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Waterson:Carthy

8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, February 24 and 25. Focal Point (2720 Sutton Avenue, Maplewood).

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$16 to $18. 314-781-4200.

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It may take them decades of post-psychedelic rehab and decades more of just learning to sing and play in tune and in time, but one day the freak-folkies may catch up with Waterson:Carthy. If they don't, it's only because the first family of British folk music is light-years ahead of the acoustic heads before and after them — at least in terms of pure talent and knowledge. Matriarch Norma Waterson knows songs that are so obscure they might no longer exist were it not for her weighty, copper-bell voice; patriarch Martin Carthy's paradoxical guitar work is at once baroque and minimalist. Daughter Eliza Carthy adds verdant fiddle and precise mandolin, as well as sprite-like harmonies that sweep away any curatorial dust.

 
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