterson's lead and the accompanying harmony on Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia's "Black Muddy River." For those who cry that this isn't a traditional song, it's likely that those unfamiliar with the Grateful Dead will be able to separate it from oldies like "Goodbye Fare You Well." Fishes & Fine Yellow Sand is another fine release from Waterson: Carthy, and will please fans as well as anyone who enjoys good acoustic music. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.
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