Following last year’s acclaimed collection, The Lost Will and Testament of Jake Thackray, John Watterson is proud to announce the release of his new album, The Resurrection of Frédéric Debreu.
The album consists of eleven songs written by novelist Alex Marsh and songwriter Paul Thompson.
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Frédéric Debreu is the legendary, enigmatic, much loved (and entirely fictional) chansonnier, celebrated in Alex’s novel, The Resurrection of Frédéric Debreu. Having greatly enjoyed the novel and its tantalising snippets of Monsieur Debreu’s lyrics, Paul persuaded Alex to join him in creating a back catalogue for the great chansonnier (in English translation, of course). This album is the end result. True to the traditions of chanson, the songs are by turns humorous, satirical, poignant and moving.
The songs reflect the admiration Alex and Paul have for Jake Thackray and Georges Brassens. As Paul collaborated closely with John Watterson on The Lost Will, playing guitar and finishing some of Thackray’s incomplete songs, who better to bring Debreu’s songs to life than John? As Fake Thackray he has toured with Fairport Convention and performed at Latitude, Cropredy and the Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. He has also played for Jake’s family. He has appeared regularly on national and local radio, including Cerys Matthews’ Radio 2 documentary about Thackray and Radio 4’s Great Lives.
The Vengeful Widow
Her Precious Child*
Let Me In
The Pretty Goat
I Can’t Live Without You
The Ironmonger of Vallières
The Twilight Amorist
The Fundamental Question*
The Thorigny Fields
John Watterson (voice), Paul Thompson (guitar, whistling), Will Thompson (double bass, ukulele).
Produced and arranged by Will Thompson
All songs written by Alex Marsh and Paul Thompson except * written by Paul Thompson
Original artwork by Jason Anscomb.