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The Water Lily

Priscilla Herdman

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Album Review

Herdman presents a more traditional set of songs on this collection, which was recorded in 1976. Accompanied by fiddle, mandolin, and cello, along with her own guitar, she is remarkably affecting on such emotional selections as "The Drover's Sweetheart" and, especially, "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda," which is all but guaranteed to provoke tears.

Biography

Born: Eastchester, NY

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

In contrast to many of her contemporaries in folk music, Priscilla Herdman is largely an interpretive singer in the tradition of Joan Baez and Judy Collins, rather than a singer/songwriter. She has described herself as "a songfinder and interpreter of other people's music," adding, "Part of my storyfinding job is to find songs which so much deserve to be heard." Those songs are then heard sung in a three-octave voice that has dazzled critics. "Herdman's gifted with a rich, almost opulent timbre...impeccable...
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