Nadia Cattouse was born in Belize City, British Honduras (now Belize), but moved to London in the early 1950’s. She was an actress (Play for Today, Dixon of Dock Green etc) and a singer described in Melody maker as ‘one of the giants of the British folk-song revival’. She was also one of Al Stewart’s inspirations in the mid 60’s, as they were playing in the same folk clubs such as 49 Greek St and Les Cousins.
This is a beautiful album with some stunning tracks, starting with some stunning double bass on the fantastic ‘B.C. people’. Some of the standout tracks being the Andy Roberts penned ‘On my grandmother’s floor’ and ‘Red and green Christmas’, plus a fab version of Dylan’s ‘Mr Tambourine Man’. Side 2 is a live set at the 1969 Edinburgh Festival and has another great version of ‘On my grandmother’s floor’ and ‘Bermondsey’. There is also a very heartfelt rendition of ‘Hurricane Hattie’ recalling a devastating hurricane that hit her homeland, Belize.
This is a fabulous album and is highly recommended, especially with the vinyl in such good condition.
Catthouse - Nadia Cattouse - Earth mother
TITLE: Earth mother
ARTIST: Nadia Cattouse
CAT NO: SF 8070
FORMAT: Vinyl LP album