Marry Waterson and David A. Jaycock have revealed a brand-new video to accompany the haunting folk lament Forgive Me. The pair released their wonderful new album, Death Had Quicker Wings Than Love, their second as a duo, via One Little Indian Records on 29th September, with Forgive Me hailed as a stand-out track.
The lyrics are a plea from Marry to her two children, begging them for forgiveness as she struggles to watch them grow and fly the nest. It’s a subject that any mother could no doubt empathise with, and it is encased beautifully in their atmospheric folk song. In Marry’s Track-by-Track feature for the album on FRUK she said:
“Feeling ‘lost’ is a common thread on songs throughout the album, including ‘Forgive me’ (“if I lower my eyes as you rise”). After 19 years (largely) as a stay-at-home mum, my teens are flying the nest, my role is downsized and I’m finding it hard to adjust as I must. Dave composed this tune around my lyric. Ade added beautiful, mournful electric guitar.”
The video (by Marry) features moving home videos shown through a narrow camera lens.
Read our review of Death Had Quicker Wings Than Love
Read Marry’s Track-by-Track guide to the album here.
Marry Waterson made her recording debut on her mother Lal and aunt Norma Waterson’s A True Hearted Girl back in 1977 and later under the name The Waterdaughters. She also formed an occasional singing partnership with them and Eliza Carthy, appearing on numerous Watersons and Waterson:Carthy recordings to boot – but it wasn’t until two crucial shows in 2007 that the idea of making music herself really took hold.
That year Marry and brother Oliver Knight appeared with the Waterson family at a special Royal Albert Hall concert entitled A Mighty River of Song, and again later the same year at the BBC Electric Proms Concert Once in a Blue Moon: A Tribute to Lal Waterson in which they both played key roles as performers and curators.
Encouraged, in 2011 came the pair’s hugely acclaimed debut The Days That Shaped Me, which was nominated for a BBC Folk Award. That album, and it’s 2012 follow-up Hidden (again as Marry Waterson & Oliver Knight) showcased Marry’s highly original and distinctly English performance style – a style that owes much to the folk tradition. Marry went on to team up with David A Jaycock for her third album Two Wolves in 2015, which was released to fantastic critical praise. Having previously worked with Neill MacColl and Kate St. John on several projects including Hal Willner’s Rogue’s Gallery at Sydney Opera House and the Bright Phoebus tour, the pair were the obvious choice to produce the record.
Marry worked on the beautiful Lal Waterson tribute album and book: Teach Me To Be A Summer’s Morning (Fledg’ling) in 2013 and on the reissue in 2017 of the landmark folk album Bright Phoebus (Domino 2017), Lal and Mike Waterson’s 1972 folk-noir masterpiece. The album featured performances from Lal, Mike and Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson, Ashley Hutchings, Dave Mattacks, Tim Hart and Maddy Prior, amongst others, the album is now recognised as a forward-thinking benchmark for the genre.