- Published: Wednesday, 03 December 2014 11:41
SPECIAL OFFER : A choice of free album or CD with any pair of tickets bought
Archway Room at Arden Road Social Club in Halifax, West Yorkshire
8pm doors : support on at 8.15 and main act on at 9.15
£9 advance : £9 DOGHOUSE members : £10 door
Advance tickets from Revo, Jumbo & on line via Ticketweb. Advanced booking is recommended.
We are very pleased to announce a rare chance to see Marry Waterson. Playing in the Archway Room at Arden Road Social Club (limited capacity). There's no Leeds or Manchester date on the short tour to promote her new album out in November.
Approx stage times: Marry W & David A Jaycock 9.15pm - Taylor Greaves Gillon 8.20pm
“Has the potential to be a lifelong companion. It’s that good.” 5/5 Nick Coleman, Independent On Sunday
“An even mix of fragility, wonder and lyrical nuance… a gently beguiling collection.” ****Mojo
“A brilliant new chapter in the family legend.” ****Nigel Williamson, Uncut
“A long-missed Waterson unveils a new-found song-writing talent” ****Maverick
“An important album” ****R2
Marry Waterson returns with a brand new album made in collaboration with David A. Jaycock on 20th November. Entitled Two Wolves, it was recorded in May of this year and produced by guitarist Neill MacColl and multi-instrumentalist/ arranger Kate St. John.
The seeds for the collaboration were sown in 2013 when David was asked - via mutual friend and collaborator, James Yorkston - to rearrange Yolk Yellow Legged, a co-write with Yorkston taken from Marry and brother Oliver Knight’s 2011 debut The Days That Shaped Me. David had been struck by the character and warmth of Marry’s singing when he saw her performing with Yorkston in 2009. “It was earthy, dreamlike, warm, powerful and jagged. It had the capacity to be both melancholic and joyful and it could tell a story - of course Marry Waterson could tell a story!”
When Oliver elected to take a break from music last year, Marry found herself without a musical foil (“I don’t play an instrument, my tunes are sung into existence.”) So she was intrigued when David – described by Yorkston as a ‘Cornish hermit and underground psychedelic freak-ball’ (!) – renewed contact to see if she would be interested in working together.
Hearing David’s music was to prove revelatory. “I felt like I had entered through a door hanging askew on one twisted hinge into a surreal world of cobwebs, all layered guitars and synths,” recalls Marry. “Sometimes it’s scary in there, but mostly it’s beguiling.” All the more so as Marry discovered that “I could sing anything into David’s tunes, the words just wrapped themselves easily around the melodies, though I had to be quite inventive sometimes to accommodate certain structures - and that gave me a different voice.”
Starting with what became Sing Me Into Your Tune – completed in a matter of hours - Marry & David entered into an eager musical correspondence by email and by phone. “What was coming back from Marry convinced me that we were on the right path. I felt a more tonal, but still dreamlike, surreal and at times dark sound was emerging. It was fascinating and exciting sending ideas and waiting to hear what came back. I could still experiment and be playful but always had an ear on keeping to a more traditional structure. Marry was interpreting the pieces beautifully. The lyrics were complete. I felt we were working almost telepathically at times. Modern technology making it all possible.”
The match made, Marry went about assembling a team of musicians around her to best service the material. Having previously worked with Neill MacColl and Kate St. John on several projects including Hal Willner’s Rogue’s Gallery at Sydney Opera House, the Bright Phoebus tour and on the forthcoming Ewan MacColl tribute album Joy of Living (contributing The Exile Song), the pair were the obvious choice to produce the record, in turn enlisting the help of outstanding musicians Kami Thompson (The Rails), Michael Tanner (Plinth), Alison Cotton (Saloon), Simon Edwards (Fairground attraction) and Emma Black (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra).
“Neill is another brilliant musician who really listens and gives you space,” enthuses Marry. “His contributions are so tasteful yet subtle, his playing is awesome, he’s rock solid and I feel safe with him. Kate’s arrangements are so compelling and definitive, vividly bringing these stories to life. They are both inventive and intuitive players.”
The songs themselves cover a wide range of subject material from laments about disappearing village communities (Hoping To Be Saved) to the title track’s reflection on the duality of human nature. Two songs explicitly acknowledge the Waterson legacy: The words to The Honey and the Seaweed are fashioned from Lal Waterson’s original lyric, written out of love for her friend and co-writer Christine Collins and set down in the late 60’s in a book containing early Bright Phoebus songs. Velvet Yeller meanwhile utilizes Mike Waterson’s recording of Tam Lin to startling effect. “I got to ‘sing’ with him one more time by weaving him into this tribute, which he read before he died,” says Marry of the song.
Strong support comes from Taylor, Greaves Gillon
Singer, songwriter, guitarist, mandolinist, poet and noted eccentric, Andy Greaves,, has been at the centre of the Calder Delta music scene since his debut in the 1980s with John Peel favourites The Chinese Gangster Element. Over the last 30 years he has created original music in genres as diverse as punk and country music. Andy currently fronts British Bluegrass rebels, The Tragics, as well as performing widely as a solo artist and poet.
An internationally acclaimed performer for over 25 years, Becky Taylor is one of the most respected female Uilleann pipers of her generation, as well as being an accomplished Northumbrian Smallpiper and multi-instrumentalist. Mike Harding described her debut CD as “an absolute delight” and, in the leading folk magazine fROOTS, her 2008 album Ireland ‘Bridge’(2008) which was described as “… sparky, much alive and of constant interest …” Becky has performed with leading rock and folk artists such as Lindisfarne and The Chieftains.
Guitarist, bass-player, singer, composer and arranger Les Gillon is a highly experienced musician who plays with a wide range of artists, regionally and across the country. His alternative rock band Fez recently celebrated its 30 year anniversary and he plays with a variety of other bands, including a country rock band, a jazz and blues combo and a group that performs Moroccan trance music. In addition to his work as a performer, Les works within University education, teaching contemporary music.