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Contributor: Ian Ashleigh
Sometimes it’s more difficult to reduce a catalogue of 20 songs to just 10, particularly when each song is unique and the 20 songs represent the recorded history of a trio you knew personally.
When I went to Lanchester Polytechnic in Coventry in 1978 and became involved with the Folk Club there, the talk was of a band called Waterfall who were students at the nearby Warwick University. It transpired the band was a trio; Keith Donnelly (guitar, vocals and 18 of the songs), Martyn Oram (fiddle, mandolin, bowed psaltery, guitar, vocals and 2 of the songs) and Gilly Darbey (vocals, guitar & mandolin). We went to see them play at the Warwick University Folk Club and they played at the Poly too. Gilly Darbey has a stunning voice and brings life to Keith Donnelly’s intelligent and carefully crafted lyrics. They released two albums together and I have both, duly signed by the band. I’m not aware they have ever become available on CD and have digitised my vinyl complete with the pops and scratches of age; an internet search reveals the vinyl records fetch unreal prices.
25 years after their last Waterfall 'duo' collaboration, Keith Donnelly & Martyn Oram have reformed for occasional performances. Presenting an entertaining mix mostly of their music from the late '70's,
Beautiful songs, dynamic performance and fun! with guitars, violin, mandolin & bouzouki.
A concert of nostalgia for those who remember, and discovery for those who don't.