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Nicholas Waller Lal Waterson BBC Radio4 Nov 2010 (51* d) Lal Waterson Radio4 13.30 Tues 9th 09 Nov 10

Apologies if someone else mentioned this before (though I saw no evidence from the last 7 days) but at half past one on BBC Radio 4 this afternoon (Tues 9th November 2010) there's a programme about Lal Waterson.

I assume after the broadcast it will become available on Listen Again - check out

Once in a Blue Moon: The Songs of Lal Waterson

The story of one of the great folk singers and writers of our time, Lal Waterson.

Lal Waterson's voice was stark but captivating and it's been said that the songs she wrote were close to German cabaret or chanson. They were lyrically ambitious and melodically powerful. Since her death in 1998, her reputation has grown and now she is placed alongside the great singer song-writers like Nick Drake and Richard Thompson. She was a member of the famous Waterson family and numbered among other relatives the folk singer Martin Carthy and his daughter Eliza.

In this feature, Robin Denselow explores the life and legacy of Lal Waterson and assesses her impact on song-writers today.

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