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Broken Ground

Waterson CarthyAudio CD
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listen  1. Raggle Taggle GipsiesNorma Waterson 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Bay of BiscayNorma Waterson 5:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Sheffield Waltz / Waltz Clog / The Wounded HussarNorma Waterson 5:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Lion's DenNorma Waterson 5:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Fare Thee Well Cold WinterNorma Waterson 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Rowling Hornpipe / Our Cat has Kitted / Bleaton Gardens / Sportsman's HornpipeNorma Waterson 5:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Forsaken MermaidNorma Waterson 5:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. We Poor Labouring MenNorma Waterson 5:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Ditchling CarolNorma Waterson 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Dorrington Lads / Adam a'BellNorma Waterson 7:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Royal Forester / The Bald Headed End of the BroomNorma Waterson 6:25$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (September 28, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Topic Records
  • ASIN: B00001NFGI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,697 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Member of the Order of the British Empire Martin Carthy and award winners Norma Waterson and Eliza Carthy have defined two waves of the British "folk revival," individually and in ensemble. Now they are four, with the addition of young melodeon player Saul Rose. Broken Ground continues their high standards for choice of songs and performance. Eliza's "Raggle Taggle Gypsy" is both sad and jaunty. She also tears out your heart on "The Forsaken Mermaid" with a rendition full of desolate emotion, placing her in position to develop into one of Britain's major folk interpreters as she matures. Norma offers a royal chestnut, "Bay of Biscay," and she does a fine new turn on it. Sir Martin's major vocal contribution is "The Lion's Den," which he delivers in classic Carthy style, skewed guitar rhythms and strained emphasis making the lyrics leap off the platter. Saul Rose adds his squeezebox to some terrific sets of tunes and gives Eliza Carthy some moments to show off her solid, unpretentious fiddling. The artists cover no new turf here, just solid ground, well traveled with spirit and very high musicianship. --Louis Gibson

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The great family tradition returns to record this time as a four piece, with Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy and Liza Carthy joined by Saul Rose on melodeons and voice. The extended line-up results in a jewel of an album. Stand out tracks are "Raggle Taggle Gipsies" featuring Liza, "The Bay of Biscay" featuring Norma, the staggering instrumentals and "Martin's Bald Headed End of the Broom" with New Orleans marching band added for good measure.

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5.0 out of 5 stars an embarrassment of riches February 26, 2000
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Waterson:Carthy is the best English folk band going -- period -- and of its three releases to date, this is its finest yet. Which is to say a mouthful. Of course, the excellence of Broken Ground is hardly surprising, given the towering and honorable roles Martin Carthy and the Waterson family into which he married have played in the British folk revival since the 1960s. Here Carthy, his wife Norma Waterson, and daughter Eliza, with the gifted young melodeon player Saul Rose, outdo themselves in a stirring set of traditional ballads, songs, and dance tunes. Not the least of these is Eliza's moving, distinctive version of "Raggle Taggle Gipsies" -- surely, if one counts all its variants ("Black Jack Davy," "Gypsy Davy," "Whistling Gypsy," and many more), the most recorded of all of Prof. Child's ballads. She also sings, to powerful effect, the less familiar "The Forsaken Mermaid." She and her mother join up on "Fare Thee Well Cold Winter," a variant of the nineteenth-century American parlor weeper "I'll Be All Smiles Tonight." Martin fronts a brass band on a terrific "Bald Headed End of the Broom," a wry song of marital strife usually associated with old-time Southern string bands. I could go on and on, but you'll find your own favorites here. Here's an embarrassment of riches, if ever there was one.
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