Mike Waterson and the Folk Revival

Today’s pro­gramme cel­e­brates the mem­o­ry and the music of writer, song­writer and singer Michael (Mike) Water­son (16 Jan­u­ary 1941 – 22 June 2011), and we will be play­ing selec­tions of his music, the music of his fam­i­ly and of oth­er artistes in their cir­cle and beyond.

One of the lead­ing founders of the 1960s folk revival, Water­son was born in Hull, East Rid­ing of York­shire, Eng­land. He is best remem­bered as a mem­ber of The Water­sons, with his sis­ters Lal Water­son and Nor­ma Water­son and his broth­er-in-law Mar­tin Carthy. In the 1968–1972 inter­val between the two incar­na­tions of The Water­sons, he and his sis­ter Lal record­ed the album Bright Phoe­bus.

He leaves three daugh­ters, one son, and four grand­chil­dren.

He was a mem­ber of Blue Mur­der, and also appeared in the orig­i­nal record­ing of Peter Bel­lamy’s The Trans­ports, and we’ll hear from both today along with a selec­tion of Mike and The Water­son­’s record­ings. We’ll also be play­ing tracks from Shin­ing Bright — The Songs of Mike and Lal Water­son, in which their songs are per­formed by a vari­ety of artistes.

Then please join us at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic Time (7pm and 3am in the UK) for the lat­est instal­ments in our excit­ing adven­tures from ZBS Foun­da­tion in the ZBS Radio Hour. This week we begin a new adven­ture with Jack Flan­ders in Dreams of Suma­tra, and we con­tin­ue Ruby 7 — Dream Weaver, Dream Deceiv­er.

The image shows a late line­up of The Water­sons fea­tur­ing (left to right) Nor­ma, Mar­tin Carthy, Rachel, Mike and Lal Water­son. Live at the Rock­ing­ham Arms, Went­worth, South York­shire, Fri­day 16th Octo­ber 1987. Pho­to­graph by Kevin Boyd. Text based on the Wikipedia entry.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin and pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with our friends at the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at http://main.radioriel.org, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link: http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

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