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ByhC ZOJN "When we sing we all mustrlite to make a good deal of money, especially
"Our harmonies are very hit or
miss," said Martin Carthy earnestly,
though unconvincingly. His group, the
Watersons, an a capella English folk
singing quartet on their first visit to
Ann Arbor, rang out fascinating and
majestic four part vocal harmonies
during two Sunday night concerts at the
Ark, which were anything but
"We call if free harmony," added
Norma Waterson, Martin's dark-haired
wife. "No one has any assigned parts
like bass or soprano: We sing the notes
however the music tells us to.
Sometimes no one has the melody and
two of the harmonies are meant to
combine for the main line. We don't
really analyze it."
THESE WATERSONS are very
popular and practically a legend among
English folk music buffs both here and
abroad, and their concerts in Ann Arbor
were solidly attended. "Recording
together and in various combinations
we have eight albums released in this
country," said Mike Waterson, a mid-
dle-aged building contractor by trade
back in Northern England. "Our recep-
tion in the States has been very
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each other," explained Lal Waterson,
Mike's wife. Lal is the only member of
the group who doesn't cup a right hand
to the ear while singing to help main-
tain pitch. "Never learned that way."
All four group members live in the
same shouse, and they find themselves
working up songs, "kicking them into
shape" during car rides to and from the
approximately thrice-weekly shows
which they perform back in England.
"As a consequence, before we perform
anything it's usually been sung around
for quite some time," said Mike.
"Though we tend not to practice: We sing
The obvious result of this kind of
group spirit and friendly, intimate
relationship with the music is the
dynamic, rising harmony which has
become a group trademark. "This talk
about the Watersons being a harmony
group, frankly, gets on our nerves,"
smiled Mike. "We tried to sing unison a
while back, but it was unnatural: We
couldn't help but slip into the different
MARTIN CARTHY, a major force in
the revival of traditional music, opened
the evening with approximately an
hour of guitar playing and ballad
singing before being joined by the other
three members of the Watersons. Solid,
melodic six string picking plus Carthy's
hard baritone singing were a pleasant
combination, but an hour's worth of
ballads requires enervating concen-
tration on the part of any audience,and
such a performance is better suited for
those with the temperament for poetry
readings and two-hour lecture classes.
In describing his popularity and that
of his group, Carthy remarked that they
are "very big on the folk scene, which is
not very big in England. I'd say it's
rather an underground form of enter-
tainment which is peopled by
amateurs. Performers who want to
the groups, have to go from folk to pop
music. There's very little crossover
between the two, as in America."
Carthy added that he enjoys touring,
but only for a few weeks at a time: "We
like to get back home and relax."
'.I can't afford to do this for much
longer than three weeks," added Mike
as he took a long drink from a mug of
room-temperature imported beer. As
long as there were real-life Englishmen
in the room, why the lukewarm suds?
"Don't be silly!" they roared. "You
can't sing on iced beer! It tightens up
your throat and chest muscles: That's
why everybody sings in our pubs, and
only the performers sing in vyor bars."
wheeling, independent style, what he
calls a "synthesis" of many kinds of
music. "Any and all musical influences
can be brought together," he says,
"This is the folk process."
Based on his "synthesis" presented
this weekend at the Ark, one comes
away satisfied and impressed, not only
with the skillful arrangements but with
the jovial informality with which he
performs. His act is great fun to watch.
This may come as a surprise to
many, who would have doubts about
spending an entire evening watching
one musician play harmonica. This
preconception is understandable,
provided that it is accompanied by a
general lack of familiarity with the in-
strument and its possibilities, but Mad-
cat manages to incorporate just enough
variations and, yes, gimmicks, to keep
his act interesting.
MADCAT has toured with Dave
Brubeck and company in years past,
and Brubeck once said of him, "It
doesn't matter if he's playing a hoe-
down kind of thing that gradually
evolves into a blues and pretty soon into
jazz. We've found that audiences here
and overseas go with him all the way."
Born in Park Ridge, Illinois, Madcat
grew up in Chicago, and found his way
to Ann Arbor in 1969, which he regards
as a "wonderful place to live." He began
playing folk guitar in high school, until
Sonny Terry captured his attention on
a Brownie McGhee album. "My heart
was stolen by Sonny Terry's har-
monica," he said, "and I decided that's
the way I wanted to sound."
