|London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra
Beautiful songs, dynamic performance and fun! with guitars, violin, mandolin & bouzouki.
A concert of nostalgia for those who remember, and discovery for those who don't.
ELY FOLK CLUB Jan '03
FOLK ON THE FOSSE Jan '03
Warwick Uni Folk Club 1976 (photo by Peter Groves)
White Horse Folk Club, Leamington Spa, summer 1977,
regular haunt for Keith and Martyn on Sunday evenings.
(note the first "Waterfall" poster, above Martyn's head)
WATERFALL were playing floorspots whenever possible in folk clubs up and down the country, and in September 1977 they recorded their first LP THE FLIGHT OF THE DAY at Woodbine Studios, a 4 track studio built into the front room of Johnny Rivers small terraced home in Leamington Spa. (Now available on CD see discography).
In February 1978, Martyn and Keith were playing at Lanchester Polytechnic Folk Club, in Coventry when they were stunned by the voice of one of the floor singers, Gilly Darbey, and so WATERFALL became a trio.
After another six months of floorspots and self-promotion, WATERFALL began gigging full time, and on 1st November 1978 had their first national radio broadcast on BBC Radio 1s Kid Jensen Show.
In Spring 81 they recorded a new LP BENEATH THE STARS, at Gateway Studios, London, produced by Phillip Goodhand-Tait, from which Martyns composition "Mon Couer Est La was selected for a 6 month play on British Airways world flights.
Although critically acclaimed, and very popular on the folk scene, WATERFALL were unfortunately never able to break out to a wider market, and the pressures of touring and sharing lives saw the group split in February 1982. (Keith and Gilly continued playing as a duo under the names Little Aeroplane and then Nothing By Chance, but in the '90s separated to begin solo careers.) For the rest of Martyn's story, check the biography page.
There are lots of video clips of Waterfall on YouTube.