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Featuring musicians Martin Carthy, Norma Waterson, Eliza Carthy, Mike Waterson, Jim Boyes, Lester Simpson, and Barry Coope, Blue Murder has been a treat for folk festival attendees since the 80's. The group came together at England's Whitby Festival in 1988, claiming they did the show just to let loose and have some fun. Originally a collaboration between Swan Arcade and the Watersons, they played regularly throughout 1988-89 but stopped to work on their own material until 1994. It was then when they added Coope, Boyes and Simpson to the lineup and recorded a track for the Joseph Spence tribute album Out on the Rolling Sea. They continued to reunite at festivals occasionally until 2002, when they committed to recording their first album. Using traditional British folk songs but performing them in a method that best resembles a folk choir, the group maintained a legendary status because of their live shows. Recorded in the spring of 2002, No One Stands Alone appeared that summer and was followed by several live appearances. ~ Bradley Torreano


1988 in England

Years Active:

'80s, '90s, '00s