In the late 60's, Madcat became
acquainted with Dave Brubeck's son,
Chris, who played in a band called New
Heavenly Blue. He toured with them,
recording a pair of albums in the
process, and in 1973, joined another
Brubeck son, Darius, and toured with
his ensemble along with Dave's quar-
tet. When this quartet disbanded, Mad-
cat and Darius' crew toured and direc-
tly backed up Dave Brubeck on jazz
piano. From there, Madcat joined a
"funk" band called "Sky King," until
venturing off on his own.
"After playing in other people's ban-
ds for ten years, my apprenticeship is
over," he explained. "It's time to play
my own music just as I feel it. . . no
In his professional career spanning
the last decade, Madcat has appeared
in Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Ken-
nedy Center, the Cellar Door, Bottom
Line, the Sydney and Berlin Opera
Houses, among others.
According to Madcat, performing
solo is actually easier than with an en-
semble, in that "there are no com-
promises - I can play songs on the spot
- I can change verses and songs. It's
very freeing." On the other hand, he
explains, there are drawbacks: "What
I miss is a band."
ALTHOUGH there were moments
when he appeared lonely at the Ark, his
constant shuffling of his many in-
struments, along with a delightful ap-
pearance by ageless Percy Danforth on
the bones, his performance never
seemed to bore the audience.
A virtual arsenal of Hohner marine
band and vest pocket mouth-harps,
each in its own key, littered a tray next
to his microphones, and with them, a
combination of Jew's harps, whistles,
and a "kalimba" (an African thumb
piano), accompanied the ever-smiling
virtuoso as he played his harmonicas,
sometimes two at a time or several in a
Watch out for Madcat. At the age of
29, his career as a composer and in-
novator, as well as a performer, looks
promising to say the least. He has
talked of forming a new band, "the type
of band that plays the type of music I
like to play."
Based on the spirit and skill he
displayed at the Ark this weekend,
Madcat and his ambitions look to be a
force with which to be reckoned as time
By STEVE HOOK
IT IS REALLY high time that we get
acquainted with Peter "Madcat"
Ruth, for though he has made his
career here in Ann Arbor, the amazing
harmonica virtuoso may one day get a
professional offer he can't refuse, and
we'll all be the poorer for his absence.
Madcat, who also sings, dabbles with
the acoustic guitar and dozens of weird
and unusual instruments such as bir-
dcalls ai.d pennywhistles, defies
categorization. He detests the thought.
"Categories people put on music seem
artificial. It's really all just music to
me. If you can label my style, then
you're the first."
He plays a variety of music, from folk
blues to country and jazz, and many of
his arrangements incorporate more
than one genre. He will admit to being
heavily influenced by Chicago blues,
and does not deny that the folk blues
style of harmonica artist Sonny Terry
has played a great role in his musical
BEYOND THAT, he has a free
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Who among us has not at one time or
another, no matter how appalling the
prospect, imagined himself a perfor-
ming musician? Come on: The tennis
racket guitar? The pencil microphone?
The conjectural audience?
But all too often, "real" entertaining
is reserved for those with lots of hustle
and talent who take enough hard
knocks on their way up to keep them
writing depressing songs for a lifetime.
Of course, the Ann Arbor amateur only
needs a schtick and the courage to per-
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form, because the microphones are
open Wednesday night at the weekly
Ark coffeehouse hootenannies. And
now, in an effort to further oppor-
tunities for those of us who only ma ch
the concerts in Crisler arena, the
programming division of the University
Activities Center (UAC) is sponsoring
weekly "Soundstage Coffeehouses."
"We are setting up a forum for
student talent," said Jenny Schuman,
LS&A sophomore and coordinator of
the program. "This should be a nice
chance for music school and LS&A
students to get together and hear all the
different kinds of music which people
are playing in this area."
SCHUMAN, WHO can be reached at
763-1107, conducts auditions for Soun-
dstage, but stresses that the purpose of
the tryouts is essentially to get a feel for
what the performer is going to do and at
what point they might best fit into the
show. "No rock and roll," she added,
looking around the cozy confines of the
first floor Union lounge where the stage
was set up. "That's not quite the idea.
Otherwise, all kinds of music are
Thursday night's Soundstage was
fairly well attended, considering the
problems Schuman had with publicity,
and as the word spreads,-students and
members'of the community should find
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