Hull Truck Theatre, Hull2017 & BBC Radio 3

The First Family of English Folk

Part of Uproot

Exploring Hull’s rich folk music traditions

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Kathryn Tickell introduces a celebration of Hull’s famous Waterson Family.

The Watersons were leading figures in the English folk revival in the 1960s and 70s, acclaimed for their unique song repertoire and distinctive vocal harmonies. In this special concert for Hull UK City of Culture 2017, they return to their home town, with a first half that celebrates the traditions of the Waterson Family's vocal harmonies, and a second half with The Gift Band, fronted by Norma Waterson, the only remaining member of the original 1960s line-up, with her daughter Eliza Carthy and husband Martin Carthy. In the interval, profiles of refugee musicians in Hull.

Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 Friday 7th April 19:30 – 22:00


In Tune (Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 Friday 7th April 16:30 – 18:30) From Hull Truck Theatre, a mixture of live music and chat introduced by Sean Rafferty, including performance from Kathryn Tickell and Amy Thatcher and conversation with the actor and director Barrie Rutter.

Tickets to the live broadcast are available free from BBC Studio Audiences: